If you’re in need of the best breakfast in Hobart, Small-fry’s Tassie-style brekkie is everything you’d hope it would be and so much more. From its walk up window to the staff who know all its regulars by name, even weary wanderers will feel at home in this tiny sweet spot off of Bathurst Street near downtown Hobart.
As soon as you walk through the door, the scent of freshly baked Chelsea buns will likely fill your lungs as you enter the kitchen and small bar. More often than not, a piping hot batch is gracing the restaurant’s communal dining island as you pull up a seat. The dark chocolate pecan version with delicate rum soaked raisins is divine as is its sister version made with apple and walnuts. After just one bite, you’ll come to understand why common refrains like, “See you later.” “Actually, you’ll see me tomorrow!” often sail through Small-fry’s craft kitchen.Witty banter between staff and customers is just one of the reasons Small-fry feels like home. All of its decadent baked goods are just beyond an arm’s reach (and a flavorful whiff) away from every seat in the restaurant. Unique details like a fun cork floorboard and copies of well worn cookbooks like À la Mère de Famille, help accentuate the fact that Small-fry was clearly created with a whole lot of tender love and care.Small Fry hatched two years ago and has earned rave reviews from local blogs like Living Loving Hobart and Two Clowns Tripping.
The restaurant also offers a number of unique donuts and the flavors vary. One morning you might find your taste buds tickled by the salted chocolate with caramel filling version or you might choose to go the rich and creamy Reese’s Pieces donut route. Don’t forget to order a piping hot cappuccino; Small-fry’s cappuccino is truly one of the best in town.If you pull into Small-fry for lunch, do as the locals do, order the sliders. There are three incredible options (smoky pork belly with coriander salad, crumbed haloumi with celeriac remoulade and a shaved brisket with bravas dressing) …and you really can’t go wrong with any of the sliders. Before test driving all three, I was certain the pork belly slider would be my favorite, but to my surprise the haloumi won hands down for its unique and surprisingly hearty rendition of the familiar treat typically made with meat.Pair your sliders with a glass of Home Hill Winery‘s Tasmanian Pinot Noir or grab a dram of one of the local whiskeys or gins Small-fry has on the shelf from the likes of Lark Distillery, and you’ve got a meal made in heaven.
Other food options include omelettes, tartine, porridge, fritters, pumpkin pie, croque and voluté, but its difficult not to be tempted by Small-fry’s “voilà” (its daily display of freshly baked sweet treats).Walk-ins are eagerly welcomed daily for both breakfast and lunch. It is possible to book the venue for dinner (for parties of eight or more), but you’ll need to call ahead well in advance to book a dinner reservation.Small-fry
3/129 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
7:30am – 3:30pm Monday through Friday
8:30am – 3:30pm Saturday
8:30am – 1:00pm Sunday