The Mediterranean Sea at Valentina
Imagine the scene. Imagine a beautiful dining room with a lot of sunlight. You are served a flatbread that is perfectly charred, oysters with finger lime, and a few small sardines. Your partner is drinking a pet nat, and you’re enjoying a negroni. Merimbula Lake can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Valentina is a Merimbula from Sydney restaurateurs. They’ve already won awards for the service style, interiors, and their creative and Italian-ish treatment of local Sapphire produce.
Enjoy fine dining in the vineyards of Mimosa Wines.
It’s not often that you can enjoy a fine dining experience in the middle of a 200-acre property. When you sit down at Mimosa Wines and look out over the Bermagui rolling hills and the picturesque vineyard, you’ll know how special this experience is. You’ll receive a menu featuring the innovative creations of Jan Semmelhack. This chef has worked in Michelin-starred European restaurants. This is a winery, so, of course, you can pair Semmelhack’s dishes, which have been awarded two hats, with Mimosa’s signature wines or other local drops.
Longstocking Brewery’s garden offers craft beers.
Do you know that feeling after a hike or a swim when you are 100% ready to relax? Longstocking Brewery caters to that exact feeling. The Pambula Microbrewery offers a rotating selection of beers. Look for the Specials Board for the freshest pours. Enjoy a beer and some wood-fired pizza with your friends, and then relax and listen to the soft music of local musicians. You can also swap the beer for gin and the theme for board games before settling in the lounge area of the garden. You can book a chauffeur to drive you home if you decide to go all out and drink a whole flight of beer.
The Heritage Hotel Australasia offers modern cuisine.
Hotel Australasia used to be known as Grand Old Lady of Eden. This makes sense when you consider that it was built in the year 1904. The recently renovated Eden is now known for its glamorous hotel rooms and Bistro. The bistro courtyard is a modern country pub, with its glamorously renovated furnishings and a menu that includes Neapolitan Pizzas, local seafood platters, and beef-fat-fried chips. John Hines is the hotel’s pub-deluxe bar. It has 12 tap beers on offer, a small cocktail list, and local and international wine. Circa 1904 is the venue’s fine dining restaurant and will open in April.
North of Eden Distillery offers a gin-making workshop.
North of Eden really means it when they say craft gin. This distillery in Stony Creek, only a 10-minute drive away from Bega, is all hand-made. The Portuguese copper still Jill is operated manually and heated by a fire. All the ingredients used to infuse the gin were either foraged or grown on-site. All of their bottles, including the unique oyster shells gin, have won awards at the largest international spirit competitions. North of Eden’s Gin School offers a three-hour workshop in which you can distill your gin and taste the entire range. You can also relax in the outdoor bar of the distillery with a G&T and a BYO picnic while enjoying the view over the green hills.
Visit the Sapphire Coast Oyster Trail
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Buy local produce at the market.
The quality and number of produce markets on the Sapphire Coast are proof that the farming culture has been firmly established. Bega Produce Market is a weekly Friday market that only sells produce from small producers in a 250km area. The Bermagui Growers & Makers Market is held on Thursdays and features local produce, freshly baked pies, local spirits, pantry items, and flowers. There are also seasonal or monthly markets on the coast. They’re all packed with locals. Here are the market schedules.
Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant serves oysters that are fresh from the sea.
You can easily walk the distance between Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant and Merimbula Lake to find Wheeler’s Oyster Farm. You can only get the freshest oysters by picking them yourself from Sapphire’s salty water. This Pambula establishment has been around for a decade. You can go all out with a seafood platter or sit at the bar and enjoy a box of fish and chips, your dog by your side.
Dulcies offers a wide selection of cheeseburgers and cocktails.
Valentina is the little sister of Dulcies. The burger bar and oyster bar is located in an old 1920s bungalow in Merimbula and shares with Valentina the same owners, as well as the same philosophy. Dulcies, however, have their personalities. Dulcies has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, while Valentina is stylish and innovative. Craft tinnies, cocktails, and tables in the sun of the courtyard are the order of the day. Burgers and drinks from the van at the back can be enjoyed with live music and water views.
Relaxed fine dining at Banksia Restaurant
Huw and Renee Jones, owners of Banksia Restaurant in Sydney, run a fine dining restaurant that is hard to find nowadays. It’s a Pambula restaurant with white tablecloths and a set menu. But it isn’t stuffy. Huw is in charge of the kitchen, where modern Australian and French dishes are beautifully plated. Both will stop by to chat at your Table. The Old Pambula Bank, a heritage-listed building, is also styled by the couple. It has bright, mustard-yellow interior walls and natural light. Indoor plants and indoor plants add to the relaxed atmosphere.
Boneless Vegetarian Cafe serves up a delicious brunch
Boneless, a colorful all-vegetarian café and coffee roaster in Berkeley, is philosophical about their work. Your meals will be based on local producers and health trends. The coffee is also roasted on-site.
Tidal offers a stylish dining experience in the neighborhood.
You’ll feel as if you’ve left the city after a delicious meal at a Merimbula restaurant, which is followed by a chat with the owner and executive chef. Tidal doesn’t have to be your typical neighborhood experience. Chef Gavin Swalwell advocates for sustainable seafood and promotes local farmers and makers. Tide to Table offers a seafood platter that allows you to sample the entire coast. You can also share a plate of local lamb and house-made bacon with your partner or salt and pepper calamari served with green mango.