ISLINGTON INSIDER

Many changes are afoot in the Hobart restaurant scene; it seems hardly a week goes by at the moment without a chef jumping ship or a new restaurant opening. Some chefs on the rise include Vincent MacDonald, ex Henry’s Restaurant, who will be taking a lead role at Ethos Eat Drink. Previous head chef, and continuing owner of Ethos, Iain Todd, has turned his attention to opening The Schwartz Sandwiches across the road on Elizabeth St. We can’t wait to see what the collaboration of two of Hobart’s favourite chefs has in store.

Klaa Clemens ex Vue de Monde ex Islington Hotel has spent the last 15 months fine tuning his wonderfully approachable modern cuisine at Westend Pumphouse in Murray Street. The Pumphouse occupies two thirds of the same garage space as Luke Burgess’ Garagistes with a groovy amalgamation of bar, restaurant, café, warehouse and art gallery. The a la carte menu is a great option for those not wanting the set menu at Garagistes next door.

The American BBQ/diner revolution has arrived in Hobart with two new eateries. Crumb Street Kitchen is finding fame locally and on the mainland as the place to go for authentic American style BBQ. Served in pizza boxes at cable wheel tables, recycled chairs and an AstroTurf floor, the ‘urban junk’ décor is less about a ‘romantic’ setting and more about the owners ability to serve great food at surprisingly affordable prices and there is no charge for BYO. The American diner food at The Winston Ale House in North Hobart is right on the money, as is the rock n roll Americana lining the walls. Try the buffalo wings with a tap beer de jour and the best burger in town then stick around for live music after 9.

Another newbie on the North Hobart block is Roaring Grill. Real grill fired Tasmanian beef, lamb or pork and while there are seafood options and a great selection of sides this is definitely a carnivores dream, vegetarians beware.

                                               

                                                                                    Reviews by Islington staff