Lunch at the Botanical Gardens Hobart: we did boast a little about that on Think Tasmania’s Facebook Page, didn’t we? But we also promised to share, and although the meal has long-since been devoured, we may be able to leave you with a little inspiration. Hardly the same, I know. Sorry about that!
The day of our outing was a little overcast, but it was warm and cosy inside the restaurant at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Hobart and the River Derwent were laid out providing a lovely view from the deck, and the staff were exceptionally friendly and very efficient.
The restaurant had a lovely ambiance. The mauve-coloured walls, and the sheer material draped from the ceiling, gave a luxurious feel to the room. Images from the garden scrolled onto a flat screen TV, a nice reminder of your surroundings.
First thing I’d mention about this Tasmanian restaurant: the serves were just as generous as the staff. Large wine glasses were almost filled, and the house bread for one with dukkah spice and olive oil was enough for a whole tribe.
From the main menu, we chose a spinach and three cheese filo parcel. The spinach is grown onsite in the Botanical Gardens in Hobart and they use Tasmanian cheese. Continuing the local produce theme, we also had Tasmanian venison shanks with a hazelnut crusted parsnip fritter. This came with a blackberry and Tasmanian pepper berry jus.
To round out the main course, we were served a delicious garden salad, one of the best I’ve ever seen. Of course, when the ingredients are plucked for the iconic Tasmanian restaurant straight from the Botanical Gardens in the morning, it’s probably hard to go wrong.
Now I really didn’t want to have dessert, but as a good reporter should, I went the extra mile just for the sake of research. They had quite an array of delectable looking sweet treats, and after a long deliberation we chose a triple-layered chocolate mousse cake. I know… I suffer terribly to get the real story! Turns out, it was a pretty good choice, actually. Again… sorry!
The restaurant is located in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Hobart visitor centre building. After a relaxing lunch like ours, you might like to study the foyer artwork and do a little shopping. They sell lots of garden-inspired souvenirs, books and even seeds for your own patch at home.
And while you’re there, it would probably be a good idea to discover the other things to do at the Botanical Gardens. Hobart and the Queens Domain are definitely places you need to keep your camera handy; especially if pretty flowers are your special interest. The conservatory is an absolute delight.
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