13 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point (03) 6281 9390 tiama.com.au Open Monday-Saturday for dinner Enter Ti Ama and you’re likely to be warmly greeted by Isabella Lubiana, who grew up surrounded by good wine and fun times at her parents’ vineyard, Stefano Lubiana, north of Hobart. This is the second venture for Isabella and her partner, Joel Edwards, who opened wildly popular Local Pizza, not far from Mona, in Berriedale in 2015. Little surprise that they’re sticking with what they’re good at: slow-dough woodfired pizza. Sit out the back, where a DJ plays upbeat dinner tunes, and feast on pizzas topped with chilli squid, lemon zest, parsley, garlic and olive oil or grilled zucchini, roast artichoke, mozzarella and gremolata. Pair it with Willie Smith’s traditional cider or, of course, the Lubiana family’s lauded wines.
63 Salamanca Place, Battery Point 0499 888 233 theden.com.au Open seven days for lunch and dinner Head chef Josh Mathewson has swapped the swanky surroundings of luxury lodge Saffire Freycinet for a threestorey Georgian sandstone warehouse in Hobart’s historical Battery Point. It’s a stunning space featuring local timbers (sourced and installed by local craftsman John Sutcliffe), leather, sandstone and a dramatic internal fireplace. The food plays well with its environment, from snacky wonders (pork belly tonkatsu with housemade sauce, kimchi and pickled daikon) to heartier fare (steamed bao four ways or soba noodle salad with cucumber, bok choy, carrot, daikon, peanuts and soy). And such care has gone into the cocktail menu, it would be a crime not to succumb.