Marque IV, awarded “Best Overall Restaurant in Tasmania 2006”, definitely ranks as both Alan and my favourite dining experience. It is a pricey place but worth every penny spent. The dishes were cooked to perfection and the ambience comfortable with a touch of sophistication and elegance.
For the first time, I managed a 4 course and actually enjoyed every ounce of it! For those of you who feel overwhelmed by the different choices offered, I suggest ordering a little bit of everything. You could either, as suggested go through an array of amuse and entree dishes, or go the traditional way of starting with an amuse, moving on to an entree, then mains and ending with dessert! The amuse portions are really small and like its name suggests is meant to amuse your taste buds, triggering your appetite and anticipation for what is to come. Entree is slightly bigger in portions but not enough to fill you up. This is probably why Marque IV suggests to its customers to try an array of both combinations to entice your taste buds. The mains are definitely worth going for. We had the duck and that was THE most perfect duck dish I’ve ever had – juicy, tender and sweet. I have to admit I was pretty apprehensive about the dish as it was cooked in duck essence and I was afraid the taste would be overwhelming. But I could not have been further from the truth. Not only was it not overwhelming, but done to perfection, making one crave for more of it. As for dessert, blissful but sinful are the best words to describe it.
This place is a must for food lovers. If you are interested in just a peek of what they have to offer, visit their website at www.marqueiv.com.au. Marque IV definitely lives up to and above its reputation for a great dining experience.