Restaurant Guide

Franklin: Restaurant review

A joyous place where a diner feels blessed to be part of the dance rather than a mere spectator.

Address

30 Argyle St, Hobart

Hours

Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

Prices

E $12-$22
M $22-$40
D $16
Dégustation $85

The interior may be all concrete and sharp corners, but the essence of Franklin couldn't be further from its industrial setting. With specialist local producers on board, eyes peeled for wild ingredients and – among other tools – a woodfired Scotch oven, Analiese Gregory assembles flavours of exquisite delicacy. A single skewer of char-grilled oyster mushrooms dressed with a frothy wakame sabayon lingers memorably, as does a chicken liver parfait sweetened with preserved quince and served on yeast crisps. The juicy pop of pickled currants and the crunch of smoked macadamias roll perfectly against sea-salty, smoky octopus, and a whole flathead built for sharing is served with a wickedly rich sea urchin butter. Sommelier Forbes Appleby's wine list, meanwhile, is as impressive as ever: clear, concise and reliably on the pulse. Gregory's crisp potato with brown butter mousse and salted caramel remains a signature dish with good reason, and neatly encompasses her creative approach driven by flavour and finesse.
Phone:
(03) 6234 3375
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Private room
  • Wheelchair friendly
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef:
Analiese Gregory
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.