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January 10th, 2019

Travel - Room For A Pony (Hobart)

Being new to the Hobart dining scene, I scoured countless café menus before deciding upon Room For A Pony based upon their Hawaiian-inspired loco moco breakfast. Y’all know how I live to eat something different...

Located in North Hobart – an area touted as being similar to Sydney’s Newtown – it’s situated in a former petrol station. My flavour-seeking dining companion went diving for a bottle of chilli sauce as soon as we pulled up under a brightly coloured umbrella at a picnic table on their AstroTurf lawn.


Turns out his fervor for additional flavour was unwarranted – Hobartians are much better at chilli than we Sydneysiders.

Loco Moco ($18) takes a tasty beef patty, plonks it on a mound of white rice, tops it off with two fried eggs, and then surrounds the lot with jalapeño gravy. The gravy was so good I’m itching for a recipe to be able to make it at home – it’d work on everything from turkey to fried chicken. And no extra chilli sauce was required!

Created in a wok, my Chinese Fried Chilli Omelette ($17) was also big on heat with both chilli jam and plentiful fresh red chilli slices. It was also served on steamed jasmine rice with dash of oyster sauce and both fresh and fried shallots. Eating rice for breakfast was surprisingly gentle and easy to digest in both cases. Worried about enough interest on the plate, I added on a side of Ziggy’s Free Range Bacon ($5), which was thankfully unnecessary, because it arrived incinerated in a sad little pile on the side of my plate.

Coffee was decent but not remarkable across both a Latte ($4) and a Flat White ($4). Staff were friendly, even in a big and busy space. Despite the tiny external face of these ex-garage station digs, you’ll find Room For A Pony could also fit a small horse inside too! This makes it perfect for breakfast no matter what Hobart's weather throws at you - which for me, was bright blue skies and endless sunshine.

Room For A Pony
338 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
Ph: (03) 6231 0508

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