Before our trip to Hobart, we had spent a couple of days researching quite different things. Mark looked up trails, walks and interesting spots while I looked at what truly matters – cafe and restaurants. Here are some of our favourites:
Jackman & McRoss
Our 7 a.m. flight called for a cup, heck, a pint of coffee when we arrived in Hobart. We got our rental car at the airport and headed for the city. The Thursday morning was quiet except for Jackman and McRoss which was buzzing with both tourists and locals hungry for fresh bakes, sweet cakes and their dose of caffeine.
You’ll understand when you walk in and feel your senses overcome with the sights of tartlets, decadent fruit and cream slices, breakfast wraps with poached eggs and of course, the row of fresh breads that line the shelf. It’s a feast for the eyes that’ll make your tummy rumble.
We quickly grab a table and order our breakfasts. The crowd starts trickling in and it does not stop for as long as we are there.
Our food arrives and stopping for a picture almost feels like time wasted. But we must. We. Must.
Then, we devoured our breakfast – Cinnamon Apple Scroll and Gruyere and Chorizo Danish.
The Cinnamon Apple Scroll: Hints of cinnamon wrapped around the soft rolls with a dusting of sugar on top. Sink your teeth into each bite and dive deeper into a moment where everything feels complete. The chattering from the crowd, the hurried waiters, the eager patrons, and of course, the sweet apple slices that were not shy in taste and size made this perfection.
The Gruyere and Chorizo Danish was a savoury change to the scrumptious scroll. Warm, flaky crust crumbles with each bite while the gruyere balances out the spicy chorizo. I want / need it in my life on a daily basis. Breakfast was enough to convince us that moving to Hobart might just be a good idea.
Jackman & McRoss
Open daily 7am – 5pm
57, Hampden Rd, Battery Point
Mures Upper Deck
If you want a meal as beautiful as the view, Mures Upper Deck is the place.
Situated right by the dock, Mures was first established in 1973 as Mures Fish House in Battery Point, Hampden. When owners, Jill and George found it difficult to source quality, fresh, local seafood, George decided to do it himself.
Over 40 years later, Mures is still a family-run restaurant incorporating a 76-foot long lining vessel named Diana, after the current owner’s grandmother. The restaurant practices sustainable fishing and believes in delivering fresh, local seafood that stays true to its hook to plate standards.
The quality was evident in the dishes we had – the West Coast Ocean Trout and Seafood Laksa.
The trout was a gorgeously grilled fillet that sat on Tasmanian saffron, tomatoes, fennel, vegetable broth, marinated goats cheese and chimmichurri. The flavours weaved together perfectly and each bite was beyond perfection.
With a Malaysian background, I usually steer clear of any dishes that originated from home but on that cold, rainy day, I was drawn to the idea of a warm, soupy bowl of noodles. That was what I got, and more. The laksa was the best that I’ve ever had! (Sorry, M’sia!) Spring Bay mussels, Tasmanian scallops, white fish, salmon, squid and prawns were bathed in a rich coconut broth with just enough spice. Top that off with tempura shiitake mushroom, chilli and fresh herbs with rice noodles. Divine.
Mures Upper Deck
Open daily 11am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Victoria Dock, Davey St, Hobart
After an evening spent roaming around Hobart looking for a place to eat, we stumbled upon this gem on the corner of Harrington Street.The entire place was reserved except for the seats by the window and we were glad we took it.
Delectable Japanese flavours came through with every mouthful and our bellies were filled to the brim with the Gyu Don and Vegetable Tempura Bento Box. Portions were huge and the place was a clear favourite with the locals. The crowd poured in throughout our meal and most were unfortunately turned away, so reservations are a good idea for this one.
Tuesday to Friday 11.30am – 2pm, 5.45pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 5.45pm – 8.30pm, Closed Sunday and Monday
167 Harrington St
Bright Eyes by Pilgrim Coffee
A quick stop before MONA brought us here. Great coffee to sip on while looking out over the pier.
Monday to Friday 8am – 3pm
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 2pm
Stall 21, Brooke St Pier
Monday to Friday 6.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday, Sunday 8am – 2pm
48 Argyle Street
cubed espresso bar
A fortunate detour led us to this (not so) secret find. We were on our way to Cape Hauy when we decided to stop for human fuel – coffee – and spent the rest of the day exploring Eaglehawk Neck instead.
But first, back to the one-of-a-kind eco espresso bar. cubed espresso prides itself in using products that can be traced right back to its source. The brand after all holds an environmentally friendly philosophy and practices it through the use of solar power to run their vehicle, harvesting rainwater, restoring, reusing and recycling compostable packaging.
The goodness of the brand shows in the people behind it and the items they produce. We had some of the best sweet treats and handcrafted coffees. If you decide to pop by, we highly recommend the Orange Mocha and Caramel Peanut Slice while breathing in the view.
The concept of cubed espresso is such an impressive one – to bring life back to beautiful things – and this little mobile cafe certainly has made that come true.
Monday 9am – 12pm
Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 4pm
Pirates Bay Lookout