Wow. What an interesting place. I flew down to Hobart on business but my wife insisted she come along to try Garagistes and Luke Burgess' cooking. We arrived on a Friday evening at about 6:30 and the place was rocking. There is a no booking policy but there were four empty spaces left at the end of a table. We were told that we could wait for a few moments while another couple paid their bill and we could have their seats at the bar. We were offered a wine list to browse and asked if we would like a drink while we waited. While we waited four people arrived and told the waitress that they had four seats reserved. They were shown to the four empty seats at the end of the table - it seems that the no reservations policy is strictly enforced....for some people. Its who you know that counts. We were shown to our sears after less than five minutes so we were happy. Now to the menu. What a wonderfull menu it was as well. We ordered a bottle of 2008 Savaterre Pinot Noir. Savaterre pinot noir is most commonly a muscular, tannic wine in need of bottle age to show its best. However, this 2008 disappointed. We expected chicory, woodsmoke, cedar and dark cherries. What we received was less than that. However, that was not the fault of the restaurant. To the food, and I'll not go into everything we ate. What I will say is that we decided to share and we started at the befinning and worked our way through to nearly the end. Only one plate disappointed and that was because the fennel overpowered the dish - and I could still take it while we were eating the next dish. Even so the food, atmosphere, service and location are great. We are long time foodies having eaten at some of the "best" restaurants around the world. We will fly down to Garagistas again. It has that feel. We will wait until the winter menu or maybe until the next summer menu.
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