By Nicole West
September 9, 2020 | 4 minute read
The Ruse, Ulladulla
Among the white sandy beaches, lush national parks and charming towns of the South Coast is a mouth-watering dining scene that begs to be explored. Next time you’re out and about looking for somewhere new to dine, pop into one of these top foodie venues and give your taste buds a treat. The Shoalhaven region is recovering from the recent bushfires and weekend breaks here mean your hard earned tourist dollar goes towards the efforts.
* 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.
Surrounded by abundant farmlands, Milton offers gourmet experiences on a backdrop of countryside that’s perfect for bushwalking. It’s also a heritage town and the newly renovated Milton Hotel is among the historic streetscapes.
There’s something for everyone here, with a wine lounge, a dining room and the all-important classic public bar. Plus, they have their own craft beer label, Dangerous Ales, on tap. On the menu, there’s everything from fire roasted garlic butter king prawns to potato anchovies and onion pizza, and summer trifle.
With surfing, diving, paddle boarding and wonderful walks, there’s plenty of action to keep you hungry in Ulladulla. You’ll make the most of picturesque harbour views at The Ruse.
Central American flavours take centre stage here, with tacos for five dollars on Tuesdays and wine featured on ‘Why Not Wednesdays’. Book a table near a window and choose from tasty dishes like lamb barbacoa, jalapeno poppers and yummy churros, all washed down with an extensive beer, wine and cocktail menu.
Bunya Wholefoods, Vincentia
With a 1000L brewhouse and a beer production capacity of 8000L, you’ll certainly find a brew to suit you at Jervis Bay Brewing Co. Head brewer, Oisín, comes from Ireland but - understandably - fell in love with Jervis Bay and relocated to practice sustainable brewing methods.
With an outdoor beer garden, you can take your furry friend out for a drink here and food trucks like Fat Cat Burgers and NOMAD Kitchen & BBQ keep the hunger pangs away in a delicious way.
Vincentia rests on the shores of beautiful Jervis Bay Marine Park, with white sand beaches, fantastic snorkelling, playgrounds and picnic areas. Speaking of which, drop into newly-opened Bunya Wholefoods to pick up some yummy organic snacks for your basket.
You’ll find delicious local honey, nuts, dried fruits and teas, along with plastic-free lifestyle products such as stainless steel containers, silicon bowl wraps, bamboo toothbrushes and cotton produce bags.
The Hungry Monkey, Berry
With Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays and half price meals for kids on Wednesday and Thursday, any time is a good time to pop into Mexican Cantina on Queen, in the lovely village of Berry. Get your Mexican food fix with eggplant and hummus quesadillas, chilli con carne and fish or pulled pork tacos. For dessert, tuck into house-made churros.
While you’re exploring Berry, head to Prince Alfred Street where The Hungry Monkey recently opened a second restaurant. Just like the scrumptious menu in Kiama, you can pop in for brekky and an orange blossom hotcake, a magic mushroom burger for lunch or pan seared salmon for dinner.
Shoalhaven’s first craft distillery brings the Irish traditions of music, dance and a love for a good dram to the district. Book into Tara Distillery for a tasting of products using Australian grains and botanicals, with inspiration taken from classic single malts and pure pot still whiskey. The handcrafted gin, vodka and whiskey are produced in copper pot stills with pure harvested rainwater.
Along with new additions to the South Coast foodies scene, everyone’s favourites like Rick Stein at Bannisters, Cupitt’s Winery and the ever-popular Huskisson Hotel are waiting to tempt your senses on your next foodie escape.
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