I read somewhere that Think Tasmania writer, bus driver, tour guide, farmer and housewife, Michelle Kneipp Pegler, supplies young pigs to a farmer on Bruny Island. If you choose to eat at Ethos Eat Drink you could be eating a product of Leven River Farm in north west Tasmania.

Ethos Eat Drink - Courtyard
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Courtyard dining at the historic Hobart building now home to Ethos Eat Drink

Ethos Eat Drink: Discovering A Tasmanian Treasure

by Roger Findlay

My whole life seems to be in episodes of “if I had only known at the time” and the experience of Ethos Eat Drink was just another episode. I was walking up Elizabeth Street in Hobart on my way to the Tassielink bus depot. It was the opposite side of the road to the CWA Gift Shop. Almost tripping over a small blackboard and wheelbarrow I was attracted to a cobbled courtyard with heavy timber furniture. What lay beyond was almost like discovering a chest of treasure.

Ethos Eat Drink - Elizabeth Street, Hobart
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A footpath wheelbarrow and blackboard marks the entrance to Ethos Eat Drink

It was a Sunday just after lunchtime and I feared I would be too late for this novel dining experience. I had less than an hour before the bus departure and I let the waitress know when ordering.


 

I didn’t need a big meal but I did fancy a large glass of Tasmanian Pinot. Looking through the wine list, I was impressed by the high percentage of Tasmanian wines with the prices set at what you would expect to pay.

Ethos Eat Drink - Restaurant, Hobart
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Access the Ethos Eat Drink Restaurant from Elizabeth Street in central Hobart

Roger’s Ethos: Eat Drink and Be Merry in Hobart

Not knowing the history or origin of the pork chops, it was a toss-up between crumbed lamb brains with medlar, smoked ox tongue or black pudding. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know what I chose!

Ethos Eat Drink - Menu
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Daily specials are displayed on the blackboard at Ethos Eat Drink in Hobart

At a table close to mine a family were sharing meals. One after another, tasty morsels were delivered from the kitchen and my guess is that the talented chefs at Ethos Eat Drink were making them up on request rather than to the agenda.

Ethos Eat Drink - Hobart Restaurant
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Ethos Eat Drink provides a unique dining experience in Hobart Tasmania

My plate arrived and exceeded all expectations. Slices of bread alongside a round of butter and a hillock of sea or river salt was neatly presented on a plate deliberately pottered with bits missing.

Ethos Eat Drink - Bread, Butter and Salt
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Slices of bread alongside a round of butter and a hillock of sea or river salt

There was the black pudding spread across the plate, out of its skin, topped with a boiled egg, radishes and crispy bacon. To die for this kind of food I would. How can the chef peel a soft boiled egg without imperfections? I squished the egg and let the golden yolk run across the pud before dipping my bread like a navvy.

Ethos Eat Drink - Black Pudding
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Black pudding spread across the plate, topped with a boiled egg, radishes and crispy bacon

Fifteen dollars for this delicacy. If I’d had a bit more time and room in the tum I would have sampled a five dollar plate of brains but it could also have been a bit of Michelle’s pork on my fork.


 

Hobart Restaurant: Much To Appreciate

Just before I left, I had time to give NikCon a run. There’s so much to see at Ethos Eat Drink where surprises adorn the walls and ceilings.

Ethos Eat Drink - Novel Dining Experience
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So much to see at Ethos Eat Drink where surprises adorn the walls and ceilings

I can’t help thinking what a great place it would be for a Christmas party with the work mates or a hen’s night where the girls really let go. With the food, there’s something for everyone and not just for the adventurous. The price is right, music’s great and the service spot on. Book your table now!

Ethos Eat Drink - Dining Room
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Ethos Eat Drink would make a great place for a Hobart Christmas party

  • Ethos Eat Drink can be found at 100 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
  • Opening hours vary depending on the season
  • The source of food is known with information available to the
    customer eg pork and lamb products are supplied by
    Earhardt Vinkmann of Bruny Island
  • Most of the building is original and dates back to around 1830
  • The courtyard was the stable for the Old Hobart Hotel and,
    after the hotel was demolished, the re-built facility was used
    as a Chemist and Druggist between 1830 and 2000
  • The new owners re-furbished the building making only minor
    changes to one of Hobart’s oldest buildings.

Roger Findlay spends all his holidays in Tasmania, then writes about the
experience for Think Tasmania. If you’d like Roger to visit you in the name of
research (so we can publish information about your business), please contact us.

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