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Friday 1 January 2016

So you are in Tasmania and like the idea of tapas?

Tasmania meets the Basque country at Mahasti, the latest in a wave of new Tasmanian cellar door/eatery openings alongside the likes of Devil's Corner and Riversdale Estate.

Chef Jahan Patterson-Were has put down roots with a permanent gig at Milton Wines on the Freycinet Coast, where his Mahasti eatery showcases locally sourced premium produce, coupled with iconic Basque flavours. 

Patterson-Were, who had a pop-up at the same venue last year, says his food is presented in a contemporary ‘pintxo bar’ format, which means small plates of delicious morsels.

Expect to enjoy glasses of Milton wines accompanied by the likes of natural oysters with salmorejo sorbet, anchovy pintxos with guindilla pepper and green olive; crayfish croquette, lamb and jamon pintxos with argan oil labne, spices and pomegranate seeds; and pan-seared east coast octopus with crispy potato and smoky tomato sauce.

Patterson-Were, who opened on December 20, says the menu will change daily depending on what is fresh. And the setting could not be more perfect, overlooking the lake and vines from the Milton tasting facility. 

Vegetarian options are available on request - and Mahasti will also be one of the foods stalls at Festivale in Launceston on the weekend of February 12-14.

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