Late last year (bad blogger!) Mr M and I took a long weekend to Hobart. Poor weather meant that our planned Tassie activity of bushwalking had to be shelved. As a result, we found ourselves with 4 days in Hobart to eat, eat and eat.
Heading to a new city, I naturally sought counsel from Twitter for Hobart dining recommendations – Garagistes appeared to be at the top of everyone’s list. The new venture from Luke Burgess has had a swathe of rave reviews – including from John Lethlean. Clearly, this was a must visit.
Garagistes has a no bookings policy, except for its Sunday lunches. Naturally, this stressed me out a little, but when we arrived at about 6pm on a Saturday night, we easily snared a table for two. The space is industrial, with Scandinavian design elements. We were seated at stools on a communal table.
The menu is made for sharing and divided into snacks, savoury, cheese and sweet. Guided by our waiter, we opted for a snack, three savoury dishes and a dessert to share – it was a comfortable amount.
To start, we couldn’t pass up fried pork stuffed gordal olives, almond + piment d’espelette aioli ($14)
In a word – delicious. Let me just say that you have to order these!
On to the larger dishes – pickled + roasted beetroot, whipped ricotta, lovage + peas ($16), grilled skirt steak, anchovy, new season garlic, broadbeans ($34) and grilled whole jack mackeral, artichokes, stemperata salsa ($27):
Isn’t the beetroot salad beautiful? It reminded me of the meli melo at Embrasse. The rich, creamy ricotta was lovely against the earthy beetroot and the fresh peas gave a nice crunch too. While the grilled skirt steak wasn’t the most exciting of dishes, the slivers of new season garlic were a treat and I do love broadbeans. The jack mackeral was perfectly cooked and the stemperate salsa was a highlight.
So everything was very, very good.
I can never pass up dessert, so we ordered the poached meringue, elderflower curd, rhubarb, hazelnut nougatine ($14):
Mr M’s reaction was “this is the best thing I’ve eaten in a while”. It really was. The meringue was light and airy but was encased in the incredibly fine hazelnut nougatine, which gave a lovely crunch. The rhubarb retained some tartness. Total win.
So all in all, an awesome meal. I’m heading back to Hobart for a couple of weddings later this year and am already plotting how I will fit in another visit to Garagistes… you should visit too!
103 Murray St, Hobart, TAS
Ph: (o3) 6231 0558
Open from wed-sat from 5pm (no reservations)
Sunday lunch 4 course menu $65pp