Which Tasmanian restaurant makes the best breakfast? The Ugly Duck Out in Swansea was able to “bring home the bacon” from the Tasmanian Hospitality Association Awards for Excellence this year in the breakfast category. They’ve also been named Tasmania’s Favourite Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant at the I Love Food Awards for three consecutive years. These incredible achievements are just the tip of the iceberg, with a host of accreditation and awards regularly collected for sustainability and environmental practices.
The Ugly Duck Out: Robyn Klobusiak
photos by Dan Fellow
With a swag of awards in the kit bag, The Ugly Duck Out is a blessing for the people of Swansea and the wider community. We asked Dan Fellow to meet with owner Robyn Klobusiak on behalf of Think Tasmania, so we could share information about the unique business. He did so last week, as part of a co-ordinated visit to Coles Bay on the east coast, and has nothing but high praise for the owner, the establishment and the ethos behind it. For all her success, Dan found Robyn to be extremely modest about her business, more inclined to promote the philosophies she lives and works by.
I’d have to say, a chat with Robyn Klobusiak by phone confirms Dan’s thoughts. Her primary message was the project she’s facilitating at The Ugly Duck Out. Local children are taught about organic food production and sustainable living, their attention captured through the use of chocolate. Robyn spoke passionately about education and her role in creating a better world for future generations, encouraging ongoing collaborations between business, teachers and the community.
The chocolate workshops at The Ugly Duck Out are sweet and messy fun. Regional students discuss ‘from tree to me’ and transparency in the food chain. The real cost of chocolate and how our choices can make change.
Top quality meals (“to die for” according to Dan!) are prepared in-house using fresh ingredients from the gardens surrounding the restaurant. Robyn works with local producers; meat, seafood and wines are sourced from Tasmania whenever possible. Australian products are always given priority over imported goods.
Award-Winning Swansea Restaurant
Dan declared Robyn a culinary master of fresh homemade meals, lamenting his status as a supermarket-junkie. The people of Swansea are extremely lucky to have the multi award-winning business right on their doorstep. However, The Ugly Duck Out is fast becoming an actual destination for travellers, especially considering the family-friendly nature of the restaurant. A children’s playroom is provided, and customers can browse the art gallery while they wait. Off-street parking and access to the town’s shops, museum and heritage centre all add to the attraction.
So it sounds like a day-trip to Swansea should be firmly on everyone’s agenda. Robyn provided a copy of the current menu from The Ugly Duck Out to tempt us even further. No doubt, given her penchant for environmental sustainability, the menu changes regularly to match seasonal produce. Perhaps we’ll have to visit more than once!
For more information about classes and the restaurant, visit The Ugly Duck Out website. You can also follow The Ugly Duck Out on Facebook, or contact Robyn Klobusiak by phone (03) 6257 8850 for bookings. You’ll find the restaurant at 2 Franklin Street in Swansea on the east coast of Tasmania.