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“Fantastic night - and then the waitress left - what were they thinking?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Smolt

Smolt
2 Salamanca Square, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6224 2554
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Ranked #38 of 460 Restaurants in Hobart
Price range: $13 - $63
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Melbourne, Australia
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51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Fantastic night - and then the waitress left - what were they thinking?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Smolt was highly recommended and delivered most of what was promised. The restaurant is immediately comfortable and the staff's willingness to let us sample the wines was very helpful.

We started with olives and a few oysters and followed up with the venison and pork sausage pizza. Great choices - the oysters were incredibly fresh and the pizza crisp and tasty.

Everything was going well, the service was great, albeit a bit slow, and our waitress was a delight. Then we saw our waitress leave! No idea why. The result - we were abandoned! We waited about 15 minutes and went to the front desk and asked for the bill. Disappointing finish to a good night.

Visited May 2013
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Australia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
“Interesting Food well prepared”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

There is a good menu for dinner at Smolt. We had an early dinner, and both opted for specials. market fish of the day was whiting and flathead....it was prepared with mussels with the fish pan fried, and served on a farro and tomato broth. This was a good meal, but it was marred by a few bones in the fish....not excuse for that! The other special was a venison shank with mushrooms and creamed polenta and pork sausage. An excellent dish. The venison was rich and the mushrooms were morels...yum... A perfect foil for the richness of the venison. The polenta was excellent. Nothing low fat here....I think they are using Nigella's recipe.... We had a good mixed leaf salad on the side. It would have been better with a little more dressing...very tasty, but just not well enough tossed, or quite enough dressing.

The coffee was good, the wine list was pretty good. Lots of Tassie wines, but with a smattering of the best of the type by region in international and mainland wines, not cheap, but not crazy expensive either. No Tassie cheeses on offer....they say you can get them everywhere in Hobart, so they have 3 European cheeses on offer. Ok selection, but not enough to tempt me this time.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Another good brekky spot in Hobart”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Breakfast here was well cooked and delicious. It seems Hobart know how to deliver on interesting breakfast choices. All four of us tried the specials. Spanish eggs were fantastic and the coffee was good.

Visited March 2013
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sydney
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“This is good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Whilst preparing for a trip to Tasmania to celebrate my mother's 90th I saw a review in the Sydney Morning Herald on Smolt.
The review was good. I made a mental note to try it when in Hobart. Some reviewers have mentioned service. In our case my wife had ordered lamb. Our three other main courses came out but not my wife's . Our waitress apologised. The lamb had gone to another patron who had ordered venison. Not sure if he picked the difference ! Another dish of lamb was prepared and arrived as the rest of us were finishing. So no that is not good service. However our waitress was very sweet and attentive and obviously trying hard. And she was upfront about the stuff up. And at the end of the day in the context of celebrating a 90th birthday a little glitch is not the end of the world. The staff's positive approach, their honesty, and their attempts to make up for the error more than made up for the slip up.
Smolt is clearly a restaurant for the young and upwardly mobile in Hobart. The atmosphere is good. And the food was good. I had a risotto which was very tasty. The lamb was probably a little raw no doubt a product of the rush to catch up with the other courses. My mother's fish went down without complaint. Deserts and coffee were also good.
We did not get a chance to visit Garagiste which receives good reviews. We did dine at Monty's on Montpelier which was excellent but a little more formal. Next time we are in Hobart we will return to Smolt.

Visited May 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Amazing food, shame about the service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

I went here with my friends who are local and regulars. The food was delicious! However, we ordered oysters as our 'taste', then entrees, then mains. They brought our oysters out with our entrees, despite us requesting them to start.

My friends main order was wrong, however this was rectified very quickly.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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