Old Wharf Restaurant
I’d had a recommendation to check out the Old Wharf Restaurant at the Macq 1 Hotel so popped along on a bright and bracing lunchtime to give it a look.
It had the feel of a new or recently refurbished place with some settling in still to do. I got the impression that most people dining there were resident in the hotel.
Their weekday lunchtime deal offered a main course with beer, wine or soft drink for $28 which seemed a cracking offer. There was also a list of ‘Wharfies’ – their seafood-focussed specials.
I opted for the fisherman’s pie and a glass of pinot gris from the lunch menu, and added starters of three oysters and a scallop from the specials.
First up was good quality sourdough with garlicky hummus. The shellfish soon followed. The oysters were plump and extremely good served with a fruity raspberry vinaigrette. I enjoyed them muchly.
The scallop was topped with elegant ribbons of radish and drizzled in a ponzu sauce. It was fresh, pleasing stuff.
The main course featured a stylish piped potato topping for a dill-rich and chunkily fishy heart to the dish. It was a very good version of a classic.
So overall, the Old Wharf served me a good value and enjoyable lunch showcasing the local seafood landed just nearby. I’d recommend it to you for a relaxed bite while looking out across Hobart’s pictureque harbour.
Blythe scores the Old Wharf
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: oysters, scallop, fish pie
I drank: pinot gris, water
I wore: artistic denim
Total bill: $41
Address: 18 Hunter Street, Hobart TAS 7000