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Rocking Hobart Rolls

by Peta Hen
Rocking Hobart Rolls

Sometimes you just want to grab and go – and a near-perfect form for a quick lunch has to be a roll. This month we explored some CBD options for a speedy feed, in roll form.


95 Liverpool St, Hobart

Yellow Bear is a recently opened Chinese street food cafe with five different types of jianbing (mung bean pancakes) on offer. We’d never had jianbing before, so we asked for the most popular type, which turned out to be crispy fried chicken. Our jianbing was filled to the brim with fresh lettuce, fried chicken and hoisin sauce. There was also a crunchy, wonton paper crisp inside that contrasted beautifully with the soft crepe that held it all together. It made for a highly textural and really delicious bite. It was very filling and one jianbang could be shared if you weren’t ravenously hungry. The hot tip for next visit is to try the duck jianbing, the other popular choice, although the fried chicken will be hard to pass up.

Bussin’ banh mi


33 Elizabeth St, Hobart

You can’t go past banh mi for a quick and satisfying lunch. Ja & Jon is always cranking around lunchtime and for good reason. If you’re ever peeked into the bain marie and wanted to launch into the pork crackling, you’re among friends. This visit we ordered a roast pork roll and a bbq chicken roll. The pork was what you’d expect from a traditional banh mi with succulent pork belly with crackling, Vietnamese pate and all the trimmings on a shatteringly crunchy baguette. The chicken roll was just as good with a generous ladle of tangy peanut sauce topped with coriander and chilli. Yummo! Vietnamese classics like these will always hit the spot.

A bagelicious feast


83-85 Bathurst St, Hobart TAS 7000

When you’re in the mood for something dense and wholesome, nothing beats a bagel. Two, in our case… and a cinnamon scroll! The glass cabinets of the eclectic Bury Me Standing were stacked, just prior to the lunch rush. We ordered a classic everything bagel with the lot, loaded with fresh salad, pickled beetroot and cashew smear – a healthier option. It was fresh, full and delicious. We also ordered a cheeseburger bagel dog which was exactly as you’d imagine: cheeseburger meets Big Mac meets hot dog meets bagel. It was hectic but man, was it awesome. And because we were feeling extra, we couldn’t go past a luscious cinnamon scroll topped with a dusted chocolate skull. Slightly boujee, but totally worth it. The bagels are served with pretzels and a pickle which you could keep for a snack later on.

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