The perfect little breakfast joint after a hard night
Fact 1 – Launceston is a quiet place. Fact 2 – Launceston has a population of only 106,000. Fact 3 – and be prepared to be shocked – Launceston punches high and wide above its weight when it comes to food.
And that includes breakfast. Don't expect to be served wonder white bread with percolated coffee when you visit this northern Tasmanian city, nestled amid the famed Tamar Valley. Launceston's food scene has really exploded in previous years, with funky new bars, restaurants and brasseries popping up across the city at breakneck speed. Even nearby Campbell Town is exploding with terrific eateries. One of the gems in Launceston's food renaissance is none other than PX Tapas and Wine.
It's a comfy little joint. The outside is decorated with quirky Spanish olive oil canisters split into two and resurrected as planter boxes. But apart from the tapas and wine, that's probably about the extent of the Spanish connection. It's quite an eclectic space. Inside you'll find more a Canadian Rockies/Banff feel with furry cushions, antler light fittings and cowskin rugs. It's cool.
The service is quick and friendly, but really the best thing about this place is the food. My breakfast of free range scrambled eggs with a side of avocado comes out steaming, fluffy and creamy. A mouthful makes me question whether I'm really in Launceston or not. Surely such a little place couldn't serve up such a solid breakkie?
Hot chocolates aren't the usual cheap and nasty confections. They're made with real cocoa sprinkled on top, and minimal sugar. It's ever-so-slightly bitter. And it's classy and delicious without having you walk out with that crazed sugar-high face.
They go easy on the sugar, making their hot chocolates extra legit.
Breakfast gets a 10/10 score – after all, it's nice to be pleasantly surprised by the foodie offerings of such a small town. My next stop just has to be dropping by for the lunch and dinner menus. I eagerly await my next northern visit…
Heading back into the wilds of George St after a lovely breakfast.