Situated along the windy Channel Highway is an open plan restaurant with a beautiful view of the Derwent River; Taroona Lounge Bar. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner and offers takeaway pizzas from their wood-fired oven too.
AJ and I decide to try the lunch and pizza menus over two visits. There is a good variety of menu choices; vegetarian, seafood, steak, pasta and of course their wood-fired pizzas. As we were waiting for our table we even noticed a staff member bringing in logs of wood in a wheel barrow.
For lunch, I tried the prawn, chilli and garlic fettucini and AJ had the tempura battered fish and chips.
The fettucini was well cooked, the sauce rich but unfortunately the prawns were cooked just a little too far for my liking. Judging from the menu posted on the restaurants website this dish usually comes with Chorizo and I think that would have saved it for me.
On a later visit we tried some of their wood fired pizzas; a pepperoni and a stock-standard hawaiian (except I added prawns to see how they came prepared this time).
The pizzas came on a light and crisp base that had the smokiness from the oven and just raised the flavour profile of all the toppings. AJ's pepperoni was nice and spicy and there was a good balance of toppings. My hawaiian was excellent; delicately sliced leg ham, juicy prawns (perfect!) and just the right amount of cheese.
Taroona Lounge Bar offers a great spot for locals to catch up and have a drink and either enjoy their delicious pizzas or dine on some gourmet fare.
The view is excellent and the room is bright and inviting. The prices are fair at around $20-25 for most of the mains and pizzas at around $15. The drinks menu is also quite extensive with a well stocked bar and plenty of wine and spirit choices to please.