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Hobart Eats: Jackman & McRoss, Daci & Daci Bakers, The Standard Burgers
Friday, 25 March 2016 19:49
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This post ends the last of my Hobart series and reflection of a wonderful weekend away. Separate from the rest, this post focuses on a few eats around town that were not mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2. As a guide, I've posted from least favourite to must visit. 

Jackman & McRoss:

We walked past this place on day 1 after exploring Battery Point but had breakfast here the next day. Outside were small tables of people with their dogs and coffees - this seems to be the trend everywhere! - and inside were these magnificent displays of cakes and pastries. 

It always baffles me when cafes charge more for eat-in, I guess they have to make profit some how. 

We ordered coffee, and though mild in flavour, it was still better than expected. While the cafe itself is not particularly large and all the food seems to be premade and reheated anyway, we still waited a good 35 mins for food; best not to come here if you were planning to catch a ferry to Bruny Island early in the morn...

Soy Latte $4


I don't even remember what this was, some sort of poached eggs with wiltered spinach, corned bread(?) and a meatball(?). Oh, and it had beans on the bottom! I definitely don't recommend this... 

Choriozo, gruyere and carmelised onion wrapped in puffed pastry $7.80

After waiting half an hour I expected a bit more, but I guess for the price I should've known better. It was pretty much a pig in a blanket with some chutney and rocket salad (no dressing). 

Lemon Meringue Tart $6.00 (TA) 

While the savoury dishes were a let down, have to give props to this meringue tart. It's huge for the price, around the size of my palm as you can see! Soft peaks of meringue on top with a good citrus hit from the lemon curd and buttery short crust pastry.

Verdict: Come here but don't stay, grab a few pastries or maybe a pie to go. 

Daci & Daci Bakers:

Silly us tried to come here on the Sunday morning before realising they were closed (which consequently lead us to Jackman & McRoss) so we it made a mission to hit this place early Monday morning before our flight home.

Even at just before 7am, this place was busy with a couple of suits and a few people in their sportswear buying loaves of bread. The place had a warm and friendly vibe, mirrored in the service of their staff.


Even in the early morning I was craving a sugar hit, the rows upon rows of beautiful pastries were so hard to resist. I got a couple of small tarts and croissants take away for my colleagues, at a really affordable price of $4 each and for myself a huge slice of this pear tart ($7). It was a bit of a struggle carrying them home in one piece so it didn't look too pretty by the time we landed, oops. 

Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll $10 (TA)

Late apologies to the lady sitting next to me on the plane while I was eating this sausage roll, I bet the smell made her mouth water and tummy hungry. I loved the ratio of meat to pastry, and it was quite filling for the size. The pork filling was so flavoursome and the chutney that came with gave it a bit of spicy kick. This was super tasty and could definitely give Bourke St Bakery a run for its money.

One of my colleagues actually recommended for me to try Daci & Daci before my trip, especially for the savoury french toast or the Croque Monsieur with huge bread slices. While I would of love to try them both, was happily satisfied with my departing presents from Hobart.

The Standard Burgers:

This was lunch on the first day, and I would have made it dinner as well if we didn't have reservations at Ethos. I have such a deep seeded love for burgers; it's a representation of all things I love about food. It can be so uncomplicated, but executed with such perfection that the first bite makes you take gratitude for simpler things in life.

The Standard, by definition, IS the simple, but done to the next level (which sounds a bit like an oxymoron). Owners Christian and Sam, who worked together serving fine food at MONA's The Source, took the concept that after a long day of work, you just want to sink your teeth into a juicy burger and not go make yourself a 4 course meal. And ta-da, The Standard was born with BYO booze and opened till 10pm.


Double Standard $10

The killer must-order: a simple combination of double patty, double cheese, lettuce, and pickles. The buns, which are baked fresh daily, were also amazing. Slightly toasted but soft and holds all the juice in it. The meat is also freshly grounded on site - do not expect it to be slightly pink in the middle or the gourmet angus/wagyu kind you'll find in Sydney or Melbourne. 

The Godzilla $12

We ordered this upon recommendation from the staff member. A combination of crumbed chicken, bulldog sauce, sesame dressing, cabbage, tomato, pickles and mayo. Like seriously, look at the size of that chicken!! The panko crumbled chicken was still moist and not too oily and the spicy 'bulldog' sauce and sesame dressing lifted this burger to new flavour territories. Could have prob done without the tomatoes and just have cabbage but that's very minor. 

Nori Fries $5

We knew we wouldn't have had enough stomach space for the animal or chupa (pulled pork) fries, but just had to get some kind of potato. The simple alternative were the shoe string fries dusted with nori, or seaweed, powder that gave it a salty and smokey taste. We also ordered a malted Oreo milkshake ($8), that was a bit too thick to drink at first, but still hella good. 

Even the location and overall aesthetic of the place gives justification for its simplicity. It is located within an alleyway in central Hobart and there are no tables and chairs, more of a platform on the side if you wanted to sit. These burgers are definitely in my top 5 and I hope they open, at least a pop-up, in Sydney soon!

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For a small city, Hobart is doing big things with their food. There are so many other places in Hobart, and Tasmania in general, I want to try and this trip barely hit them. From farm to table and fine dining, to street snacks in markets and beautiful pastries, and finally the invasion of American burgers done effortlessly; this city is standing out by its own merits.

You've been great, Hobart.

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Hobart Diary, Part 2
Sunday, 14 February 2016 09:48
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Our second day in Hobart began with breakfast at Jackman & McRoss in Battery Point - post soon to come on Hobart eats, as well! I had been highly anticipating our itinerary today as it's pretty much what got me so excited to come here in the first place. 

If there is something you must do in Hobart, then it is definitely a visit to The Museum of Old and New (MoNA). Located within a winery, we drove to the top of the hill and made our way pass acres of vineyards to discover beyond 'just a museum'. It's a landmark on its own comprising of a hotel, restaurant and cafes, a brewery, library and, of course, the winery.  If you get a bit lost trying to find the museum entrance, look out for the small single-story building with reflective walls, surrounded by a giant tennis court, trampoline and decorative construction trucks made of rusty rods. 

We got there in the nick of time before the MoNA MR-1 Fast Ferry arrived with a ship full of tourists, not unlike ourselves. Once you pay $25 admission fee (free if you live in Tas) and receive your iPod guide, descend down three flights of stairs into the windowless building to begin your exploration. It's a dark, ominous vibe with everyone plugged in to their headsets, keen to discover the weird. 

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The Great Wall of Vagina by James McCartney

Wandering through the dark and disorientated labyrinth, it's a path of self-discovery where there are no plaques or signs telling you which direction to go. The art and displays take a peek into societal history with controversial pieces like the Great Wall of Vagina - OCD spaced clay moulds of hundreds of vaginas to spark the topic of "they are all different, they are all normal." The centrepiece of the exhibit was definitely Sidney Nolan's Snake, a rainbow serpent mural made of 1,620 individual paintings. It is an enormous feat and you just have to stand back, stare, and say "wow" out loud. It is simply fun art that grabs your attention, a strong reflection of founder David Walsh's indifference for fashion and famous names. If you get a chance, also check out the James Turrell Amarna outdoor piece, only after dusk or before dawn, and understand that seeing is not believing. 

After a whirlwind spin with no idea how time went so quickly inside, we dashed to the ferry port and make our way to Bruny Island (cue excitement). 

An abundance of apples at a pitstop 

We were second in line for the ferry and had a moment to browse around the port and harbour that was dotted with sail boats and peaceful living. It was quite an adventurous moment when we drove our little Hyundai onto the massive ferry - who can say they've done that? -  and were then allowed to roam around the top deck while our cars were soundly waiting to arrive. 

Kettering to Bruny Island Ferry Port

The long winding roads with speed limits that no one abided to made getting from point to point such a breeze. With a map in hand and a list of places to check off, we set out for our first stop at the famous Get Shucked Oyster Farm. Bloody Mary oyster shooter for lunch, why not? 

It was a thrilling feeling to see oysters get shucked at a faster speed than I could eat by Joe, owner and Bruny Island's faster shucker (he has won competitions to prove it!). Oysters here were also not washed or shucked under water to retain a slight salty brine taste to be eaten the way it should. We had to sample all they had on offer so the platter was perfect; with a mix of wontons, kilpatrick, Asian fusion (panko crumbed topped with rice noodle salad), shooter and half a loaf of sourdough. We also ordered another half dozen more after as we couldn't just pass up on the $9 price tag- so, so cheap! The natural oysters were 11/10 our fav, juicy and plump meat that was fresher than a pillow with a mint on it. Next level compared to Sydney Fish Markets. 

Get Shucked Platter $42, Oyster Pate served with sourdough $14

After our delightful lunch, virtually next door was the famous Bruny Island Cheese Co. aka HEAVEN. Sah. much. cheese. People eating cheese boards outside, wheels of cheese being aged, cheese tasting; this was my happy place. Didn't take too many photos here sadly, but walked out with two different types of soft white cheeses and a happier belly. 

One of the only reasons I was so keen on Bruny Island was to bask in the picturesque views at the top of 'the neck', the isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island. Not realising where it was, we discovered the location by complete accident at a small opening with cars parked the left with and small signage indicating a beach and penguins nearby. "We have time (to look at penguins)!" was the fateful response that lead us to the steady incline of timber steps with rewards of a stunning 360 view. 


We set our hearts out for one more pitstop before heading back to make the last ferry to Hobart, all the way to the most southern point of the island to check out Cape Bruny Lighthouse. After a long, somewhat scenic, off terrain and a missed turn drive, we saw the signs that pointed out our correct location - here, at last!

Pathway to the bottom with simple and sweet cottages for romantics to stay in

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

This was the first time I've ever seen a lighthouse and all that was going through my head was the theme song for 'Around the Twist.' We just sat on the bench at the top surrounded only by an endless horizon and a big, blue body of water for a while; this was the definition of tranquility.

After coming back to reality, we sped back to make it in time for the ferry and there was already a long queue of cars. Luck would have it that our little Hyundai was second last to make the cut since we were so small! We took a quiet and simple dinner of fish and chips (literally just googled 'best fish and chips hobart') because cannot just leave Hobart without trying out their famed fish and chips. 

Fish and Chips from Fish Frenzy $21

We both ordered the Fish Frenzy, which included two pieces of crumbed fish, scallops, calamari and chips. Loving that fish is crumbed not battered, which was very light and crispy with some fresh, juicy ocean fish. Also props to the huge paper cone it comes in and they even gave us aioli and chilli mayo sauces for free! The highlight of the night was sitting in the friendly restaurant while watching seagulls pinch food from the people eating outside and taunting the them with chips by pretending to throw it from the inside and watching try chase after it; us 1, seagulls 0.  

Our quick weekend away trip to Hobart concluded on a high; I am a complete Hobart advocate now! While was quick, it was neatly done, covering many places to see and, more importantly, to eat. The things they do with food and culture are just that bit different to the big cities and that's something to really appreciate. I'm excited to see so much more of what Tasmania has to offer, but for now will just sit back and admire snaps from their Instagram.

**Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored post. Entire costs of trip was paid for by me.

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Ethos Eat Drink, Hobart
Sunday, 6 December 2015 23:25
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Ethos Eat Drink has a simple belief; food tastes that much better when you know the lengths taken to get it on your plate. It mirrors the behaviour of many of the World's 50 Best, with owner and Executive Chef Iain Todd designing the day's menu using fresh local ingredients sourced on the day from a handful of artisan suppliers. Every dish placed in front of you has been carefully crafted with the story of the produce and provenance shared, and the reward is most definitely worth the effort. 

The biggest show off is the large industrial vibe space, with the oldest part of the building was constructed around 1820 and still intact is Tasmania's oldest plumbed toilet! Another to boast is the charming garden in the courtyard, growing herbs and other edible plants they use on a daily basis. My favourite though is the giant sparkling chandelier hanging in the centre made from recycled glass bottles. There's to be prideful about when guests dine in a 190+ year old space, eat food from sources of integrity and experience something that is truly an unique expression of Tasmania. 

The menu, much like the space and friendly staff, was far from complicated. Only the 'surprise' set menu is offered for dinner, so you only have to decide whether you'd like six or eight courses, and if you'd like them to match wine to your courses or select from their wine list. We went all out and decided eight courses and picked a 2013 Clarence House Estate Pinot Blanc from Cambridge, Tasmania ($36 for a carafe) and the rest was up to them.

That production line though


The pre-starters for the night were potato gratin (top) and quail eggs (bottom). The gratin was layers of thinly sliced potato with a cheese/sauce, topped with nori and salt. The quail eggs sat on top of fresh goats(?) cheese and charcoal leek ash. The latter was the preferred choice, with the cheese alone being a standout. Never have I ever had cheese so FRESH before, a distinct taste but not too strong. The ash added a pretty element but no real taste. 


Our first course was leek, black garlic, king george whiting, corn, bean and diakon. The leek on its own was buttery, and the layered textured paired well with the raw slippery whiting. The black garlic added a caramelised taste.  


Part of the extra two courses was the charcuterie board, with 4 types of pork and 2 types of lamb from different cuts of the animal, all aged and cured with various techniques and lengths of time. Condiments (mustard), house made pickled onions and daikon accompanied it. I loved the lamb, which had a really strong smell that would turn a lot of people off, but just a small stripped packed so much punch. It is MEATY with the strips of fat slowly melting in your mouth as the umami flavour deepens - carnivore heaven tbh.


I get so giddy as one dish comes after the other, and this one was an interesting to look at kingfish with lemon, buttermilk, lovage and chives. The solid cuts of kingfish were served raw, heightened by the tangy buttermilk. The lovage had a taste similar to celery that worked together with the onion flavour of chives. Though not a crowd favourite, it was an interesting and refreshing dish.


You all know I'm all about carbs. We saw fresh loaves of bread by front of house when we got in and wondered if we were going to be served any, and was THIS close to asking before they told us they were bringing out the house churned butter with house baked rye next. Smiles all around ^_^! The butter has got to be one of the best I've tasted - must be that Tasmanian milk! It's creamy but still very light, almost air-like that I could lick off the knife like icing. I'm usually not a big fan of rye as it can be quite dense, but this was soft and fluffy still, and was key for the next dish... 


Taste buds get real now for this dish: asparagus, sesame, thyme and sabayon. There were two types of asparagus used for this dish; one the grows closer to water so it has a saltier taste, and the other inland to give a earthy contrast. The sabayon was an egg-based creamy mixture, with a custard-like texture and a tangy taste of mayo. Have never tasted anything that I could compare it to, but it was outstanding, especially with the bread to mop up! FYI we got more slices of bread :3 


Finally, a meat dish! First thing first, that magenta spreen is SO DAMN PRETTY! Just look at the flecks of purple on the plate! Though the serving seemed quite small, we were surprisingly getting full by this stage but can never say no to crackling. A perfectly slow cooked piece of pork belly with a crispy cut of crackling, delicious deep fried cauliflower, and subtle jelly cubes of apple. Impeccable to fault. 


The second part of the extra dish to our eight course meal was cheese (!!!). Chelle is not a picky eater, but the one thing she requested that night was to have cheese and who am I to say no to cheese hehe. We thought it would be similar to the charcuterie and be a board of cheese, but sadly it was just a wedge. Today's choice was a Flower Bay of Fires 18 month old cheddar with poached pear and muesli. The cheddar itself was quite mild, but surprisingly the sweetness of the poached pear heightened the strong flavour you usually get with cheddar. 


I really enjoy the sort of pre dessert palate cleansers you get with a full degustation meal. For tonight we had whipped parsnip cream with coffee and it was HANDS DOWN, FAVOURITE OF THE NIGHT. It looked so simple and I'm not even sure what parsnip tastes like tbh but the lightly whipped cream had a mild sweet flavour, with this tastefully bitter coffee syrup thing? I DON'T EVEN KNOW, JUST TRUST ME ON THIS. Low key still dream about this :'(... 


First (yes, there was more than one) dessert for the night was elderflower and rice bubbles. The elderflower cordial had been sitting for months to develop a very rich sweetness to it. The airy elderflower foam contrasted nicely with the toasted rice bubbles and reminded me of a dessert soup. Everything after that pre-dessert seemed not as exciting tbh, but still a stand up memorable dessert


Very different from the first; this was fig leaf creme patisserie, house made puff pastry, almonds and lemon. The creme patisserie was so silky smooth, with this gorgeous light fruity taste to it so wasn't too heavy to end the courses. The puff pastry was a bit hard for me, but had this subtle honey taste to it that reminded me of baklava, especially with the almonds that were done three ways (honied, toasted and raw). 


Big cheers to the awesome team at Ethos Eat Drink who took care of us all night. We were running late but they were so chilled about it and each dish was well timed after one another, unlike those exhausting 3 hour meals - especially great when you've had an early morning flight and a whole day of exploring. The dishes were presented beautifully, with the story and origin of every produce explained by the floor staff who had better memory than I could dream of.

The total price was on the higher end for Hobart, but expected nothing less for the genuine care and effort that was put in. A more than worthwhile experience and fulfilling to know we were supporting a restaurant and a chef, as well as local farmers and growers, with high sustainable practices, while still being delivered a five star meal and service. Amazing to see restaurants like this happening in Australia, truly hope to see more follow suit.

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Hobart Diary, Part 1
Sunday, 8 November 2015 15:14
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Australians don't really travel around Australia; this probably isn't a proven fact but I can guarantee there's at least 70% truth behind it. If we we were going to go somewhere, then we would go somewhere far (not too hard since we're pretty far from every where) and see other parts of the world that's just a bit different to us. It's also not cheap either!
However, if you're in negative annual leave like me (cry), you might see yourself doing more short weekend trips away instead, and Jetstar sales make it that much easier to do so.

Through working in travel, I know that Tasmania has always been a popular tourist destination, but it never sparked an interest with me. Hobart is like the distant cousin twice-removed of Australia's metro cities, usually excluded from family functions because, damn, it's not even attached to the main island (shout out to Sicily, they know what's up). It is one of the oldest cities in Australia dating back to the first fleet and convict era, but what else? Could you even call it a city? Are people there Amish? But more importantly, what's there to eat? 

Day 1 of my 2 day journey began at Salamanca Markets, which operates every Saturday. An amazing, though a bit touristy, street with stores selling artisanal craft, hand-made goods and locally grown produce. 

Classical guitarist in Salamanca Markets

Homemade biscuits: Pepper berry, oat biscuit, chocolate & almond, coffee & cinnamon (fav pick)
Back: Chocolate Afghan biscuit

Pure leather fruit peels (similar to roll ups?)

Recycled toy trinkets (sort of like Sid from Toy Story, but more love and less blowing things up)

Hand built terrariums. You can see tiny people if you look closely enough, all of which were also hand painted!

Silver Hill Bratwurst hotdogs

Jolly Jumbuck from Gypsy Rolls $12 - Spit roasted, marinated lamb wrapped in mountain bread and served with lettuce, carrot and apple bushpepper relish. The slow roasting spit smelt and looked delicious, but it was quite dry (sad) and about 3 bites worth

A million different types of locally grown apples that I've never heard of but look equally as juicy

Locally grown and organic fruits and veg

CHOCOLATE DOUGHNUT. They even heat it up for you so that it's toasty on the outside and oozy on the inside :')

Beautiful (and cheap!) flowers everywhere

Hand made and painted ceramic cups

Mangus - Tasmanian based blues and jazz band. These guys were amazing!

Famous scallop pie ($7?) from Smiths Pie. The fishy/seafood taste is distinct but not overpowering, with a slight curry flavour and no need for sauce. Huge pieces of scallops as well, win! 

We then made our way to Battery Point, one of Hobart's oldest and most historical areas. It was time travelling to the past, with sandstone structures still standing from the 18th century. We walked into Narryna Heritage Museum not knowing what it was until the lady on duty said it was $10 entrance fee. The huge 19th century house was built by a sea capital and some items brought from his ship still remain, but others were just as old. Full of rich and interesting history, like using human hair to make fine jewellery, and well worth the $10 entry fee if you have the time






Just up the road from Salamanca Markets was the historical part of town, Battery Point

A place stuck in time, even the lollies on the display looked like they were from way too long ago (acid drops, anyone?)

One of the rooms in  the Narryna Heritage Museum, everything bar the fireplace has been kept as is

Hobart is apparently known for its doors

Afterwards, we headed to the top of Mt Wellington for breathtaking panoramic views of the city and its surrounds. The day ended on a high note, with a stroll around Franklin Wharf basking in the last light of the day, awing at the beautiful sunset colours. 

Drove up to Mt. Wellington for a 360° view of Hobart and its surrounds

Calm and stillness by Franklin Wharf

It really says something about a place when you find knick knacks like this at the markets...


Hobart has been a delightful surprise so far, but there's much more to come. 

Part Two to come shortly, keep posted! 
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