WHERE TO DINE

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Fee & Me Restaurant ★★ MODERN AUSTRALIAN Perhaps the best restaurant in Launceston, Fee & Me is in a grand old mansion. The menu is structured so that din­ers choose a selection from five categories, each one moving from light to rich. An extensive wine list complements selections for each course. A five-course meal could go something like this: Tasmanian ocean trout tartare with tomato and basil consomme and caviar; followed by ocean trout and kaitafi pastry with almond cauliflower sauce and tomato and cucumber salsa; then pan-fried lamb’s brains with baby silver beet and brown butter and caper sauce; followed by hare pie with Parmesan chive souffle topping, and creamed potato and celeriac puree; topped off with a walnut tart with honey ice cream, cream, and caramel sauce; or a selection of Tasmanian cheeses. The dishes change fre­quently, so you never know what you might find.

190 Charles St. (at Frederick St.). & 03/6331 3195. Reservations recommended. A$65 for 3 courses;

A$78 for 4 courses; A$88 for 5 courses. AE, DC, MC, V. Tues-Sat 7-10:30pm.

Stillwater River Cafe ★★ MODERN AUSTRALIAN This fabulous eatery is SE located inside an old mill beside the Tamar River. Come here for a good breakfast, a

casual lunch at one of the tables outside overlooking the river, or an atmospheric dinner.

The dinner menu is fascinating, with all sorts of delicacies on the menu including aba-

lone and octopus. Try the seared scallops or the Vietnamese sugar-cooked pork belly. The

wine cellar brings up a good selection of Tasmanian wines. It’s a good idea to go for the

six-course tasting menu, which comes in at a respectable A$105, or A$144 including

atching wines. A vegetarian menu is available on request.

Ritchies Mill (bottom of Paterson St.). & 03/6331 4153. www. stillwater. net. au. Reservations recom-

mended. Lunch A$14-A$32; dinner A$70 2 courses, A$85 3 courses. AE, DC, MC, V. Daily 8am-10pm.

Inexpensive

Croplines Coffee Bar ‘k ^jnds CAFE If you crave good coffee, bypass every other

place in Launceston and head here. It’s a bit hard to find, and you may have to ask for

directions, but basically it’s behind the old Brisbane Arcade. The owners are dedicated to

coffee, grinding their beans on the premises daily. If coffee’s not your cup of tea, then try the excellent hot chocolate.

Brisbane Court, off Brisbane St. & 03/6331 4023. Coffees and teas A$1.80-A$2.60. Cakes under A$3.50. AE, MC, V. Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat 8:30am-12:30pm.

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