With its old-fashioned white shutters, striking blue exterior and windowsills adorned with flowers, A Tiny Place in Hobart’s Battery Point will not only send you back in time but on an internationally inspired, culinary journey.
The restaurant is the brainchild of Philippe Leban, who worked in fine-dining restaurants across France, Japan and China before finally settling in Hobart. After making his mark at The Source restaurant within Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Philippe moved on to create A Tiny Place, a small boutique cafe serving up an eclectic mix of Asian and European cuisines with Australian flourishes.
The site itself was established in the 1860s and Philippe elected to keep much of the original venue intact. In lieu of modernising the interiors, Philippe has retained a sense of the cafe’s history as part of the second-eldest settlement in Australia. As a result, A Tiny Place has developed a cosy bistro style, partly inspired by those found on the streets of Paris or Shanghai.
Everything served at A Tiny Place is lovingly made with locally sourced produce and the freshest of ingredients. With his food, Philippe stresses the importance of “letting the star ingredient shine on the plate” in each dish. For breakfast, take the Asian street-food route and indulge in the Shanghai Breakfast Pancake with fried egg and spring onion, topped with coriander; or perhaps channel your inner Parisian with a Freshly Baked Honey Madeleine served with house-made sloe berry jam.
The lunch menu is dotted with decadent favourites such as the Spanner Crab and Squid Ink Linguine, and the Prawn Congee with jasmine rice. The seafood on the menu is particularly impressive, given Hobart’s access to some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best fish, with abalone, southern rock crayfish, king crab and striped trumpeter in the mix.
Drinks are also influenced by Philippe’s globe-trotting, with a range of Mariage Frères French teas appearing on the menu, alongside genmaicha – green tea served with toasted rice. Acclaimed too is the hot chocolate, served Parisian style to warm you from the inside out on those chilly Hobart days. A Tiny Place is predominantly BYO, however, a small wine list features local, interstate and international wines. Philippe makes a point of supporting regional wineries and their unique flavours, reflecting Tasmania’s various growing conditions.
Whether you’re cosying up to an early morning hot chocolate, ordering a glass of wine after a long day exploring Hobart’s splendour, or settling in for the night to enjoy a fresh, wholesome meal, A Tiny Place ticks all the boxes. With homely entertainment and top-tier cuisine, you can sit back, relax and feast like a king at your home away from home.
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