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Garagistes

Address
Address:
103 Murray Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 6231 0558
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$

Please phone the restaurant to make a booking

With a charcoal black décor and fashionable food to share, Garagistes is one of Hobart's most exciting wine bars and restaurants. It's walk-in only at this uber-popular eatery, but once you do snag a table, you'll be spoilt with a five-course set menu of the season's best, paired to biodynamic and organic wines.

Please Note: This restaurant does not take bookings.

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LOCATION
Centrally located in Hobart's city in an unusual old warehouse style building.

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Having secured its place in the top 100 Australian Restaurants by Gourmet Traveller, Hobart’s Gararagistes is causing serious hype. Chef and owner Luke Burgess, Katrina Birchmeier (sommelier) and Kirk Richardson (co-owner) have turned an old, barn-like CBD motor garage into a chic, open-plan wine bar and restaurant that lets guests in on the secrets of its past life. A bar fronts the open kitchen while communal tables and Bauhaus-inspired timber chairs beckon diners to stay a while. The clever acoustics allow easy cross-table conversations above the palpable buzz of many conversations.

Whilst Gararagistes has established itself as a wine bar, with a 50+ page wine list, the food is equally as important as what’s on offer to drink, yet choices pale in comparison. The wines are sourced from artisan growers that push the biodynamic envelope and labels have been collated from reputable European wine growing regions as well as Australian ones. The prices are at the pointy end of the spectrum, but the list is original and the wines have personality. The orange tinged, Vin de France ‘Mama Rose’ Cabernet Franc Domaine Mosse 2011 is a particular highlight.

A daily-changing menu is designed to share as part of a progressive meal, however, the word “share” is ambitious, given the petite portions of each dish. That said, the food is pretty spectacular and arrives delicately plated on beautiful large ceramic plates. A dish of salt-baked parsnip with fried buckwheat, crisp saltbush and hazelnut crumble turns an underdog vegetable into a hero, whilst char-grilled leek with fresh curd, garagistes’ pancetta, toasted pepitas and vibrant purple chive flowers is enchanting and texturally apt. From a list of about 12 items, seven is a good number for a table of four, but even then we leaf wanting more but were aware that our pockets were already ablaze.
How does the saying go? It’s the quality not the quantity that counts? The saying rings true for Garagistes, perhaps a little too perfectly.

Sami Jo Adelman


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This is both an exciting and superb new way to dine out in Hobart - no reservations(only for Sunday lunch), communal tables, wonderfully inventive food for sharing, intersting wine that caters to all budgets and unsurpassed service - in Garagistes we have much to be thankful for. Walk in - no problems securing a seat - they are well spaced so if a private night for 2 is what you're looking for then you wont be disappointed. The vibe is hip and relaxed and the food is simply amazing. Make sure you order 3 or 4 snacks to start - the saltfish fritters are always wonderful as well as the cured meat selection of the night. Then onto the slighly larger plates - the steamed and pickled beetroot, whipped ricotta, lovage and peas and the cured stiped trumpeter were divine. Grilled and braised calamari (freshly caught that day, so tender..) with broadbeans and pickled zucchini, the pork neck with cherries and capers and longford rib eye did not disappoint. This chef knows his food and is clearly big on seasonality with combinations that surprise and delight. Finally, the licorice root parfait, strawberries and anise sable and the ricotta dumplings and salted malt caramel topped off a superb culinary journey. You will be hard pressed to find a better wine list and the seamless, friendly service made for a great night. Highly recommended - once you have been to Garagistes you will struggle to dine anywhere else in Hobart. Thankfully, they change their menu regularly so eating there each week is certainly possible! 5 star +review  19/12/2010

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