Saturday, 7 May 2016

Hobart trip (Daci & Daci Bakers, MONA & Smolt) - Hobart, Australia

Hobart is truly a foodie's paradise, with an abundance of great quality local produce and amazing cafes and restaurants everywhere. 

After catching the first flight out of Sydney at a ridiculous hour, the first pit stop in Hobart was Daci & Daci Bakers, a bakery that is a stone's throw away from Salamanca Place. Stepping into the cafe, you're immediately greeted by an array of freshly baked pastries and cakes. 

Tasmanian smoked salmon, caramelised onion and spinach tart

 I went with the simple but delicious savoury tart choice of smoked salmon, caramelised onion and spinach. The tart is buttery and flaky, and comes with a handful of mixed leaves. 

Blueberry danish

The danish pastry had a nice crunch to it, with the highlight being the handful of juicy and sweet blueberries on top. 

Strawberry Royale petit gateaux 

During another visit, it's a tough choice when trying to select a cake for afternoon tea. I go for the strawberry royale, a pretty pink cake. It's a light combination of strawberry mousse, berry gelee, crème fraîche and lychee mousse with a disc of almond praline feuillentine crisp on the bottom.

Mascarpone and berry brioche bun

This monster of a brioche bun is filled with marscarpone cream and topped with more of those lovely berries; the top layer has a nice crunch to it. 

Tropicana petit gateaux

Passionfruit, mango and banana cremeux, coconut and vanilla chantilly, red fruit gelee and almond sponge.  

Daci & Daci Bakers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

One must do when in Hobart is visiting MONA, the Museum of New and Old Art. It's the largest privately funded museum in Australia, housing modern and contemporary art collected by David Walsh, who describes MONA as a "subversive adult Disneyland". 

 The museum itself is located on the Berriedale peninsula, and the best way to arrive there is by the quirky ferries, which depart to and from MONA, from the Brooke Street ferry terminal every hour or so. If you're feelin' fancy, there's also a 'posh pit' option with free flowing wine and nibbles in the first class section.

The ferry ride over is an enjoyable 30 minutes; there are quirky touches all over, including this cow sculpture and a row of sheep. The captain also provides some interesting commentary along the way.

I managed to nab a seat on one of the sheep on the way back from MONA, they provide a good front row seat! 

Gilbert & George artwork 

Fat Car by Erwin Wurm

Chapel by Wim Delvoye

Snake by Sidney Nolan

MONA is not your typical museum, it was definitely an unusual experience. The art itself was left of centre, at times downright strange (I'm talking about you, poo making machine), but I did find it an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

It's in a picturesque location, and I loved the grassy outdoor area where you could just grab a glass of wine, lie on a beanbag and listen to some live music. 

After eating all day, a small dinner was on the cards; nearby Smolt was the perfect option with lots of small grazing plate options.

Campari, soda and orange

Complimentary bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Saffron risotto with scallops

I can never resist ordering scallops; unfortunately, these were overcooked for my liking. The risotto itself was quite tasty. 

Grilled octopus with crushed potato dill, green beans, paprika, lemon, goat's curd, crisp kale

Smolt is a nice, casual spot to grab a drink or two and a bite to eat. Food-wise, it's standard fare, nothing spectacular. The service is friendly and efficient. 

I passed on the sweets and we went to Honey Badger dessert cafe instead, so can't comment on the desserts. 

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Smolt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

1 comment :

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Tasmania is still on my bucket list. Super keen to visit MONA too.