If you’re on the lookout for Launceston’s best new restaurants to discover, there’s an impressive array of recently opened venues around this bustling town. Here are a handful of new restaurants and bars we heartily recommend.
Havilah is the new wine bar and bottle shop in town, having opened in July 2020. Their concise and well executed menu changes monthly. Havilah focus on local and international cheeses, cured meats, and seasonal produce from local growers. First and foremost a wine bar, their aim is to situate Tasmanian wines alongside their international counterparts. They also offer a list of classic cocktails, craft beer and alcohol-free drinks. Havilah only accept bookings for their chef menu – a tasting menu of share plates selected from across their menu – though they always save a bit of space for walk-ins.
Monsoon is a great local restaurant. Their menu is filled with creative and beautifully presented fusion dishes made for sharing with friends. Their modern take on tapas is served with fresh local ingredients from their garden vegetables and herbs to free range meat and local seafood. Monsoon offer plenty of delicious vegetarian options and great coffee – all enjoyed in their fun and lively atmosphere.
This small but perfectly formed Pachinko restaurant in Quadrant Mall is already making its mark with locals. Chef-owner Jonny McCoy and co-owner and front-of-house manager Ally McCoy serve up an eclectic and inventive mix of modern Asian flavours. Think slow-cooked lamb shoulder with egg noodles, zucchini, chilli and Sichuan pepper or master stock fried chicken wings and pickles. Open for lunch and dinner, the highly seasonal (and therefore ever-changing) menus feature outstanding local produce, craft beers and small-batch, natural, organic or biodynamic wines. Make sure you book for dinner, as this bright, welcoming space holds just 20 people. It’s definitely worth ordering the ‘Feed Me’ chef’s selection – incredible value.
Rupert & Hound
For great seafood and a good selection of mostly Tasmanian wines, Rupert & Hound, located on the Launceston Seaport, is rapidly becoming a favourite. Settle in for lunch or dinner and peruse the menu over a nice glass of, well, perhaps Holm Oak’s Pinot Gris with a dozen oysters from Tasmania’s pristine waters. Rupert & Hound’s menu runs from a creamy seafood chowder to sensational fish and chips, along with plenty of alternatives for those who prefer meat or poultry, such as a buttermilk chicken burger or, for dinner, a shared platter of slow-roasted Cape Grim coffee-rubbed brisket – dare we say, a fine match for our Cabernet Merlot… Open Tues-Sat 11am-late; Sun 11am-4pm.
The Cormorant Café on the Pier
If you’re heading a little further afield on the way to Holm Oak, the Cormorant Café on the Pier near Seahorse World is highly recommended as a stopover from morning right through till late afternoon. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous water views and take your pick from an imaginative all-day menu including a hearty toasted beef brisket and caramelised onion sandwich or Ploughman’s platter for two. And, if you don’t stop for lunch, the Devonshire tea, with freshly baked scones from the kitchen, is well worth the detour. Open 7 days 10am-4pm in winter; 10am-5pm in summer.
Looking for more Launceston venues to discover?
Also, check out our deliciously cosy selection of warm and welcoming places to eat and drink by a crackling fire in winter, as well as our guide to the top places to drink in Launceston if you’re looking for an aperitif or cocktail before you head out to dinner.