Hobart restaurants have rapidly and creatively taken on the idea of using Tasmanian produce with a mind to promote its quality and indulging flavours, and why not? Elizabeth Food and Wine is no exception, displaying some of the most original Hobart cuisine, playfully selecting and utilising some of the most fantastic produce available. A great advantage of this place is its inclusion of a store, in which you can purchase produce ranging from honey, jams and pickles to pre-made dinners, wine and vegetables. Forming part of a network that supports local enterprise and Tasmanian produce, ESt.F&Wine offers a spacious place for casual dining in which you get to indulge in the assembly of many flavours that show off the potential of Tasmanian produce. In addition, displayed on the wall is a map of where in Tasmania the food is grown, produced and made, an excellent idea that visually captures the food by making it geographically relevant and enhancing the localism and diversity within the state. Menus are simply set out, with each meal wine matched, no pressure to comply of-course. Some of these meals are very creative, with the use of seasonal ingredients, such as salad greens comprised of snow pea shoots and wild rocket tossed in Elder Flower dressing, now in bloom, a fresh revival of the balsamic soaked mesclun salad.
A key issue with Tasmanian produce, as with any other product in the market, is once something does well it saturates it and then becomes taken up by larger companies becoming almost like a mono-crop leading to reduced variety and limiting culinary creativity. Until, something comes along with new and fresh ideas, and that is exactly what is displayed in the meals at ESt.F&Wine. Among the fresh flavours are smoked tomatoes, salsa verde, quince syrup, labne and beetroot jam that accompany delectable creations ranging from chicken liver confit, steak and kidney pie, pulled pork, or fried haloumi. They also have, as all good cafes do, exquisite sweets, like gluten free chocolate mud cake, rich and heavy, no scrimping on the chocolate there! Delicious coffee and excellent service. I do like this place, and on sunny warm days the windows open right up to create a street dining atmosphere. Whats not to like, try it all.