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“Beautiful food, excellent service - first rate”
Review of Le Provencal

Le Provencal
Ranked #104 of 627 Restaurants in Hobart
Price range: $17 - $21
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed March 25, 2012

This is a beautiful restaurant in South Hobart - 5 minutes from the city. The small intimate restaurant is run by a married couple the husband a French chef and front of house by his friendly and welcoming Australian wife. The walls are beautifully hand-painted by Peter Gouldthorpe, the childrens' picture book illustrator and artist, who is also a family member. All of this aside, the food is stunning. It is French food at it's very best and this is a knock out restaurant known well by locals. Food is tasty, fresh ingredients used and beautifully presented. It is always hard to choose what to order and all of us at the table thoroughly enjoyed our meals. If you want to feel like you're in France go here. You will need to book ahead if you are visiting the state or Hobart region. You will not be disappointed. This is a truly remarkable restaurant, that is a land-mark in Hobart for fine diners. I highly recommend Le Provencal.

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3  Thank sweptaway61
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

You will love the tromp l'oeil in this charming restaurant. The food's good too! The name says it all. There's a limited menu but everything is reliable.

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1  Thank Doug B
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

I don't like being too negative - but -- in a pricey restaurant you shouldn't get instant bake "bread rolls" -- you know those styrofoam thingies from Woolies. And as for the chips - dare I say french fries ( yes my name is pommes frites) they were decidedly of the factory made variety which come frozen in a big bag. To add in-salt to injury, they were pre-salted to an inch of their lives. I had a beef fillet - it was swimming in a red wine sauce - again, saltier than the Dead Sea. The boeuf was ok - but well short of memorable. My partner had a pork dish - I didn't taste it - but the plating and presentation looked tres ordinaire.

I'm generally not fussed by a restaurant's ambience - but the decor is a little OTT - all those coqs covering every surface of the place. The French are known for their sense of style, but I think our hosts have been in Tassie too long and nostalgia for the coq gallique is getting to them.

The greens that were accompanying my steak were OK, but the dressing could have been a Praise vinaigrette -- it was too sharp -- the vinegar was like a cheap malt variety - not a grape wine derived version .

Le Provencal would have an appeal to a certain demographic - those who think French culture starts and ends with Edith Piaf - the table beside ours was occupied by what might be called four Waimea Avenue wine wallies - sniffing and swirling their way through a common or garden Coonawarra red. All credit to Le Provencal they don't charge corkage for BYO.

I guess my biggest disappointment was they weren't offering a steak with bearnaise sauce. Hobart's eminent food/wine writer GP reckons the bearnaise is worth the trip to deepest darkest South Hobart. Maybe next time - but only if somebody else is paying

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5  Thank pommesfrite
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

We went here to celebrate a family occasion with a party of six. We sampled all the entrees, and voted the quail and the gnocchi outstanding, with the terrine running close behind. The mains were wonderful - the steak and Bearnaise sauce the star. We loved the leisurely pace, and felt we were in Paris surrounded by the wonderful murals, and the attention of our waitress.
We were too full to really appreciate the desserts, but one of our party did, and shared a spoonful each of the berry parfait = heaven!

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1  Thank kesby
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

This little family run restaurant is only just out of town and is worth the effort to locate. The food transports you back to provincial France and is luxurious. I had the chicken gnocchi in a creamy tarragon sauce for entree with Tony having quail with grapes. The gnocchi was so light it was a pillowy transport for a burst of magically flavours and the sauce was happily mopped up with a fresh warm crusty on the outside, soft on the inside bread roll. Tony's quail was a magnificent balance of richness cut by the slight acidity of the grapes. Main course was roast duck with apples and prunes and the blend of richness, sweet and supplementation of steamed vegetables resulted in a harmony of flavour which was happily mopped up with the balance of the bread. Tony had ox tongue which he thoroughly enjoyed with the mashed potato and steamed veg. Although we were already contented we did decide to share a dessert just to see if the chef's talent continued through all the courses and we weren't disappointed. The cherries in mulled wine with pistachio icecream was a wonderful blend of spice, fruit and coolness from the icecream. To be honest we didn't notice the pistachio as the cherries / wine overtook the delicate flavour although the texture / cooling element supplied by the icecream was welcoming and balanced the dish. The wine list is reasonable although the restaurant is also BYO. This food and talented chef deserve a good quality wine so if you're not bringing a fine wine buy something from their list and truly appreciate the marriage of magnificent food and good wine.
Be sure that you go to the right restaurant. There is a similar named restaurant in the same street. This one is further up the road in suburbia (South Hobart) and is worth booking. The restaurant is small with around a maximum capacity of 20. The intimate environment and wonderfully typical French food transports you back to provincial France with family run restaurants serving honest but stunning food. This food isn't quite as rustic as it has that touch of class but retains the honest, luxuriousness French food brings.

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2  Thank Ree21
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