Sunday 4 January 2015
This morning we go for a walk through the City Park. Its small, but very interesting, lots of beautiful trees, an exhibit of Japanese Macaque monkeys plus a duck pond, monuments, a conservatory and children’s playground.
After our walk, which we needed to work up an appetite for lunch at Josef Chromy Vineyard. This is well worth a visit, and just a short taxi ride from the centre of Launceston. This is going to be our only real culinary experience in Tasmania and we are looking forward to it. The Vineyard Restaurant is surrounded by summer browned rolling hills with green grape vines everywhere you look, beautiful gardens and a picturesque lake.
We have a table booked for 1.00 pm and after a short walk around the grounds we are seated in the restaurant and enjoying a glass of the local bubbles and some magnificent oysters from St Helens and Barilla Bay.
After perusing the menu we decide on the “Sassafras Smoked White Fish” and “Peas, Ham, Curds and Whey” for entree and “Braised Pork Belly” for H and “Robbins Island Wagyu Porterhouse Steak” for me. Yum.
The food is exceptional and we have been hanging out for some decent wine so we order a bottle of Pepik Pinot Noir (2006) from Josef Chromy of course! After a very enjoyable lunch in this magnificent setting we head back to our hotel to rest our very full tummies.
We are not very hungry in the evening so we go for a long slow walk around the deserted city streets and eventually find a small Japanese restaurant (Kai Zen Sushi Bar) where we have some sushi and a beer.