IDON’T know how many years, if not decades, it is since I last had lambs fry and bacon for breakfast. And I don’t recall ever having it with nicely dressed leaves and a fried egg on top.
Followed by fruit brioche with delicious lemon curd and great coffee, this excellent little cafe was my perfect start to a chilly day a few weeks ago.
Owner/ chef Gail Sellin came to Hobart from Sydney three years ago with a CV in her pocket that included long sous- chefing stints with such luminaries as Neil Perry and Kylie Kwong.
After a baby and 18 months at the delightful Tricycle in Salamanca, she opened Raspberry Fool a year ago.
She makes and bakes everything herself, from the bread, muffins and cakes to a constantly rotating selection of exceptionally flavoursome pies and daily offerings of soups and savoury dishes written up on a wall mirror.
And, like most good chefs I know, she loves offal.
So, in addition to that lambs fry, the day’s savoury dish might be braised tripe or, as I enjoyed another time at lunch after a richly warming chorizo and white bean soup, a beautifully cooked and presented square of crisp and melting tender pork belly – its
richness offset by slices of pickled quince with savoy cabbage and glazed baby turnips from growers at Saltwater River.
While pork belly dishes have become ubiquitous around town, this was as good as the best of them at little more than half the price.
But, if lambs fry and offal are not your thing, there are plenty of other attractive all- day breakfast, lunchtime and in- between options.
There’s excellent house- made muesli with yoghurt and fruit; eggs any which way including three different omelettes, with sides running from dressed greens and smashed avocado to smoky beans and black pudding; plus a range of cakes, slices and biscuits, nicely composed and properly dressed salads, toasted sandwiches and a great selection of what, after a recent pie- eating marathon for another publication, are what I consider to be the city’s best pies.
And it is the excellence of the fillings for those toasted sandwiches and pies
There’s a great selection of what, after a recent pie- eating marathon for another publication, are what I consider to be the city’s best pies
that, perhaps more than anything else, demonstrates Sellin’s sure touch with flavours and sets Raspberry Fool apart from most other cafes around the city.
Sandwiches with pumpkin, goats curd, beetroot, rocket and herb mayo; zucchini, lemon ricotta, herb salsa and greens; or Gail’s meatloaf with beetroot relish, gherkins and cheese.
And the five or six pies she bakes daily rotate between Moroccan lamb, broccoli kale and cheese, braised steak, wild rabbit, bacon and potato, chicken mushroom and leek, spiced lentil and pumpkin, ratatouille and white bean, chilli bean, Sri Lankan curried goat, cardamom curried beef, steak bacon and kidney, oxtail mushroom and stout and lamb barley and vegetable.
From the coffee to the last green leaf and bite of pie, it’s all deliciously good stuff.
Sourdough toast and marmalade $ 8; eggs $ 11-$ 16; soups $ 12; pies $ 6-$ 7; toasted sandwiches $ 10-$ 12; savoury mains $ 14-$ 17.
IRRESISTIBLE: Hot savoury pies are baked daily and served with fresh salad.