While we were in Hobart, Tim and I had dinner at The Drunken Admiral, a seafood restaurant at Constitution Dock. The cauldron, canon and figurehead at the front of the restaurant set the tone for the internal décor, which is unashamedly nautical.
The seafaring theme is strongly represented in the placemats and napkins:
The restaurant had a well stocked bar where you can sit while waiting for a table:
and a roaring fire to keep you warm:
Tim started with a Cascade Tasmania-exclusive brew, while I opted for a mineral water:
We ordered the Gunners Smoky Squid Fry ($18.90) to share for entrée:
This squid tasted amazing, and comprised calamari rings in a cumin, garlic, oregano and coriander spiced batter with a squeeze of lime and chilli and smoked paprika mayo. I loved the paper cone that the squid was served in.
For main, Tim ordered the Yachtie's Seafood Mixed Grill ($36.90):
This dish comprised sizzling prawns, scallops and fish, with chips, salad, tomato relish and aioli. Because the sizzling seafood spits, the diner is decked out in a paper bib.
I went with the Marrakesh Market Tagine Baked Salmon ($34.90):
This dish comprised a Moroccan spiced salmon fillet in a tomato, coriander and chickpea curry, and was seriously good. I chose it because it was a little off the beaten track of fish and chips.
For dessert, we ordered the Malt Mill Pannacotta ($15.90) to share:
This dessert included a dark sticky barley malt and white chocolate pannacotta with hazelnut shortbread and raspberry puree. Again, it was devine.
The feel of this restaurant is casual, so there is no need to get dressed up to go. The wait staff were very friendly, especially our man-bunned waiter with endless energy. However, make sure you make a reservation - a number of people came in after us and were given waiting times of up to two hours to get a table.
If you are in Hobart and like seafood, The Drunken Admiral is a must-visit.
The Drunken Admiral
17-19 Hunter St. Old Wharf
Hobart Town, Tasmania
Ph: +61 3 62 341 903