While madam checked into the Whale Motor Inn, the driver took a quick squiz at the on-site restaurant. All looked good with outstanding view, quality tablewear, interesting decor and a menu offering a good choice of product including seafood. An invitation to dine no where else that night.
The menu offers a choice of eight Entrees ranging from AUD11-16. Oysters natural 6 for $11- twelve $19 - cooked $13 & $22.
Eight Mains are offered ranging in price from $21 for Pasta to $28 for steak. A Seafood Platter for 2 people - $90. Dessert looked pretty inviting with a choice of five (average $9) & cheese plate $15.
Vegetarians are catered for.
There is a fair range of wines available priced from $25 to 75 a bottle. Champagne $90 & 120.
There is a choice of five white & four red wines by the glass for $7.
Although I did not check personally, there is probably access for wheel chairs as the motel has a unit with facilities for people with wheel chairs.
Favorite Dish: Chef, Peter Gallop's offerings were eagerly awaited and we were not disappointed. Madam chose two entrees rather than a main. She started with Twice Cooked three cheese & chive soufflé with matured cheddar, blue & grana padena cheeses in a creamy chive sauce $11.00.
He chose Oysters to start & for main the Confit of Yellowfin Tuna on sweet spud mash with rocket pesto. Madam's second course : Sesame Tempura King Prawns with a miso cucumber salad & a ponzu dipping sauce $16.00.
We chose to drink wine by the glass starting with a couple of 200ml bottles of Sir James Sparkling. I tried and enjoyed a local South Coast wine - Elysium Wines Rose - Mossy Point Winery NSW $26.00/bot or $ 7.00/glass.
Unusually, we were tempted by the dessert menu & shared Warm Apple Fritters with rhubarb compote & double cream $8.00 washed down by Miranda Golden Botrytis 2002 375ml $25.00 by the Glass $9.50.
All in all a most satisfying meal. I have no hesitation in recommending The Whale. As they say in the old Michelin Guides "worth a detour" to experience!
for an amazingly cheap lunch this is the place ! there is a varied menu and the prices are rock botton
the food is excellent, there isnt much in the way of ambience in the dining room, but for the price who cares ?
the restaurant is in the Sports club, but non members are welcome, you just have to sign in at the door
Favorite Dish: honey chicken with fried rice
noodle dishes are also available
Nell`s food is fantastic, the varied menu has international flavours and the portions are generous
there are sea views and a log fire, it is a very cosy intimate restaurant, but the thing we liked best was the menu, its written on a blackboard, not unusual, but the blackboard here is at leat 1.5 metres tall and is wheeled from table to table for you to make your choice !
Favorite Dish: we had prawns in a garlicky sauce, it was yummy