A tasty delight for foodies
YOU may think guides on paper advising where to eat and drink have been superseded by the likes of Trip Advisor and Urbanspoon, available at the stroke of a smart phone.
In my opinion, you’d be wrong to think this. Commentators on these popular websites often either heap extravagant, uncritical praise on an outlet or damn it with I’ll- never- go- back outrage; one opinion effectively cancelling out the next.
Besides which, in Tasmania you might be fi rmly on the beaten track and still be out of reception for even the smartest of phones.
So I’m pleased to see a page- turning sixth edition of Graeme Phillips’s eating and quaffi ng guide.
It gives you not just the culinary high spots, best food stores, markets and cellar doors, but where they are along the road in 12 regions.
It is enormously helpful to have a guide to eating and watering holes from someone whose judgment you trust.
Instead of competing opinions, this guide gives us one well- qualifi ed person’s evaluation of venues from fi ve- star dining to truck- stop cafes.
Phillips asks for feedback on any of the establishments in the guide, whether your experience was “good, bad or disastrous”.
This is not to say there is any sniping within the guide, as the author says “inclusion itself is a rating”. No venue is criticised, it simply is not included. Phillips also awards chef’s hat symbols for the very best food and wine glasses for a “global wine list with a top Tasmanian selection”.
Five restaurants receive the top three hats and three wine glasses each: Lebrina and The Source in Hobart, Stillwater and Novaro’s in Launceston and Saffi re at Coles Bay ( although you must be a guest to eat there).
The Huon is the most decorated of the 12 regions: Lotus Eaters Cafe at Cygnet, Masaaki’s Sushi at Geeveston, The Stackings at Woodbridge and Nutpatch, John Zito’s chocolate shop at Kettering, all receiving three hats.
The three- glass award for wines also goes to Federal Group’s The Point in Hobart and The Terrace in Launceston, the Me Wah restaurants in Hobart and Launceston, the Mill on Morrison and Remi de Provence in Hobart, and Tarraleah Lodge in the Highlands.
It’s a wonderful gift for mainland visitors, and if you do not know of Mr T’s, what the Hungry Wombat Cafe has over its neighbours, who does the best spare ribs, the pub that was serving tin miners in 1876 or where to fi nd 100 different single malt whiskies, you too need a copy.