Whether you’re after some really good fish and chips, a meat pie or a fancy dinner for two, here’s a short guide to some of the South Coast’s most loved restaurants, cafes and takeaway shops.
Fish and chips
No trip down the coast is complete without fish and chips for dinner. My recommendation for all things battered and deep fried is Berny’s at Batehaven (especially if you then take your food down to Corrigan’s Beach and eat it on the sand while it’s still hot). Friends also say good things about The Sandy Foot at Malua Bay, but I’m not convinced that it beats Berny’s.
If you’re the sort of person that likes the option of eating fish and chips with a knife and fork, there’s also the ever popular Innes’ Boatshed overlooking Clyde River in Bateman’s Bay.
And while this isn’t technically a takeaway joint, and prawns aren’t exactly fish and chips, I’m sneaking the prawns from Lucky’s Seafood at Ulladulla in here too. Buy them fresh and eat them on the beach. Delish.
No fuss lunch
For a lunch with a view, try Tuross Boatshed & Café, which is tucked in a wind-protected bay at Tuross Head and serves coastal café fare such as fish and chips, steak sandwiches and milkshakes. The best part about the Boatshed is that if you’re out in your boat, you can place your order by phone, pull up to the jetty and pick up your food when it’s ready.
Canberrans also seem to love the Starfish Deli for everything from oysters to woodfired pizza, as it’s always packed during tourist season.
Also, the pies from Hayden’s Pies in Ulladulla are so good that they made the cut in Sophia’s meat pie edition of our Best of Canberra Taste Off. They’re also available from Spence Friendly Grocer, so if you’re not heading down the coast this year you can still get a decent pie fix.
Wineries and higher end dining
In my opinion, you really can’t beat Cupitt’s Kitchen for a long, lazy lunch surrounded by vineyards and green rolling hills. The restaurant is in the heart of Cupitt’s Winery in Ulladulla, uses fresh local produce and follows the philosophies of the Slow Food Movement (Rosie Cupitt is the leader of Slow Food Shoalhaven). Abandon any desire you had to eat healthy and try the duck fat potatoes. They are good.
Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook is a close second, particularly for seafood, and then there’s also Ceto Restaurant and Bar in Ulladulla, which overlooks the harbour. I haven’t been to Ceto yet, but its tasting menu comes highly recommended.