Tasmania's bustling, cosmopolitan capital has a burgeoning foodie reputation. Hobart's restaurants are ready and waiting with excellent service, a glass or two of your favourite Tasmanian wine and, most importantly, menus to match your every mood. Seafood fresh from the ocean is naturally a big deal here and fish, lobster and oysters form an integral part of modern Australian cuisine at the best of the Hobart restaurants set within the top-ranking hotels in the city centre. Head to the shore for the best seafood, fresh off the boat, where scallop pie is an essential local delicacy. North Hobart is bursting with international cuisine as well, so the choice is yours!
Tasmania is the world's biggest supplier of wild abalone and there are truffles in abundance, while wasabi is another locally-produced favourite. These form some of the cornerstones of contemporary Tasmanian cooking if you're looking for an adventurous night out, and when it comes to side dishes, Tasmania's farmers are big on organic. Produce here is world-renowned and you'll find locally-produced vegetables, olives and fruit incorporated into many dishes. Cheese lovers are in for a real treat, too, as Tasmanian brie and blue cheese are award-winning alongside speciality cheeses made from sheep and goat's milk, too.
You may need to brush up your seafood vocabulary if you want to get the best of Hobart's many fish restaurants. Be adventurous when it comes to choosing from the menu and try deep sea trevalla that’s unique to the island of Tasmania. If you like cod, you're guaranteed a delicious meal at one of the many fish and seafood restaurants in Salamanca. The fishing around Tasmania offers many other riches and, along with oysters and abalone, local Tasmanian lobster is yet another great recommendation, whether you're at the seaside or in the centre of Hobart. Freshly cooked just for you, you won't taste better lobster, served simply with butter and lemon.
The hottest place to go for truly unique Hobart seafood restaurants is Constitution Dock, just adjacent to Salamanca Place, where the thriving Saturday market is one of the island's most popular tourist attractions. Beyond the land-side stalls, you'll find what the locals call ‘punts’, which are stalls that literally float in the harbour selling delicious, freshly-caught fish and just-fried chips. These tiny Hobart restaurants are unique in Tasmania - if not in the world, so have to be experienced at least once. Their oysters, tasting of the sea they've just been harvested from, are a real delicacy, and back on land you'll find some of Hobart's best seafood restaurants in Salamanca Place itself.
Inland, away from the seaside, there's a strip of restaurants in North Hobart that really do have it all. Head for Elizabeth Street which has been redeveloped and pedestrianised. Here there's outdoor seating offered by many of the restaurants and cafes, so take your time to find a favourite eating place because there's a lot to choose from at these North Hobart restaurants. The pickiest of guests will find their desires are met. You might try a fine Indian restaurant, for example, or delicious locally-caught prawns cooked in a contemporary style at a Modern Australian Hobart restaurant. Naturally, there are many fine French, Italian, Chinese and Spanish choices as well. Whatever your choice of cuisine, a glass of fine Tasmanian wine is the perfect complement to your meal, and there's locally-produced cider and gin from boutique makers, too. Cheers!
Hobart's Japanese restaurants really do have an international reputation. Great sushi is a real favourite here. As you'd expect from any Australian city, there is a wide variety of steakhouses, too, which cater for the most hearty of appetites. Whether your choice of steak comes well-done or so rare it's barely touched the grill, a glass or two of fine Tasmanian red wine is just about mandatory. Highly sought after Wagyu cattle are farmed in the north west of the island and, for the true steak connoisseur, Wagyu steaks can be found on the more rarefied of upmarket menus. Take a look at the wide choice of Hobart restaurants of all sorts on Quandoo - and don't forget to leave a review!