18 March 2016
With its golden sand beaches and sleepy coastal charm, the NSW South Coast has long been a destination for family holidays but in recent years, this waterside paradise has shifted gears and is now asserting itself as a foodie destination.
A fine dining experience awaits at the gateway to the South Coast at the hatted Caveau Restaurant. While the beach culture in the area is quintessentially Australian, Wollongong’s best restaurant is undoubtedly French. Caveau is a culinary gem with a dark, cosy interior that allows its dishes to shine in their precise, produce-driven glory.
The jewel in the South Coast’s culinary crown, seafood celebrity chef Rick Stein put Bannisters By the Sea on the map well before food become fashionable. This Mollymook stalwart is best known for its remarkably fresh seafood, often enhanced with Asian flavours, and its panoramic ocean views.
Modern dining and some of the most beautiful views on the South Coast can be found at Nowra’s Wharf Road Restaurant. Situated on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River, Chef and owner Dave Campbell has given this historic Harbour Master’s residence a new lease on life, creating a gracefully rustic space.
His Boy Elroy is a trendy café and bar on Global Lane in Wollongong pumping out freshly brewed chai in the morning and specialty burgers (we recommend the porky pig burger) and hot wings in the evening. Local craft beer is on tap and if you’re partial to a cocktail, take direction from the staff as they’ve got some creative combinations.
Silos Restaurant is located on the outskirts of Berry, nestled amidst the rolling hills of Silos Estate Vineyard. As the name suggests, guests enter between two old grain silos before settling into the restaurant, which was once a hay shed. Visit for native Australian ingredients paired with local produce and sophisticated wines.
Set in a 1925 weatherboard cottage overlooking Merimbula Lake, Dulcie’s Cottage is a charming bar and restaurant that offers a cool, concise menu featuring local oysters and American-style burgers. Enjoy a beer or classic cocktail on a bench under the jacaranda tree in the front yard and watch as the baby-blue food truck churns out baskets of buttermilk fried chicken and prawn rolls.
Located in the Milton Hills, just a short drive from Mollymook and Ulladulla, St Isidore is a chic and contemporary restaurant that exudes a casual charm. Ethical and sustainable seafood is dotted throughout the refined menu. Grilled octopus with garlic aioli and roasted local blue eye is best enjoyed on the restaurant’s balcony overlooking the surrounding countryside.
Just a few kilometres from Jervis Bay, an unforgettable meal awaits in the treetop Gunyah Restaurant at Paperbark Camp. Enjoy sunset drinks on the balcony or indulge in a romantic dinner on the private verandah of your luxury room, drinking in the tranquil bush setting.
The distinct smell of freshly baking bread lures you towards the entrance of this bakery in the charming town of Berry. A wood-fired oven pumps out Parisian-standard croissants and rustic fruit and nut sourdough breads. Be prepared to wait for a table as Berry Sourdough Bakery is a favourite among locals and tourists alike.
Ulladulla’s Cupitt’s Kitchen takes its food as seriously as it takes the wine cultivated on its estate. Set within the grounds of the Cupitt Winery, the restaurant offers diners views across rolling hills, wetlands and farmland. Dine on seasonal dishes influenced by the slow food movement but refined by French culinary techniques.