Down, Down Under: Tassie Scallops and Such

Lunch today was at Stonies, Devonport. Using actual old physical records as decor — I am sure many in the younger generation have not seen them before — music from the Elvis Presley era filled the cafe as we walked in. It is located in the middle of the only mall in Devonport.

A friend ordered grilled fish with chips while another friend ordered the chicken parmigiana. The fish was grilled to perfection. It was moist and it did not have a fishy smell at all. Some people are very particular about the way fish smells. Fresh fish doesn’t smell fishy. It was served with salad on the side. The chicken too was moist. Since I have not eaten chicken parmigiana before, it tasted like a cross between battered and fried chicken and lasagne without the beef.  My order was Tasmanian scallops, beer-battered, served with fries. There were only five or six scallops per serving, so I ate each one as slowly as I could, savouring each mouthful like I would not be eating Tasmanian scallops again for a looooong time. And yes, they were yummy and did not taste fishy at all.

Last but not least, the coffee was the best that I’ve had in East Devonport since I’ve been here, which is four days. The beans used are 100% Arabica, which probably explains why the coffee was soooo good.

Stonie’s Cafe, 77 Rooke Street, Devonport, TAS 7310. Tel: (03) 6424 2101. They seemed to be opened only for lunch. It’s a popular place and can be quite crowded.

Beer-battered Tasmanian scallops and fries

Chicken Parmigiana

Grilled Fish and chips


Decor within the cafe

Cafe interior

Records being used as table number holders


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