While Mr M and I were in Hobart, we were very keen to visit Red Velvet Lounge (RVL) in Cygnet. Cygnet is a gorgeous little town situated about 50 minutes drive from Hobart – as a visitor it is just incredible that a place so serene and country-like can be less than an hour from a major city. Amazing.
RVL is a fully licenced eatery, open from 9am – 5pm every day, and for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. After a wonderful day visiting Bruny Island, we headed to RVL for dinner. The space is pretty masculine, with heavy wooden tables and sitting in the window, the signature red velvet lounge.
The dinner menu covers starters, mains, sides and pud. Food is seasonal and local, and the menu changes regularly. After a little overindulgence at Bruny Island Cheese we opted to skip starters and head straight for the main event.
Mr M was tempted by the organic beef pie with potato puree, veg and mustard sauce but in the end, couldn’t pass up the Huon Salmon fish fingers ($29.90):
His comment was “this is exactly what I wanted” – crispy batter, fresh, moist fish. The pea puree and tartare sauce added interest too.
When I was considering the menu, I should mention that Steve and the team at RVL were very accommodating on the dietary requirement front, offering to adapt several of the dishes to make them gluten free. In the end, I went for a dish that was already GF – house made pork chorizo with braised cannellini beans ($28.90)
This was a perfect meal for a night that had turned a little chilly… and who can pass up house made chorizo? The salsa verde added a nice freshness to the tomatoey richness of the chorizo and beans.
We also enjoyed a side of green beans with anchovies, garlic and chilli ($9.9) another example of my growing love of the anchovy!!
After such lovely mains we couldn’t pass up dessert.
I went for the local Miellerie honey and hazelnut semifreddo ($13.90) and Mr M had the chocolate mousse with orange caramel ($13.90):
Oh caramel – how I love thee! My favourite of the two was the mousse which was rich but light, and the orange caramel was a nice added element. Note that the mousse ordinarily also comes with chocolate crumbs, which are not GF.
We had a really lovely meal at RVL and it was great to visit the gorgeous Cygnet. I highly recommend making the drive from Hobart, although one tip is not to be driving at dusk like we did – the animals were out and about and all over the road on the way home…
Red Velvet Lounge
24 Mary St, Cygnet, Tasmania
Ph: (03) 6295 0466