A tasty de­light for food­ies

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - ELAINE REEVES

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.

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