With a population that hovers around 200,000 people, a tiny place might be the perfect way to describe Hobart, Tasmania. Nestled inside Hobart’s historic Battery Point suburb, like a culinary matryoshka or a Russian nesting doll, you’ll find A Tiny Place. It seems as though Hobart has a penchant for small intimate dining spots. Small-fry is another fabulous snack sized restaurant in Hobart that, like A Tiny Place, punches above its weight when it comes to flavorful food.
A culinary team led by Philippe Leban developed the Asian French fusion menu at A Tiny Place. The menu is filled with an eclectic mix of dishes that makes you feel as though you’re criss crossing the globe via your mouth. The unique cultural pairing is as evident in the menu as it is in A Tiny Place’s decor. Laguiole cutlery rests beautifully on the table alongside lovely chinoiserie style napkins.
What truly makes A Tiny Place so special is not just its food (which is on a whole other level), but also the outsized old world charm it presents in such a small package. A Tiny Place is situated inside a building that dates back to 1860.
The cafe is lovingly filled with antiques and tchotchkes that make you feel as though you’ve entered a wormhole and have been transported to another era.
A Tiny Place even makes brunch feel like a special occasion. Jazz and R&B tunes from likes of Allen Toussaint, Peggy Lee and Thelonious Monk gently lull you into the start of your day. We happily indulged in honey madeleines for breakfast that had perfectly baked edges and a slight tinge of orange flavor to them. The house made sloe berry jam that accompanied them tasted divine.
The hot porridge is served with seasonal poached fruits, a dash of orange zest and finished off with the lightest drizzle of a decadent maple syrup.
In addition to A Tiny Place, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Australia.
For breakfast you’ll find everything from a Shanghai breakfast pancake and a wonton soup to a smoked pork belly served with poached egg campagnard. We were rather intrigued by an item known rather cryptically as, “One of my favourite street foods whilst in China.” An herb and cheese omelette, toasted brioche and congee round out the menu. The offerings change frequently given the season and which locally sourced ingredients happen to be available.
Whether you’re searching for a great cup of local roasted coffee, casual fare or lovingly plated dishes, we think A Tiny Place is a spot you’ll have a tough time walking away from.
A Tiny Place
20 Francis Street
Battery Point, Tasmania 7004
Hours: Breakfast and Lunch are Served Wednesday Through Sunday, Dinner is Served Tuesday Through Thursday 6:00pm to Midnight
Phone: +61 362 256 771
Pricing (All in Australian Dollars or AUD): Breakfast Items $11.00 to $26.00, Lunch $18.00 to $28.00, Dinner $17.50 to $38.00, Desserts $15.50