Coles Bay, the tiniest of towns on Tasmania’s east coast, has so much to offer the itinerant traveller. The perfection of Wineglass Bay (voted by the staff at Frommers to be one of the nine best beaches anywhere in the world!!), the rugged beauty of Freycinet National Park, the russet granite outcrops of The Hazards looming over numerous shacks and holiday homes strewn around the still waters of Great Oyster Bay.
Good food, on the other hand, doesn’t doesn’t seem to be quite so prevalent!
If cost isn’t a constraint then there’s The Edge restaurant at Edge of the Bay Resort, which I’ve heard is quite good, albeit expensive. Or, you could drop by Freycinet Lodge and try their restaurant The Bay, however the reviews of this venue seem to be very hit-and-miss.
Value options are few and far between, so it’s a good thing then that the only other option, besides the pub, is an absolute cracker!!
Tombolo Freycinet is located in the heart of Coles Bay, only metres from the water’s edge and perfectly positioned for you to soak up the changing colours of The Hazards at sunset over a wood-fired pizza and either:
A. (for classy couples) – a glass of one the East Coast’s finest wines; OR
B. (for parents with children in tow) – a double shot long black coffee (Villino beans of course); OR
C. (for alcoholic clowns) – a cocktail or three from their fantastic little mobile cocktail bar!
The place was jumping on their first day of trade after the Christmas break, so rather than squeeze in with the sweaty masses we decided to take our pizzas back to the apartment and watch the sunset in airconditioned comfort (yes, the temperature actually cracked 25 deg C!!).
Judicious use of quality ingredients, sourced locally where possible, and a crisp, tasty base, made for a couple of seriously good pizzas!
Karen chose the daily special, chilli prawn, while I went with the classic ham and pineapple…
When your options are scarce you’ll often settle for second best. Thankfully, as long as Tombolo keep serving up such great meals, this isn’t going to be an issue in Coles Bay!
Tombolo Freycinet also do a number of seafood and pasta dishes, with a small selection of cakes normally on offer as well, so don’t feel like you’ve got to settle for pizza.
Opening hours are 8:30am-4:30pm daily, and from 6:00pm-8:30pm every evening except Mondays.
For more information, drop by their Facebook page here – Tombolo Freycinet
It was takeaway, so scoring wouldn’t be fair. Let’s just say that what they’re producing is better than most pizzas you’ll get in the Big Smoke!