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Scallop Pie – TKO Bakery Oatlands

Twice this week I’ve had the pleasure of testing out 2 new scallop pies, and I can say this one surpasses pretty well all that have come before it.
Oatlands is approximately halfway between us and Launceston or Mole Creek where we stayed on Wednesday night (see my road trip post) and a much needed stop on our return home.
The weather was wild and we were cold.
The bakery was warm and cosy, the pies and coffee hot and delicious.

There are signs along the highway promoting the pies at this bakery, but not stating their ‘best of’ status. When talking to other travellers you will hear about this bakery and the Ross one is equal terms.

There were two choices of scallop pie on the menu – curry or creamy. I thought this was a good idea as not everyone is after a curry pie, even though mostly are not overly hot or spicy.
I chose the creamy as something different and hubby’s decision made the order two.
Camping ourselves at a table near the wood heater to thaw out and warm up cold wet gloves we started on the coffee in wonderful large mugs easy to cup and warm chilly fingers.
The pies came out and looked fabulous. The cutlery and crockery was all mis-matched which blended nicely with the decor of the cafe. Casual and homely.

To the pie.
1: 5 stars.
2: 5 stars
3: 5 stars
4: 5 stars
5: 5 stars.

Overall score. Best pie yet. 5/5
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Not the best picture, it was browner in the flesh.

The scallops were plump and tasty, and perfectly cooked. Encased in a delicious pastry which was flaky, but not excessive, cooked to perfection with no raw or burnt bits. The sauce was beautiful. A creamy, but not overly rich sauce with fresh herbs (definitely home made as hubby found a whole ‘tree’ of herb in his) that added a subtle fresh home made flavour to it. There was just the right amount without being too runny or thick. The value for money was equally as good, at $7 it is a well rounded pie. I think this will become a favourite stop for us in the future.

Scallop Pie – shopping centre cafe

It’s Monday morning and not the day when you want to be out the door at 7.30, but the car was required at the body works to get a small but costly repair done, so I figured the groceries can be attacked at the same time. After filling the loan car with food hubby beckons me back into the centre and suggests a bite to eat (breakfast sounds really good at this stage) with a coffee and I can grab a scallop pie for lunch at the same time. Definitely better than Maccas.

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1. 3 stars
2. 3 stars
3. 3 stars
4. 3 stars
5. 3 stars

A tasty pie that is a good size and filled quite full. Not too many empty spaces but the pastry was a little flaky and made too much mess. The sauce was plentiful but bland Overall an average pie. Just another item on the menu and no illusions as to how great they are. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.
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Jen

(I started this post yesterday, and then had to re do it this morning as the update to the WP iPad app wouldn’t let me publish after I’d made a draft. Good old copy and paste came in handy)

Jam & Bread – review

At approx 25 mins north of me and 20 mins south of Hobart lies the township of Margate and it is here I find myself today at a new tea house and gift shop. They opened their doors on Wednesday and so today I come and check out what the menu and gift range. I know oneof the owners from a market we’ve done, and visited the house before they had started the renovations so I was very interested in seeing how their vision was realised.
Behind this door if a 1920’s cottage is the sweetest, vintage styled tea house…
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The decor is understated but classy and with a simple scheme of dark green, and brown. Polished floor boards and wonderfully comfortable chairs finish it off.
There are two rooms and small seating capacity of around 6 tables. (Oops, the picture is a little dark)
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All the food is made on the premises using food from their own garden or sourced from local suppliers.
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One of their specialities is the High Tea. A selection of sweet and savoury + your choice of beverage for the easy price of $25 per person.

Included the menu are a selection of pies and tarts, soup of the day (served with a savoury scone) and sweet delights.
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One item on the menu caught my eye, Sliders. A neat replacement to the usual burger. With 3 per serve, you get their homemade Brioche topped with pulled pork, confit duck and slow cooked chilli beef with condiments. Yum!!

The choice was hard but I chose the Moroccan lamb pie. A single serve pie filled with shredded meat and chick peas with a gentle flavour and spicyness was perfectly complimented by the coleslaw, beetroot and carrot salads, with a little dish of homemade tomato sauce.
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I finished my meal with a cappuccino. Served in a delicate tea cup with a ‘collectible’ spoon it was strong enough to guarantee I was bouncing off the walls later in the day – but the flavour was rich and certainly not bitter.
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Tim, chef and owner, also made most of the glassware, sugar bowls and light fittings by recycling old glass bottles with his brother Simon and their business ‘drystore’.
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Peisha, co-owner and hostess, also has her range of lotions and soaps ‘Lotus Child’ for sale (see her etsy store for more)
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Some of the beautiful and quirky items in use at Jam & Bread
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Many small eateries like this can be overpriced but for no more than I could buy a sushi/coffee or bakery pie/coffee combo I had a delicious homemade pie with salad, great coffee in a beautiful setting. The service quick and friendly, which is no surprise at all.
Tim started work at Meadowbank just north of Hobart before moving to Sydney where he and Peisha had several cafes under their belt. They’ve been back in Tassie for a couple for years and this is the first venture they’ve taken on from scratch. And what a job they’ve done already!
Perfect for a light lunch, weekend brunch or getting the girls together for high tea Jam & Bread should be on the list of places to stop at on the trip south of Hobart.

Check them out on Facebook and if you’re in the area please call in and say hi 🙂
Jennifer

The Source, MONA – Review

For my birthday mum took me to the restaurant at MONA.
In a few words. Classy, arty and pricy.
Don’t get me wrong, the meal was ah-may-zing and beautifully presented. But in all establishmets like this, huge plates and small servings. Which were not so small once we had had two courses.

The decor was simple. Nothing stood out. It was designed I think to let the find and service take the light.
We started with a glass of bubbly

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Both of us chose the ocean trout with carrot puree.  The fish was done to perfection, tender and fall apart. The puree was smooth, creamy and sweet. The sauce was a perfect compliment with subtle flavours.

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With a side of potato. Smooth, creamy and I could have licked the bowl clean when we finished.

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Dessert was a tough choice, but I had the lemon tart. Quite strong in its tartiness, but creamy and smooth with a delicious creme fraiche.

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Mum chose a delicate coffee mousse in custard with chocolate.

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We finished, totally stuffed, with a coffee hot chocolate.

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The staff were experienced and very knowledgeable in both the menu and (very) extensive wine list. It’s like a novel it’s so thick.   Our coats were hung in the cupboard near the register and the bill arrived in a folder (I’ve only ever seen this in the movies).
This is definitely somewhere to go for a special occasion.
All in all a lovely day out and combined with a trek through the museum would make for one memorable day.

Jennifer 🙂

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Three Ducks – review

Yesterday, a friend took me out for brunch at a quant sounding but modernish cafe located on the eastern side of Hobart, overlooking a marina.
Walking down the street you may miss it, but once inside it is worth your time to stay.
It’s called 3 Little Ducks and there are plenty of ducks all over the shop. Including the duck shaped chocolate you get with your coffee.

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The prices are pretty reasonable and the servings filling enough. I opted for poached eggs with smoked salmon, my personal favourite. A great combination.

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While my friend decided she needed a sugar fix and took the fluffy pancakes.

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The staff are friendly and know their menu, are attentive but not intrusive. This is the second time I’ve been and have not seen more than the breakfast menu.
It is well worth a visit back to check out their lunch menu, if only to sit at the window and look at the great view.

Jennifer 🙂

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