For the second year in a row I had quite the surprise on Simon and my anniversary. August 6th saw Simon and I celebrate our second anniversary. After finishing work I got ready, knowing only that we would be going out for dinner and that I was to have a bag packed for the night. Unbeknownst to me a dinner at T42 followed by staying the night at Somerset on the Pier had been organised. We arrived at the hotel at around 6:30pm and promptly opened the bottle of Veuve Clicquot we’d been saving for a special occasion. The view of the Hobart waterfront from our hotel window was absolutely spectacular.
After polishing off the bottle we headed down to T42 for dinner. Being a Tuesday night the restaurant was quiet and we were able to get a table for two against the windows. The evening started with a bottle of Clarence House Pinot Blanc, normally a red drinker this white was a pleasant dinner accompaniment, and after a bottle of champagne as a starter a bottle of red may not have been a wise choice for a Tuesday evening. Along with the first glass of wine we enjoyed three natural and three Kilpatrick oysters along with baguette, pesto, aioli and olives. I ordered the pork belly on ham hock and farro and Simon had the chicken schnitzel. Upon ordering the waitress advised me that I would probably have ‘food envy’ if I didn’t order a small side. This would probably have been the case had I not already had oysters and bread, but I sided with the waitress and ordered arancini balls alongside my pork belly.
The service throughout the evening was attentive and prompt without being too overbearing. The girls clearly knew the menu and helped diners to make informed decisions. The quality of the food definitely kept up with the service that we received; the pork belly was absolutely brilliant. Crispy and succulent on top and juicy throughout, the bed of farro was delicious; I’d not heard of farro before, but was pleased with the discovery that it is a form of dried wheat somewhat similar to pearl barley. If that was not enough already, dessert was ordered and I most certainly over indulged in sticky date pudding. Having finished our meal we made the very short stroll back to our room for the night.
The danger of such a great night on a weeknight is that it really feels like you are on holidays, waking up on Wednesday morning we felt a little cheated that we couldn’t sleep in, get a morning coffee and laze around all morning. With our trip to New Zealand only just around the corner, there will be plenty of time for that in the coming weeks.
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