Food vendors surrounding the fountain, tables made from roadwork signs scattered under the leafy trees, the grassy slope filled with people enjoying their food and drink picnic style while watching local bands perform on the stage – Street Eats @ Franko is simply magnificent.
There is something chilled yet sophisticated about Street Eats, the creators have really thought about the space and the comfort of the patrons.
The Two Girls spent a relaxed couple of hours catching up while experiencing the wonderful atmosphere to farewell 2016.
We have to say, we were surprised at the amount of vendors we’d not heard of before, Tassie’s food scene really is booming!
We started our experience with Bao Zi (traditional Chinese steamed buns) from Deep End Farm. The Other Girl had their pork and This Girl chose their vegetarian (spicy tofu) $3.50 each, they also had a beef option. We were both happy with our picks the buns were soft and fluffy and the fillings were ample and tasty. They are accompanied by a soy, garlic and ginger dressing.
We then grabbed a glass of the Bream Creek bubbles $9 and the tasting plate from Tik’s Sauce. Ten dollars got us a spring roll, 3 fish cakes and 2 chicken satay skewers that came with seriously one of the best satay sauces we’ve tried – a well-balanced combo with a great hint of lemongrass.
Sirocco South was our next stop where we had saffron arancini with mozzarella $13, stuffed zucchini flower with ricotta and basil $10 and the stand out, their flatbread, twice cooked lamb belly with prosciutto and pesto $14. It was a fully flavoursome meal. The arancini and zucchini flower were a slight let down for us, both could have used a little bit more seasoning and a favour punch; some anchovy in the ricotta filling or a pesto sauce to keep it vegetarian. The arancini would definitely benefit from a sauce of some sort or maybe some semi-dried tomatoes or porcini.
We were pretty satisfied at this stage but couldn’t resist trying a couple of desserts on offer. We shared Georgia’s Kuzina loukoumades (Greek donuts) with honey and cinnamon $12 (you can also choose a chocolate sauce) and the amazing chocolate cone from Cole River Farm $12.
We didn’t have room for them, but we did manage to get a photo of the Lady Hester donuts thanks to the lovely locals we shared our table with.
Street Eats is a real alternative – with a relaxed atmosphere, good food and entertainment; a great Friday night option.
It’s on every Friday evening until April 2017 where Franklin Square transforms into the newest event bringing the people and visitors of this wonderful city together.
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Another successful venture by Madi Seeber-Peattie who also brings us Hobart’s Farm Gate Market