While we were visiting Cataract Gorge in Launceston, we had lunch at Basin Café, the more relaxed and casual of two eateries situated on the reserve. Located at a strategic spot overlooking the grounds, we were treated to great views throughout our meals.
Not too long after being seated, we placed our orders with a friendly staff member. The service was a little slow, but we managed to kill some time in the souvenir shop adjacent to the café. About half an hour later, our food finally arrived.
Needless to say, I knew was going to have the seafood chowder once I had set my eyes on the menu. It had a great creamy texture and depth, with generous amounts of fresh seafood and vegetables. Served on the side was some garlic and herb bread, slightly charred, tasty and oh so yummy. I felt that the portion was just right, which is important not to overdo especially with thick and creamy dishes.
Hubby ordered the calamari, which was served with a considerable amount of salad. The calamari was substantial and crispy whereas the salad was really refreshing. (I know all this because I snitch hubby's food, as always.)
Finally, Dad ordered the beef burger. I didn't have a taste of this dish, so all I could tell from the looks of it was that it was huge! (This was confirmed 30 minutes later when the rest of us had finished our meals whereas Dad had barely finished half the burger.) Look at that patty. And that salad. And those chips. Oh my. Dad mentioned that it was good though.
It was the first seafood meal I had in Tasmania and I was already liking what I was tasting. It's a great café with great food and views, so be sure check it out when you are at Cataract Gorge!