As far as restaurants in Tasmania go, they’re an absolute blessing for diners. You can enjoy some of the finest produce in the world, that’s a given. But my favourite part of eating out in Tassie? A stunning location that can turn a meal into an occasion.
Recently, some of the team were lucky enough to dine at one of the nicest restaurants in Tasmania. T42 is located on Elizabeth Street Pier, and we lunched there after a trip to the snow on Mt Wellington.
Despite the recent Tasmanian snowfalls, the weather was actually pretty decent. We chose an inside window seat, but there were plenty of relaxed patrons enjoying the spring weather along the water’s edge.
The Food: Restaurants in Tasmania
So how was the food, you ask? That’s a fairly significant question. Answer: our meals were perfect for the occasion, which was celebrating the snow near Hobart.
Between us we ordered a spicy lamb burger, some grilled salmon and a chicken dish from the specials menu. The specials change regularly and are dictated by the seasonal produce available. The accompaniments were varied, and resulted in a lot of swapping for taste testing.
The Price: Tavern 42 Degrees South
We considered the prices reasonable (about $20-$25 for a main meal) and we lashed out on a shared chocolate brownie for dessert. It was very yummy, and my sharing skills were severely stretched.
T42 has been operating successfully for more than ten years and is open seven days from breakfast until late, so there will be plenty of other experiences at this Tasmanian restaurant in our future. The coffee was also good. Ita Buttrose happened to be seated at the next table, and she seemed happy with her coffee too!
Usually you’d expect to pay a premium for a table by the water’s edge, but that didn’t seem to apply at Tavern 42 Degrees South. And you couldn’t get tables any closer to the edge than theirs
The Service: Hobart Dining
The employees were all extremely friendly. I was particularly impressed by their attitude toward my 10-year-old. Not all restaurants in Tasmania (or anywhere) welcome children with open arms, but T42 passed that test with flying colours.
They also have one of the nicest locations you could possibly want. The dining room runs the entire width of the pier, giving you views to the waterfront on either side. P&O’s massive orange beast Aurora Australis was docked on one side. The other was filled with some enviable sailing and fishing boats.
Elizabeth Street Pier: Hobart
Elizabeth Street runs through the centre of Hobart’s CBD and contains the city’s shopping mall. The Pier section of Elizabeth Street continues past Franklin Wharf, jutting out into Sullivans Cove. On one side is Castray Esplanade, where Saturday shoppers can enjoy Salamanca Market. Hunter Street and Victoria Dock round out the wharf section, location of the former IXL jam factory building.
Elizabeth Street Pier and Hobart Docks
Aside from the restaurants and hotel accommodation on the waterfront, Hobart’s Constitution Dock welcomes the sailors from the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Arriving in the southern-most Australian capital in late December each year, after departing Sydney on Boxing Day, the scene is one of great celebration and excitement.
But you don’t need a major international maritime event as an excuse to enjoy a quiet little drink from the T42 bar. While we were enjoying lunch, a large group from a sailing tour disembarked, grabbed a seat and bought a drink. I must say, they looked right at home in no time!