5 Tasmanian Restaurants Perfect for Romance

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Tasmania has developed an international reputation for being a romantic getaway destination. Shaped like a heart and packed with breathtaking scenery, top-notch wineries, one-in-a-lifetime day trips, adorable seaside towns and fantastic food, it’s easy to see why.

Want to spoil your loved one? Then head to Tasmania and:

  • Indulge in luxurious spa treatments from one of the many spas and mountain lodges
  • Go horseback riding through forests, across alpine plains and miles of untouched coastline
  • Charter a sailing boat and travel up the beautiful Derwent River
  • Get back to nature with a ‘glamping’ experience
  • Kayak into Freycinet National Park
  • Take a scenic flight over the spectacular East Coast

Or… keep it simple and satisfy your foodie desires with lunch or dinner in one of these amazing Tasmanian restaurants. And since they are all partners of the Good Food Gift Card, you could buy your partner a gift card to let them in on your plan to whisk them away to the apple isle.

Cataract on Paterson

135 Paterson Street, Launceston

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With its blend of classic interiors and modern charm, Cataract on Paterson is an exciting and unique dining experience. Meals are presented on a 400°C volcanic stone, allowing you to watch your meal cook from your very own table. This unique method of cooking sears in all the natural juices and nutrients, enhancing the full flavours and tenderness of your meal. The restaurant proudly supports Tasmanian farmers, and the meat you savour comes from the rich pastures of the North, Northwest and Southern Midlands. As well as beef and lamb, Cataract specialises in oysters and fresh seafood from the East Coast, and free range chicken from the farms around Launceston.

Monsoon Thai Fusion

46a Hampden Road, Battery Point

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Set in historic Battery Point, Monsoon Thai Fusion is a unique and funky gem. Attention to detail and service makes diners feel relaxed and comfortable, while the food sets taste buds alight. For vegetarians and vegans, Monsoon is a must-try, with a number of “mock meat” dishes to deliberately tempt your appetite.

Despite being Thai-influenced, Monsoon is proudly Tasmanian. As such it sources its ingredients from local farms and waters, resulting in fresh, crisp and free range magic.

Hallam’s Waterfront Seafood Restaurant

13 Park Street, Launceston

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Established in 1996, Hallam’s Waterfront Seafood Restaurant is an award-winning locals favourite complete with an oyster bar. Situated on Launceston’s iconic Tamar yacht basin, Hallam’s offers refined casual dining and a truly magnificent vintage wine list. The restaurant sources the freshest seafood from the pristine waters of Tasmania, from blue eye trevalla and Spring Bay mussels to Pacific Oysters, scallops, and southern rock lobster. The menus change seasonally, and flavours are kept clean, fresh and simple to capture what Tasmanian cuisine is all about. Their signature seafood chowder is a must try.

Nate’s Gourmet Pizza, Pasta & Grill

75 Richmond Road, Cambridge

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Nate’s Gourmet Pizza Pasta & Grill is a family-owned and operated restaurant located inside the Barilla Holiday Park on the road to the historical Richmond Village. One of Tasmania’s most popular destinations and nestled in the heart of the Coal River Valley, it was an important military staging post and convict station. After exploring the elegant Georgian architecture, beautiful heritage buildings, craft boutiques and museums, you can share a gourmet pizza or something from the grill. Little one’s are well catered for should you have the tiny tots in tow.

Larceny Restaurant

22 Tamar Street, Launceston

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Set in the Heritage Listed 4.5 star Clarion Hotel City Park Grand and offering a modern European menu, Larceny Restaurant is one of Launceston’s leading boutique dining establishments. Impeccable service and a grand setting compliments the ever-changing menu, which features dishes such as roasted mushroom with twice-baked gruyere souffle, chargrilled spiced quail, and Larceny creme brulee. The wine cellar is well stocked with Tasmanian and international favourites, and should you enjoy too much you can always stay in one of the luxurious hotel spa suites.

Romantic date on the cards?

Romantic weekends are a time to banish the calorie counter and truly indulge, and when it comes to indulging, no one does it better than Tasmania. From wild abalone and world-class farmed salmon, to leatherwood honey and black truffles, Tasmania is home to some very special ingredients. Saffron is grown extensively, and boutique producers of extra virgin olive oil are plentiful, and even fresh wasabi is grown in Tassie. Being the ‘Green State’, Tasmania has a strong focus on organic foods and there’s astonishing variety when it comes to vegetables, salads, fruit, herbs, milk, yoghurt, cream, eggs, honey, beef, lamb, chicken, olives, beans, seeds and wines. As for cheese, Tasmanians regularly win top awards – King Island anyone?

If food is a big part of your life and your partner is just as special, celebrate both with these Tasmanian restaurants.

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.