By Oceana Setaysha
November 6, 2020 | 6 minute read
There’s something so magical about the Jervis Bay region. It has all the trappings of country Australia, with friendly people and welcoming local businesses, but it is located on some of Australia’s most jaw-dropping coastline. Exploring Jervis Bay is a treat for all the senses, taste among them. With that in mind, here are our favourite places to stop and fill your belly in Jervis Bay.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
If you’re looking for an eatery that delivers on style and substance, The Quarters will definitely make an impression. Located inside a century-old coastal cottage just off Huskisson’s main drag, The Quarters is spot with a seriously impressive reptuation. The eatery and bar offers visitors tasty specialty coffee and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner all week, with a menu full of locally sourced delights and a drinks list of the likes (and length) I’ve never seen. The folks at The Quarters are passionate about meat, seafood, wine, cocktails and beer, and boy does it show.
Hidden away in Huskisson Salty Joe's is just about the last thing you’d expect to find there: an eatery inspired by the beach and relaxed vibes of Southern California. The menu at Salty Joe’s serves up equal parts healthy trend foods and spicy hot Mexican fare at both breakfast and lunch (dinner menu forthcoming). Start your day with a smoothie bowl or breakfast with a Mexican twist. If you don’t quite make breakfast there’s quality burgers, salad bowls and a great drinks menu with international and local variety.
The 5 Little Pigs reckons they’re the happiest café on the planet, and we have to say we agree. Choosing breakfast or lunch here never fails to raise a smile amongst regulars and newcomers alike. Their menu spans everything from the traditional, like smashed avo and burgers, to the unexpected, like huevos rancheros and beef brisket waffles, and the coffee blend is nothing short of divine. For a true taste of Huskisson’s spirit, the 5 Little Pigs is an ideal place to stop.
Pilgrims is something unexpected but welcome in the Huskisson food scene: a vegetarian café. The Huskisson branch is actually one of three cafes in NSW, so you can rest assured these guys know what they’re doing. Their breakfast and lunch menus showcase the very best and creative vegetarian and vegan eats, with bright flavours and lots of stunning colour. Have a try of their lunch burgers and yummy pies, or stick around for dinner and drinks on Friday and Saturday, where Mexican is on the menu.
Smack bang in Huskisson’s main street you’ll find the Main Deck Café, a local institution popular among just about everyone. The Main Deck Café serves up some truly creative breakfast options, including tasty homemade bread and pillowy buttermilk pancakes, alongside the usual breakfast classics. The coffee blend goes down a treat, and there are a few different baked sweets to choose from. Oh, and did we mention it has incredible views of Jervis Bay?
A recent addition to the Huskisson cafe scene, Nutmeg serves up Aussie breakfasts and lunch with an international twist. The menu is exceptionally easy to navigate; with all gluten free and vegan options clearly labelled—a huge plus for anyone with dietary requirements!
With both sweet and savoury bases covered, the Nutmeg menu boasts gems such as red velvet pancakes and apple pie porridge, alongside a thyme mushroom brioche, smashed avocado and bacon croissant or a rich and hearty shakshuka. If you’re around for lunch; there are burgers, salads, dumplings and even a variety of vegan pies to choose from. Whatever your tastes, it’s clear that Nutmeg is rapidly becoming a must-visit on any weekender in Jervis Bay.
Situated just 100metres from Hyams Beach, this Beach Store & Cafe serves up everything from pastries and cakes to salads, heartier meals and and tarts. The cafe places sustainable practices and using locally sourced produce at the core of their purpose; all while bringing the little town to life each morning with an excellent cup of coffee.
The menu boasts classics like egg and bacon sandwiches, fresh fruit salad and eggs your way with a range of sides, alongside delights like brioche French toast served with banana, maple syrup and fresh ricotta, and an enticing-sounding breakfast trifle—boasting layers of Hyams toasted muesli, fruit compote and greek yoghurt.
Sometimes what you’re looking for is something pure and simple, the quintessential Australian pub experience. Well, that’s what you’ll find at the local Huskisson Hotel. It’s a break from the fast pace of city living, kicking back on a nice warm day with an all day menu packed with fresh, local produce. The Huskisson Hotel does food with a view, serving up their tasty pub meal offerings with a lookout over the stunning coast. Let us tell you, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Let’s diverge a moment and put in a good word about the local Huskisson Pictures. While the only food you can get there is popcorn and theatre favourites, it’s worth stoping in just to soak up the unique heritage of the building, which was constructed as a community hall by a local ship builder. Movies have been playing here since the early 1950s, and a recent renovation has kept the building (particularly the exterior) remarkably true to the original. It’s worth a visit for that classic movie feel, and the popcorn in the paper bags.
What ever your fancy - you'll find great food and friendly people to serve it to you in the Jervis Bay region.
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