48 Argyle Street
Hobart Tas 7000
You can take this girl out of Melbourne, but you can’t take Melbourne out of the girl, so as can be expected the first thing that I did once arriving in Hobart was go on the hunt for quality brunch and coffee. Having done a bit of research on what the ‘Apple Isle’ has to offer, top of my list was Pilgrim Coffee in the heart of town. Accessible from both Argyle and Liverpool streets, one end of this L shaped space serves as a coffee house and the other a great quality eatery. Dimly lit throughout, the fit out is dark and cosy, resembling a cellar and a subway station all at the same time. Sounds random, but it works. Rustic exposed brick walls support the recycled timber ceiling, with creatively laid subways tiles acting as a feature across one wall. I’ve always thought that venues in Melbourne were quite progressive in their fit out, but I have to say this is definitely up there with some of the best.
Having made quite an impression before we even looked at a menu, I was expecting big things and for the most part it delivers. Evenly balanced between sweet and savoury dishes, the solid offering is refreshingly different to what we’re used to seeing. Smashed avocado and corns fritters are replaced with dishes I seldom see on menu’s in Melbourne, like lentil Dahl soup, and bubble and squeak.
Always a sucker for a sweet dish, I opted for the french toast with lashings of maple syrup, whipped butter, crispy bacon and a runny fried egg. The toast was fantastic, large wedges of buttery brioche were crisp on the outside, then soft in the centre soaking up the sweet maple syrup and runny egg yolk. I’m salivating just thinking about it. Other cafes should take note, this is what a winning dish looks likes.
For something on the savoury side we ordered the generous pastrami sandwich with sauerkraut, mustard, Gruyère and dill pickles. Super tangy and full of big flavours, this is quite an authentic version of the classic sandwich.
Definitely one of my top cafe experiences this year, looks like I’ve got a reason to make the trip across Bass Strait a regular thing.