The Gourmet Runner had done some serious research before our trip to Tasmania. She was determined to eat well, and we did, even while we were bushwalking. I’ll give you a report on that later though. Let’s start in the pretty town of Launceston with a fine breakfast at Tant Pour Tant. This patisserie specialises in cakes, breads and pastries, but they have a small cafe as well. The space inside looked tiny, so the three of us chose a table outside. It was a quiet street, so outdoor dining was quite pleasant. On the sunny side of the road it would have been perfect in winter. We were really grateful for the shade of the umbrella in summer though.
The waiter checked for me that my choice was gluten free, which is always reassuring. I had the poached eggs on truffled polenta with parmesan. The eggs were nicely runny inside and the polenta was very creamy. I wasn’t a fan of the sauce though. Hollondaise is a bit mayonnaisy for me.
The Gourmet Runner decided on the house baked beans with chorizo served on a slice of sourdough.
Miss Enthusiasm had the best breakfast of all. A beautiful blini smothered in berry compote and mascarpone. She and the Gourmet Runner have a good arrangement where they always swap plates halfway through a meal. Both of them liked the blini best. My sweet tooth was very jealous and I had to buy a bag of perfectly ripe apricots up the road as a consolation prize.
In preparation for the next day the girls also bought a selection of pastries for breakfast and an olive sourdough for lunch. They were quite impressed with these. At the end of the trip, when I was ranking our meals out, the girls said Tant Pour Tant was their favourite. I’ll keep you in suspense about my favourite until a later post.
I looked up the meaning of Tant Pour Tant. It seems to be a culinary term referring to a one to one mixture of icing sugar and almond meal. An appropriate name for a decadent patisserie.
Ratings (out of 5 snorts)
Reminder about Books for Love
Arfi’s Books for Love auctions have started, so have a look and see if you’d like to bid on something. This is a charity auction to raise money for Indonesian kids with cancer.