Amongst the labyrinth of Battery Point is the cosy cafe style restaurant Environs. A bright, clean and modern outfit with interesting art decorating the walls and menus. Usually, Environs has been the breakfast choice for AJ and I. However, today we were interesting to taste their lunch menu.
A choice selection of Tasmanian white and red wines, beers and even some chilli ginger beer are available. Of course, there are the usual coffees, teas, milkshakes and juices that any self-respecting cafe simply must offer. However, one particularly tasty beverage is the 'Chocolate Cake Shake'.
Having had some great breakfast experiences here in the past (their Cottage Green (sardines & poached eggs w rocket), Hash Brown Butty and their Savoury Breakfast) we were excited to try the Wagyu Beef Burger and the Chilli Bean Boat.
The Wagyu burger comes in either breakfast style (with an egg and tomato chutney) or lunch style (with beetroot and green tomato pickle). I opted for the breakfast style. The bun was a soft damper style that mopped up the meat juices and soft flowing yolk with ease. The wagyu patty was a little tall but nothing a little knife work didn't solve. A great tasting burger complimented with a sweet chutney and swiss-style cheese.
The Chilli Bean Boat was a generous serving of white and cannellini beans in a spiced tomato sauce. There were springs of rosemary and tiny slices of chilli throughout. These beans were served in a similar damper style roll that was filled with a beautiful cheese. Atop this mountain of food were some ripe avocado slices. The rosemary was a little overpowering and detracted from the spiced sauce. But aside from that the dish was tasty nonetheless.
While the lunch menu was not as impressive as our breakfast experiences, we'll definitely be back to sample some of the other treats such as an interesting sounding duck and orange risotto.
Be sure to call ahead because it can be a difficult place to get into on the weekends!