Top five seafood spots
Summer in Tasmania means warm nights, fish and chips by the beach, and freshly shucked oysters (and a splash of bubbly to go with it, naturally). Here are our top five seafood spots in the state.
This casual waterfront eatery opened in the old Hallams Waterfront site earlier this year. In an homage to its predecessor, there’s plenty of seafood on the menu, from fish and chips to pasta marinara, chilli mussels and garlic prawns.
With a waterside open-air patio, you couldn’t ask for a better spot for ocean-to-plate dining. Lobster Shack does oysters, fish, mussels and calamari, but it’s the lobster roll that’s a must, with chunks of lobster, crispy lettuce and house-made lobster sauce in a lightly toasted bun. It’s licensed, too, and the well-priced wine list is stacked with East Coast producers.
Break up an East Coast drive at the Fish Van, right on Triabunna Wharf. Fish and chips (the former can be battered, crumbed or grilled) are served in a paper cone, with family packs and mixed baskets on offer. The burger is true Australiana: a fluffy white bap with cheese, iceberg, tomato, tartare and a crisp-fried filet o’ fish.
If you’re partial to a side of maritime nostalgia, you can’t go past this Hobart waterfront icon. A crowd-pleasing selection of prawn, salmon and scallop-based fare comes battered, curried and wok-tossed.
This iconic seafood restaurant recently underwent a refresh, lifting the décor from food court to coastal cool – nab a window seat for views of Hursey’s bright red fishing boats. Crayfish is the hero item here; order it by the whole or half with your choice of flavoured butters.