The Aloft restaurant is a popular hub for Hobart locals who love the relaxed vibe, the convivial atmosphere and of course, the amazing food. Sitting on the top floor of the award-winning Brooke Street Pier on Hobart’s majestic waterfront, the restaurant offers spectacular views over the harbour.
Designed with a spacious, airy feel, the heart of the restaurant is the open kitchen where the talented chefs rustle up freshly prepared dishes from a Pan Pacific Asian inspired menu with a unique Tasmanian twist that simply bursts with flavour.
Leading the amazing team is head chef Christian Ryan, who has been cooking for 14 years and did part of his training in the Savoy Grill in London with the infamous UK chef, Gordon Ramsay.
Christian and his team are passionate about the local produce and are committed to working with some of Tasmania’s best producers. The menu is designed to reflect the changing seasons and showcases the best and freshest local produce.
An interesting aspect of the restaurant is that it doesn’t have a gas supply. The Brooke Street Pier is not just a building but a four-storey floating pontoon that rises and falls with the tide without a stable connection to the land. Since connecting to the gas mains wasn’t possible, Aloft’s kitchen was designed around electricity. However, the Asian menu needed cooking with high heat generated usually by gas.
The adaptable team at Electrolux Professional was able to help Aloft create an open plan kitchen that was streamlined, aesthetically pleasing and functional. An Electrolux Professional Combi oven became a giant bamboo steamer for the perfect steaming of dumplings, greens and proteins whilst the modular flat top proved invaluable and substituted for the pan-frying of dumplings.
Christian is thrilled at how the open kitchen turned out as well as the level of service and training received on the equipment. In the three years since the restaurant was fitted with an Electrolux Professional kitchen, the team has not experienced any problems with the equipment.
“Electrolux has a strong brand name. Everywhere I’ve worked, we’ve had Electrolux of some degree in the kitchen. It is a name that everybody knows and it’s reliable. I’d recommend Electrolux to anyone opening a kitchen,” Christian commented.