I spotted this in Green Poppy, a small store in Shellharbour Village that has a large range of epicurean delights and knick knacks. I spotted this Chipotle sauce, something that we have been looking for a while. It was de-licious on the beer-battered chips from the 'fish of the day' meal we ate at Ocean Beach hotel.
Green Poppy is just up the hill from the hotel and stocks the Maggie Beer line as well as the Pure Gelato range that I haven't seen since we left Keiraville. A treasure trove for those who like good food.
With such a lovely beach view fish of the day ($21) was the only logical choice. The fish of the day was flathead, one of my favourite fish and it was very sweet and flavoursome. The chips were beer-battered and delicious, as was the salad which included thin strips of freshly cooked beetroot, rocket, carrot and tomato. Not a slice of capsicum to be found, which was a nice surprise!
A prawn was added as garnish and whilst the photo shows some tartare sauce in a scallop shell we also indulged in the OBH' own seafood aioli made of garlic, cream, lemon and lime juice - divine!
What more can you ask than a great view, lovely weather and good food. Another great dining experience with the Ocean Beach Hotel.
Warilla hotel's bistro menu just keeps getting better and better! Located just next door to Warilla Grove shopping center. Why not enjoy a nice meal after shopping or while your other half is cruising the aisles looking for specials. I dare you to eat the chilli flower garnish ;)
$11.95 with chips and salad
Alternatively, try a Gourmet Meat pie - home made meat pie in a ceramic bowl with big chunks of beef with a lovely gravy and a tasty crust.
Or try the basket of Chilli Fries for $3.95. Try to stop at just one!
Shellharbour is one of my favourite spots in the Illawarra. Only an hour and a half from Sydney (100km) and half an hour south of Wollongong, it has a lovely seaside village feel with gourmet food and speciality shops certain to please.
It was my birthday and I was celebrating with friends and family. We decided to try out the new Thai restaurant that had opened across the road from the Ocean Beach Hotel and the harbour. I love the fresh flavours of thai food and when I saw that mussells were on the menu I just had to try them. And thankfully I wasn't disappointed!
Mussells Hotpot ($15.90) Tender, juicy mussels in a hotpot with basil, lemongrass, chill and sweet chilli sauce. Amazing! Mussels can often be overcooked and chewy or stringy but these just melted in the mouth and the juice was so good not a drop went to waste.
The next dish selected was Pad Kra Tium ($14.90) - Stir fried pork with garlic sauce, mushroom soy, dark soy and pepper. It was a very light meal for someone who had requested nothing too heavy and again was cooked to perfection. This is another favourite meal that will be purchased again.
Next was a meal for our curry lover, masaman curry (mild) with cubes of beef with potato, onion and peanut curry gravy. I had a taste of this meal and the flavours of peanut and a mild curry flavour were very pleasing. This is my favourite thai curry dish and great for diners who have trouble with the spicier curry meals.
Musman curry $14.90
Last was my Mum's seafood salad
Seafood Salad ($19.90) Steamed seafood cooked with red onion, fresh chilli, cucumber, lime juice, mint & cherry tomato
Lovely fresh flavours of the mint, cucumber and live affording a cooling zesty feel to this dish. The seafood included mussells, squid, prawns, fish and scallops and was cooked to perfection. Another favourite dish that pleased my seafood loving family.
And a delicious Fried rice for everyone to share
The service at the Harbour View Thai was fantastic. Our waitress kindly allowed me to photograph her by the specials board. I love the vibrant colours of the decore and the view just can't be beat.
7 Addison Street Shellharbour, NSW2529
(02) 4297 7033
Shellharbour is easy to get to from Sydney along the Grand Pacific Drive and Sea Cliff Bridge
Chocoholics unite! My Chocolate Shoppe is the place to go. You simply won't be able to resist their selection of handmade chocolates. Relax at the Chocolate Cafe and enjoy a hot chocolate made from Belgian chocolate.
My Chocolate Shoppe Formerly in Shellharbour Village, new address is:
Each year I look forward to Viva La Gong festivities and this year's favourite event was the Wollongong Multicultural Fest (October 2008). One of the many food stalls featuring fare from all over the world was Tamarind Tree Curries.
Tamarind Tree Curries stallkeepers
I was feeling rather peckish and settled on a Spicy Rice with Daal and Spinach Curry which, with a little seasoning of salt and pepper, was delicious. It was full of flavour and not too heavy like many curries I have eaten. It was served with some Roti (Sri-lankan bread that was very tasty and great to dip in the curry sauce.
The smells of the stalls were heavenly and as I waited to be served I took some photos of the display of authentic herbs and spices.
A photo journal by Vanessa Pike-Russell. Focused on food in the Illawarra Region. The Illawarra is the area just south of Sydney and north of the South Coast of New South Wales. I believe in promoting local businesses and enjoy sharing my food journey with you.