For those who are already members of Tasmania's trendy bar and restaurant scene, it will come as little surprise to learn that one of the city's most popular has been named one of the best dining spots in the country.
Located on Murray Street in a one-time mechanic’s garage, Garagistes has quickly become a popular among locals and in-the-know visitors since first opening its doors to the public.
But now it seems that ‘Internationals and Mainlanders’ are also coming to appreciate its mix of quirky interiors, fine wines and the best in fresh, locally produced food.
Although officially a wine bar sporting top drops from around the world, it is the establishment's emphasis on tasty, high-quality eating options that helped the bar takeout first place in The Australian's Hot 50 Restaurants list for Tasmania.
The menu also features a number of organic wines and foodstuffs that appeal to diners who care as much about the environment as they do about what's on their plate.
Luke Burgess, chef and part owner at Garagistes, said the gong was a good reminder to everyone in the industry that what they did on a day-to-day basis made a difference.
"It's a nice feeling to be included with a lot of other people from around the country whose work we respect and admire," he told The Mercury.
While making it to the top of The Australian's list was an honour, it is not the first time the team at Garagistes have been acknowledged for their hard work.
The restaurant regularly appears in eating guides for the state and also made an appearance in popular travel magazine Gourmet Traveller earlier this year.
Garagistes can be found at 103 Murray Street Hobart and contact details and prices are available from their website.
Note: They do not take reservations.