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Monday 27 August 2018

Gourmet experiences unveiled in Devonport, Tasmania

Devonport, where the Spirit of Tasmania ferries dock after their voyage from Melbourne, is often overshadowed by Hobart and Launceston when it comes to gourmet experiences. 

All that is changing fast, however, with the opening of new bars and eateries at a fast pace. 

The newest project in TV chef Ben Milbourne's culinary journey is CharlotteJack, a modern Australian-style restaurant that brings ethically sourced local ingredients to the plate. Milbourne and wife Sally (below) will be serving dishes like poached crayfish tail with a mussel emulsion and lamb and potatoes (two of Tassie's fine ingredients). 

CharlotteJack is located at Providore Place, which also hosts Sunday Markets from 10am-2pm weekly as well as Friday Twilight Markets from 5-9pm. 

The precinct is home to Southern Wild Distillery as well as the Tasmanian Chip Company. The next phase of the project includes a 150-room hotel which is currently out to tender.

Executive chef Fabien Lefrancois, meanwhile, is bringing his classical French training and Tasmanian produce together at Bistro Camille. He's serving up classic French fare - terrine, onion soup, boeuf bourguignon and steak frites (below) with all the French sauces, as well as delicious desserts like creme brulee and tarte

The team from Saint John Craft Beer Bar in Launceston has opened a new venue in Devonport, Empress Craft Beer. Named after the Empress of Australia, the ferry that ran between Devonport and Melbourne until 1984, the bar stocks beer from the North-West, Tasmania, interstate and overseas, as well as ciders and a vast selection of spirits.

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