Dinner at Templo (Hobart, Tasmania)

We went to dinner at Templo on a cold, Tassie evening. The restaurant sits on its own, up a hill and a couple of streets away from the North Hobart restaurant strip. Its outfit is small and cosy, seating only 20 people. Bottles of wine line the walls in one corner, and a big blackboard of the daily menu and drink options scales the other. We sat at the communal round table – elbow to elbow with our neighbours – and peered through the skinny, rectangular window into the kitchen, anticipating our epicurean indulgence to come.

PRICE

$65 for the chef’s menu (which includes every single dish on the menu) was bizarrely reasonable; I’m sure everyone in the entire restaurant ordered this option.

TEMPLO

98 Patrick St
Hobart
Tasmania
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We started with sourdough bread and oil – perfectly salty and spring.

Gnocco fritto (Italian bread pillows) paired with prosciutto – my first time trying a dish like this. The bread was quite plain but paired well with the saltiness of the cured meat.

Ox tongue (super soft) and green garlic. This was a really beautiful dish and was full of flavour.

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Orange wine (my go-to) + negroni (Laura’s go-to)

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Pasta and taleggio – take note of the zig-zag edges and folds. So beautiful!

Leeks and buttermilk (paired with hazelnuts) Did you ever see leeks this small!?

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The evening’s menu

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Swede and burrata (wish there had been more burrata curds; they’re hidden at the bottom of the dish).

Gnocchetti with anchovies and chilli. Bitey, zesty, salty and a little bit crunchy. No boring gnocchi here!

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Templo at night

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Crunchy on the outside, soft on the insider – porchetta with capers (and a salad on the side). I was getting pretty full by this point!

The finale – panacotta with zingy cumquats (a really tart contrast to the smooth base).