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Thursday 4 May 2023

Moo Brew's new Hobart taphouse also offers stunning food options

Hobart's waterfront Salamanca precinct has a new watering hole with the opening of Manky Sally's taphouse.

The bar is the brainchild of the team behind the oldest and largest craft brewery in Tasmania, Moo Brew, which is part of the empire of MONA boss David Walsh.

Moo Brew managing director Lauren Sheppard, head brewer Jack Viney and head chef Sam Bray are at the helm and Manky Sally’s features its own nano brewery.

The taphouse has over a dozen Moo brew offerings on tap - rotating seasonally - along with a guest Tasmanian brewery offering. 

MONA's design team are behind the concept.

The front bar has retro vibes with its wooden veneer panelling, sheer pinstripe curtaining, tiled bar frontage and vinyl menus. 

It is connected via a mirrored walkway to a cosy back lounge where there’s more than 3000 of Moo Brew’s amber bottles - each containing a glowing LED - that make up an interior wall and false ceiling in a quirky corner of the venue.

Dinner is on offer seven days a week, with lunch available Friday-Sunday, featuring seasonal, shareable and affordable snacks, which pair with Viney's experimental brews.

Menu highlights include crispy and delicious báhn mì sliders filled with pate and pickles ($10); chilli and lime whitebait with vinegar salt and chilli mayo ($17); and Xinjiang spiced wallaby on a stick with Sichuan chilli crisp (terrific! for $10). 

There is also an ale and chocolate ice-cream sandwich using Moo Brew’s Dark Ale, which I have not yet tried. 

Other dishes I did sample included a vibrant fish ceviche ($21), an Australian take on the Japanese pancake dish okonomiyaki (with wild-shot venison - $18), and a daily special: a tangy/spicy venison larb with prawn crackers and salad that would be perfect pairing with several of the Moo Bew beers.   

Chef Bray, who has worked at several top eateries, has created a menu that is both fun and very far away from standard pub grub.  

Manky Sally’s is at 25 Salamanca Place, Hobart. Open seven days, 11am--11pm. See 

The writer was a guest of Moo Brew

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