Let's face it, food is one of the biggest drawing cards when choosing which epic destination to visit. Thankfully, Tasmania is the perfect recipe of incredible food, jaw-dropping scenery and fun-filled things to see and do!

With your car hire sorted at our Launceston branch, be sure to fuel those tummies at these incredible foodie hotspots, ready for your Tasmanian adventures!

1. Stillwater

No list of places to eat in Launceston would be complete without mention of Stillwater. This Tasmania institution has become a household name across the state, especially after recently acquiring a 'hat' at the latest Good Food Guide awards, making Stillwater the most awarded regional restaurant. 

The hat is confirmation of the exceptional food on offer at Stillwater. With a firm focus on creating contemporary Tasmanian fare from breakfast to dinner, diners can expect to savour the likes of slow cooked pork omelette in the morning, and roasted lemongrass and turmeric snapper in the evening.

No matter the time of day, diners can enjoy unbeatable views of the nearby Tamar River, along with superb service and of course, award-winning food at Stillwater.

2. Black Cow Bistro

If you're hankering for a flank or consider yourself a cow connoisseur, there's only one place to go: Black Cow Bistro. This Launceston eatery specialises in all things steak, and as the former home of an art deco butchers, you know you're in the right place for the 'best of the best' in beef. 

For a true taste of what's on offer, be sure to order the porterhouse (New York cut). Cooked just how you like it and served with your choice of sauce, this 450g beauty is the perfect sharing steak – unless you're feeling hungry, that is! 

All meat served is free-range, hormone-free and grass fed, showcasing the bistro's passion for supplying only superior steak. There's also an equally incredible range of non-meat dishes too, for accompanying vegetarian diners. 

3. Bryher 

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and judging by the delights served at Bryher, we're inclined to agree. With an ever-changing seasonal menu and an emphasis on supporting local suppliers, the community spirit at Bryher makes for a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 

Upon entry, you'll be greeted with a smile by the friendly team of staff as well as a cabinet brimming with freshly baked goodies – but be sure to restrain yourself for the main menu. Here, you'll ponder over the likes of pear and butterscotch brioche French toast and baked eggs with slow-cooked ham hock, just to name a few delights on this season's menu.

Located in the heart of the action on George Street, this brekkie spot is one of Launceston's most popular choices, so be sure to set that alarm!  

4. Me Wah

When visiting Tasmania, we understand that you'll be looking to try the local cuisine. However, it's hard to resist the allure of Me Wah – Launceston's award-winning Chinese restaurant – especially when they've managed to perfectly combine incredible Tasmanian produce with exquisite flavours of the East. 

The menu is extensive and varied, featuring an array of different meats, seafoods, sides and vegetarian dishes:

  • For starters, don't look past the blue swimmer crab dumplings served with a pork broth and ginger dipping sauce.
  • Mains? Get stuck into the Shanghai Beef – a crispy and moreish battered-style beef with a spicy side sauce.
  • For dessert, indulge in the peanut parfait served with vanilla tapioca, tangy raspberry and rhubarb sorbet and an assortment of caramel-infused goodies.

With bellies full and car hire sorted with the team at East Coast Car Rentals, get ready for the next leg of your Tasmanian adventure!