Hobartians will tell you that Thylacine sightings are not that uncommon. In fact there’s one that’s always in Collins Street.
Former mascot to the Cascade Brewing Company, a Tasmanian Tiger marks the location of their former administrative offices in Hobart’s CBD. Now it’s part of the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel’s development providing a refurbished bar and casual eatery to hotel patrons and locals.
The contemporary fit out is in tune to its past. The beautiful sandstone walls are untouched and furnishings are simple, beech timber and charcoal upholstery with an image or two of old Cascade Brewing Company advertisements, before they replaced our State dog with the impressive brewery that sits on the bend of Cascade Road in South Hobart.
The Two Girls were both a little thrilled that the space had been given a new life and was open to the public. It’s been awhile, so we dusted off The Only Child there recently for lunch.
We didn’t do our usual menu investigations before visiting and lacked some confidence understanding the menu. We’d describe it as a bar with food options rather than a lunch venue in its own right: snacks, plates for one, and plates for lunch. Contrary the popular trend of describing every aspect of a meal including what the chef will be wearing, there wasn’t quite enough information to know what to expect.
The salt and pepper squid ordered by the Only Child came in a wire basket on a board. She’d fortunately ordered some chips to go with but our verdict was that it was better matched to a snack than a lunch menu. While the squid was beautifully crispy and tender, we all agreed they needed to turn the dial up on the seasonings.
This Girl had the beer battered flathead with chips and salad. It was a good sized meal, appropriate for a lunch meal. On this occasion the fish was overcooked and fell flat for such a lovely sweet succulent fish that you can catch off our coast.
The Other Girl won on the menu lottery this time with the handmade pasta with chilli and garlic chips. It was a simple dish, respectfully dressed and perfectly cooked pasta. The generous flecks of red and green (parsley) didn’t detract from the hand cut pasta notwithstanding, the parmesan could have been played a bigger role in the event.
We drank Delamere NV Sparkling Rose which was reasonably priced at$12.50 a glass.
The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable when it came to their menu and the drinks. We felt they listened to our feedback about the meals and hopefully that will feed through to the kitchen.
While we left uninspired by the meals, however the space was definitely somewhere we will be heading back for after work drinks and perhaps to try some of their other snack type items. We’ll keep a watching brief on the menu.
They are at 154 Collins Street and open Monday to Saturday from 11:30am to 10:30pm and Sunday’s 2pm to 10pm
They don’t have a huge online presence but you can find them on Facebook
Here are a couple of our other favourite after work drink venues in the CBD; Standard Drinks and Alabama Hotel; A Room With A View on the Street of Love