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B: According to the Hobartians that we talked to, Ball & Chain Grill is the best place to get steak. Without even discussing it, Mr.K and I were there in a heartbeat. Ball Ball & Chain Grill is situated on Salamanca Place in a beautiful 1930s building and it was easy to find.

We thought we arrived there early for dinner at six, but we still had to wait a while at the bar till we were seated. The place was busy and packed. But the staff were very helpful and friendly which made the wait comfortable.

Every meal includes access to the all-you-can-eat salad bar. I’m not sure if you can tell by the picture, but the salad bar was wearing boots!

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Wallaby Sausage ($16.9 entree, $26.5 main)- fresh Tasmanian wallaby combined with pork fat, mace, a touch of garlic and served with a forestierre sauce. I’ve never tried wallaby meat before so I was pretty excited when I read it on the menu. It was a little on the dry side, but the seasoning really worked well with the wallaby and gave it a hearty flavour.

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After the Wallaby Sausage, it took nearly an hour until the mains came out. I ordered the small Eye Fillet ($25.5 small, $38.5 medium, $52.5 large) with Forestierre Sauce. The steak was juicy and had a great smokey aroma. But was it worth the long wait? probably not.

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Mr.K had the medium Porterhouse (small $20.5, medium $30.5, large $38.90) with Ball & Chain Bar-b-que. The Ball & Chain Bar-b-que is a tomato based smokey sauce with a dash of chilli and garlic. Again, a great piece of steak with an interesting but enjoyable sauce.

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Ball & Chain Grill on Urbanspoon87 Salamanca Place, Hobart 7000

(03) 6223 2655

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