Hobart and Surrounds, TAS

With fashionable food to share, Garagistes is one of Hobart's most exciting restaurants. Once you snag a table at this popular eatery, you'll be spoilt with a five-course set menu of the season's best Tasmanian-only produce paired with bio-dynamic and organic wines and sakes. The dishes have a Japanese bent, but the philosophy behind them is really about reducing human intervention with foraged produce and age-old cooking processes.
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103 Murray Street
Hobart CBD
Tel: +61 3 6231 0558
Modern Australian, Modern European
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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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Award Winning / Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 50-100
Something Different
Suitable for Groups of 10
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards - 2014
103 Murray Street
Hobart CBD TAS 7000
Centrally located in Hobart's city in an unusual old warehouse style building.
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