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Tasmania is home to a rich food culture which is based on providing quality home grown food in a variety of unique ways, truly encapturing what it means to be from the Land Down Under. Boasting some of Australia’s best fresh produce, it will come as no surprise that Tasmania’s beef is nowadays renowned as some of the world’s best.
Tasmania’s beef farmers have been riding high on a wave of global demand for some time now, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Specialising in highly sought-after Angus and Hereford cattle, everybody wants a bit of the quality, flavoursome, tender beef Tasmania is known for.
The ability to cook a great steak is almost an Australian legacy, however Tasmania has to sit high on the list as the home of some of the country’s best chefs and barbequers. If it’s great steak cooked to perfection you’re after, you’ll find it here in the Apple Isle.
Need some inspiration for starting your search? Check out these four Tasmanian favourites – you won’t be disappointed!
Cataract on Paterson is a blend of classic style with a modern twist. Centrally located on the edge of the CBD, it’s one of Launceston’s hottest dining establishments and is home to the juiciest Tasmanian steak you could imagine. Served one of three ways, you can choose from a Tasmanian Eye Fillet for the ultimate Stonegrill experience, a tender and flavoursome Scotch Fillet, or go all out and enjoy their Paddock to Stone – a selection of marinated prime cuts including Tasmanian eye fillet, 2 lamb cutlets and free range chicken tenderloin. The masters of sauce, you can choose between pepper, rich field mushroom, red wine jus, creamy garlic and seeded mushroom, or opt for a seafood topper of prawns and scallops served with garlic sauce.
The emphasis at Cataract is to showcase Tasmanian food products, so the menu is forever changing with the seasons. They proudly support Tasmanian farmers, sourcing their beef and lamb from the richest pastures of the North, Northwest and Southern Midlands. The interactive Stonegrill makes for an exciting and unique dining experience, and by using high cooking temperatures they’ll seal the natural juices of your steak to ensure ultimate flavour and tenderness. Forget Tasmania’s best steak – this may be home to Australia’s best steak!
Many of today’s modern kitchens serve smaller, delicate, abstract dishes. But at Brisbane Street, Terry Fidler, one of Tasmania’s leading chefs, is sticking to the style he’s always done best – food with big, robust flavours in servings that won’t leave you hungry.
Brisbane Street Bistro is Terry Fidler’s latest venture, whose previous successes include Quigley’s Balfour Terrace and Fidler’s on the Bay. Tucked away in a townhouse on Brisbane Street, this classic, intimate bistro features a straightforward menu filled with Modern Australian food with a French twist. In just five years it has attained awards for Best Informal Dining, Best European Restaurant and Best Stand-Alone Restaurant from the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.
Fidler’s philosophy is based on the words of “Emperor of Chefs” Auguste Escoffier – the greatest dishes are always simple. Using only the finest ingredients, Fidler’s dishes focus of outstanding produce cooked to perfection – be it line-caught wild fish, organic fruit and vegetables, or wild-shot game. His lamb and beef is all pasture fed, and the bacon-wrapped eye fillet with portobello mushroom, fat cut chips, cassis-scented jus and bearnaise is mouthwateringly good. Wash it down with their recommended shiraz, and you’re onto a winner.
Established in 1996, Hallam’s Waterfront is an award winning seafood restaurant situated on Launceston’s iconic Tamar yacht basin. “Seafood”, we hear you ask? Fear not – while seafood may be at the heart of this locally-loved restaurant, their steaks sure draw in the crowds too!
Hallam’s is another restaurant which prides itself on showcasing Tasmania’s finest produce. Their menus change seasonally, and each dish endeavors to capture the clean, fresh flavours that Tasmania is famous for. The wine list is predominantly Tasmanian and is changed regularly to ensure you have the best vintages to compliment your culinary experience. As for the steak, you simply must try the Cape Grim porterhouse served with charred broccolini, pickled onion, red wine reduction and spinach puree, with your choice of cafe de paris butter or green peppercorn jus.
Visit one of Launceston’s leading restaurants and try some of the best Tasmanian produce found in the world. Clarion Hotel City Park Grand is rated at 4.5 stars, so you know you can expect the best in food, wine and service. Head Chef Alan Sheppard has designed a modern, European-styled menu which utilises the best and freshest seasonal ingredient to create a menu you’re sure to love.
Sheppard doesn’t believe in dressing up a steak in overpowering sauces or making things too complicated. He lets the produce do all the talking; his exceptional ability ensures all the flavour, tenderness and natural juices of meat are sealed in, so you can enjoy a truly memorable dining experience. On offer are a range of the best in Tasmanian and Australian vintages, so you’re sure to find a wine to complement your plate.