In its 1836 apricot-brick cottage in sleepy New Town, away from Hobart’s best-known eat streets, Lebrina is a surprise and a standout. Awarded two stars in 2009 by Gourmet Traveller, it keeps company with Melbourne’s Jacques Reymond restaurant and Bilson’s in Sydney. The ambience is intimate and sophisticated, with tables arranged in three small, elegantly furnished rooms. Owner/chef Scott Minervini creates vibrant satisfying French and northern Italian dishes defined by his extraordinary talent and passion for Tasmania’s rich larder. Daube of lamb – slow cooked to be eaten ‘a la cuiller’ or with a spoon – is Lebrina’s classic but there’s also pigeon, abalone and a marvellous eggplant ‘imam bayeldi’, which loosely translates from the Turkish as ‘the priest faints’. The wine list has an international flavour but a local focus.
155 New Town Rd, New Town; (03) 6228 7775; open Tues–Sat for dinnercomments powered by Disqus