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The Red Velvet Lounge

87 Mary Street
Cygnet TAS 7112
Tel : +61 3 6295 0466
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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Cygnet is a small town about 45 minutes' drive south-west of Hobart, in the Huon Valley, and it's home to The Red Velvet Lounge. The menu here is Modern Australian, with many of the dishes prepared in a wood burning oven that dates back to the building's construction in 1912. The dining room is an eclectic collection of found objects, contemporary artwork and general interesting nick-knacks.

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Cygnet is 56 km south of Hobart, in the Huon Valley area.

Steve Cumper is a chef who likes things a bit rustic and funky and who likes to get his hands dirty growing things on his small farm. And it was he who put Peppermint Bay on the national culinary map with menus that celebrated the region’s produce back in the days when Peppermint Bay first opened. At that time, The Red Velvet Lounge had become little more than an ordinary country cafe. Now, he says, he realised a dream when he bought the business in December 2009, gave the heritage-listed building a moody new paint job and lifted the food to a new level.

During the day, The Red Velvet Lounge is a cafe serving first-rate cafe fare. On Friday and Saturday nights it moves into restaurant mode with an emphasis on local, in-season produce such as delicious clafoutis of summer cherries and diced heritage tomatoes with coriander and herbs to roll Asian-style in fresh wasabi leaves. Mains might feature pheasant, duck, pigeon, slow-roasted lamb, grilled tuna with ratatouille and pistou or a gremolda-crusted pork coteletta; its richness set against the sweet-sourness of a red cabbage, mint and pea salad. The Tasmanian wines available are well-priced and selected. Cumper will also shortly have the old Scotch oven which is attached to the premises, up and firing with plans for wood-fired roasts and some of his great breads.

Graeme Phillips
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