Johno's at North Beach: Affordable fine dining
After a big day out of sightseeing and shopping with a friend, we went looking for somewhere to have a mid-afternoon glass of wine to end our perfect day. I found this place "Johno's at North Beach" and it did not disappoint. Easy to find and plenty of parking nearby, it was affordable and well presented. We only wanted a glass of wine, but had to order some food in order for them to serve us alcohol, so we just bought some garlic and herb bread!!! Prices here were very reasonable and menu selection looked delicious. I shall definitely be returning here for a meal in the not too distant future!
Nirand Thai @ Keira: Delicious Thai in a great atmosphere
Centrally located on Keira Street, only one block away from Crown Street you will find Nirand Thai. What I really loved about this place was that it was not busy, chaotic and noisy and we were able to have a lovely meal in quiet surroundings!
First visit here was November 2010, but I will be back I am sure of that. Reasonable prices, decent servings and good value for money meals.
This restaurant is licensed and BYO (Wine only) and there is no MSG added to meals!
Hours of trading are Lunch - Monday to Sunday from 11am-2.30pm
Dinner - Monday to Sunday from 5.00pm
There is another branch of Nirand Thai at Kiama - 31 Shoalhaven Street, Kiama.
Favorite Dish: My meal was Pad See Ew with chicken - stir fried wide noodles with vegetables, egg, black soya sauce and oyster sauce with chicken. Cost was $12.90 and it was DELICIOUS!!!
Piato Grand: Long lovely lunches
Meals at Piato Grand are not what I would call cheap .... but they are definitely lovely!
This Restaurant has a modern decor and a complimenting modern menu, and situated in downtown Wollongong in Market Street.
Favorite Dish: Today I savoured a meal of crumbed veal on feta mash with a rocket salad for $21.90 and it was absolutely scrummy. Ive also eaten their Chicken Caesar Salad, very nice as well.
A meal and a drink will cost between $20-$30 so I guess the prices are reasonable.
They also cater for Christenings, Cocktail parties, Christmas parties, Intimate weddings, and Corporate functions.
Mylan Restaurant: Cheap yummy Vietnamese food
Was taken to this restaurant for the first time last week, suggested by Anna, who is the Chinese boss of my travelling buddy, Tracy, and who also will be taking us both to Hong Kong in 2011!!!
Mylan is classed as a Vietnamese Restaurant, but also specialising in traditional Thai and Asian dishes. Specialities are soup, especially Pho Soup, noodles, rice and salads. Mylan is BYO and also has takeaway.
Price is extremely reasonable, with most meals costing $10 each or less. I ate a huge plate of rice noodles with chicken and vegetables for $10. Anna and Tracy had an enormous bowl of soup, I think they were both less than $10.
This restaurant is ALWAYS very busy, and you may have to wait a little while to get a table - BUT THE WAIT IS WORTH IT FOR SURE - I WILL DEFINITELY BE RETURNING!
This Restaurant has won "Asian Restaurant of the Year" 5 years running!
Favorite Dish: Rice noodles with chicken saucy stirfry $10.00
Vegetarian Fried Rice $8.50
Sizzling Beef, Chicken or Combination $10.00
Spicy Ginger & Basil with Beef, Chicken or Combination $10.00
Vietnamese mild Chicken Curry & Rice $10.00
Thai Red Curry with Rice & King Prawns $10.50
Laksa Chicken or Beef Soup $10.00
Pho Noodle Soup with Beef or Chicken $10.00
Wonton Oriental Noodle Soup $9.00
AS YOU CAN SEE, THE CHOICE FOR DISHES IS EXTENSIVE, DELICIOUS AND WELL PRICED! This is just a sample of dishes on offer, the actual Menu is much longer!
Food World Cafe: A cheapie!!!
Very basic restaurant. Nothing special here. Almost like card tables,and heaps of them with plain tablecloths. Nothing really special about the ambience whatsoever, but great for a cheap feed. I think this place is best for lunch to be honest! You wont need a booking...
Favorite Dish: Order anything from soups to the dishes. The food is simple, but good, and best of all its cheap!
Food World Gourmet Cafe: Cheap quick and absolutely delicious!
This restaurant has become a favourite of ours over the last 5 years or so. In a nutshell, its the only place we can go as a hungry group of 5 people, and get fantastic food and drinks for under $60! Its that simple. The food is typically asian, specialising in Won-Ton Soups, Noodles and Rice Noodles.
It is eat-in or take-away, we usually choose to eat-in, I think the servings are larger when you eat in! It is open Sun-Wed from 11am-8pm and Thur-Sat from 11.30am-9pm.
As I said the food is delicious and cheap, but more importantly, it is SO quick - you will have your meal usually within 5 minutes of ordering!
Favorite Dish: As a family of 5, we will usually order 5 different dishes and then all share from them. Our usual order always includes: Beef & Black Bean Sauce with Rice Noodles, Chicken in Oyster Sauce with Rice Noodles, Special Fried Rice, Honey Chicken with Rice and then we will choose one other dish. Individual meals range from about $8-$10 and the servings are HUGE.
Chef's Choice: First Class Asian
If its cheap, quick and delicious Asian youre after, then this is the place for you! Its very similar to Food World where we eat regularly, but I only ate here for the first time last week in January and it was very impressive. Its centrally located, huge selection on the menu, which is mainly Chinese, Cambodian and Thai, food is fresh and very very cheap.
The restaurant is also byo and is open 7 days a week, for eat in or take-away.
Favorite Dish: I had the Seafood Fried Rice Noodles (thick rice noodles are my super favourite!) and it was delicious and cost only $8.80 - what a bargain. Sue and I also shared delicious rice paper rolls, 3 rolls for $6.00.
Some other delicasies to try:-
King Prawn Noodle Soup $8.20
Laksa Combination Noodle Soup - $8.20
Chicken with Chinese Mushrooms - $7.80
Lemongrass Beef - $7.80 (Sue had this one)
Seafood Chow Mein - $8.80
Special Fried Rice - $7.50
Pad Thai fried noodles - $7.80
Almond Chicken $9.00
Pork Mince with Green Beans - $8.00
Ha Long Bay Vietnamese Restaurant: Authentic Vietnamese Flavours
For Bens family birthday dinner he chose this Restaurant, as it was recommended by a friend. The food was quick and delicious and reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was warm and cosy. For all of these reasons .... I will definitely recommended this restaurant.
This restaurant has BYO service for $1pp. Its open 7 days (but closed Sunday lunch) and has dine in and also takeaway service. Lunch times are from 11am-3pm and dinner times are from 5pm-10pm.
Favorite Dish: We had an entree of a spring roll and satay chicken skewer each. Ben chose the Crunchy Spicy Squid for $18 and I think it was the nicest meal as he shared some of it with us! Andrew had curry chicken for $14. Georgia chose Beef and Black Bean sauce for $14. Frank had combination stirfry with mixed vegetables for $14 and I chose the Chicken with Fresh snow peas and mushrooms.
Total bill came to $109.50.
Bombora Seafood: Great Fresh Seafood
Frank and I have been to this Restaurant twice, it is situated on Wollongong Harbour with great views to sit back and enjoy Wollongongs freshest seafood. Depending whether you view the glass as half full or half empty .... you can view this Restaurant as either inexpensive seafood or expensive fish 'n' chips!!! A meal here is on average $20, which I find to be quite reasonable for seafood with a view!
Bombora Seafood licensed and is open 7 days and open from 8.00am until late serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Favorite Dish: On our last visit here in May 2010, I had the lemon battered fish pieces with chips and salad costing $19.50 and Frank had the hot seafood basket for one costing $21.50 (I think). Both were filling and we feel that they represented good value for money.
Tullimbah Inn Seafood Restaurant: Old world charm
My husband Frank won an $80 gift voucher to use at this Restaurant, if it wasnt for that voucher we probably would not have eaten here, as it is about 35 k's from our house! However, the food was delicious, the atmosphere was ambient and the staff were attentive, so all in all, it was a great experience.
This Restaurant is an old farm house in Albion Park, which is about 30k's south of Wollongong. Easy to get to, but slightly out of the way, on the road that leads to Macquarie Pass and pretty much with nothing at all around it except for paddocks!!!
I would not really call this Restaurant a cheap eat out, but if you want to spoil yourself, then this is the place for you. They call themselves a Seafood and Steak Restaurant and it is licensed as well as BYO for bottled wines only.
They also cater for Christenings, Weddings, Business functions, Birthday parties, Anniversaries, Engagements and Group bookings, with the Restaurant catering for about 50 guests in total.
Favorite Dish: Our meal consisted of:~
Entree of scallops wrapped in bacon
Main for me of Chicken with avocado in a cream sauce
Main for Frank of whole lemon sole
And a VB Beer for Frank with water to me.
Total cost of $84.10, so we had to pay a whole $4.10!!!
I would say a meal of a main and a drink for each would cost around $25-$35 per person.
Caesar's Chicken Shop: Every Friday night is Chicken 'n' Chips Night!
For as long as I can remember, and certainly for the whole time we have lived where we are now and that is 17 years, EVERY Friday night is "Chicken 'n' Chips" night. I guess its the end of the week thing, YAY its the weekend, I cant be bothered cooking!!!
Caesar's is only about a 5 minute drive from our house (lucky for us!) and they always deliver freshly chargrilled chickens with a variety of sides for a value price. We usually get either a Big Meal Deal which consists of one chicken, a large salad and a large chips for about $25. Or we will get a Family Deal which consists of one chicken, a large chips, a large gravy, 6 chicken nuggets and a large bottle of coke for about $25. Both these meals are enough to feed 4-5 people, also with enough chicken left over to be the base of another meal the following night. I certainly call that good value!!!
Some of the delictable foods on offer include:
* Chickens, whole, 1/2 or 1/4
* Roast pumpkin and potato
* Chicken schnitzels by itself or in a burger
* Country fried chicken pieces
* Roast beef or pork, by itself or in a roll
* Curried chicken, Butter Chicken, Beef Stroganoff or Lang Rogan Josh
* Fried Rice, Lasagne or Creamed Potatoes
* Hot chips and Potato wedges
* Salads including greek, potato, tabouli, italian chicken, seafood supreme, thai beef, tandoori chicken, thai noodle and garden salads.
* Fresh fruit salad and triple berry yoghurt
* Rice pudding and Chocolate Mousse
Caesar's also have a catering service, making your special function or celebration a success and less stress for you!
Levendi: Best Fish 'n' Chips in the Gong
If you want good value fish 'n' chips with a view (and lots of seagulls!) then this is the place to go! This shop is right on Wollongong Harbour, and theres a little kiddies park right next door. Theres plenty of tables and chairs, and when its busy and they are all taken, there is plenty of grass, so just bring your blanket and sit down for a seafood picnic!
The menu here is long, with plenty of options, including salads, burgers, sweets and coffees. For the 2 of us, we will usually get a seafood cocktail pack and a couple of crab sticks and the cost is about $10 or thereabouts, dont quote me exactly on the cost, but its not much dearer if any.
But the best thing is that you just get to sit back and relax, enjoy your yummy fresh-cooked seafood and take in the atmosphere.
WARNING - DO NOT FEED THE SEAGULLS THOUGH!!! They have a tendency to get a bit viscious when provoked with food, and they also have been known to swoop down while you have a scrummy bit of fish in your hand and swipe it off you and fly away!!! And ... there goes your lunch!
Myra Cafe De Pide: Top class Turkish Pide
I discovered this amazing little place just soon after it opened, and I am so glad I ventured on in there. Its rather close to where we live, so nice and handy to stop in for a quick lunch. Selling mainly Turkish Pide in about 20 different varieties, all served with the yummiest tzakziki on the side. Meals are approximately $10, some going up to about $12. They also serve coffees and cakes and some breakfast options, but the Pides are simply the BEST!
Favorite Dish: Spinach and Feta Pide - YUM YUM - and only $10.
The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant: For the Perfect Day
The Lagoon is one of the best resaurant's in Australia. Won numerous awards including Best Tourism Restaurant 2006 & 2007. The Food is best quality seafood including King prawns, Local Lobsters, Queensland Mud crabs, Sydney rock oysters, local fish and Scampi from the deep oceans of Western Australian.
And the veiws are breath taking!!!
Favorite Dish: Queensland Mudcrab with ginger, chill & garlic - can not get any better!!!
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Baan Krua Thai: Central but often overlooked treasure
The food is amazing. I love the fresh flavours and full bodied characteristics of the thai food. The quality of ingredients sets it apart from many thai restaurants. Soft-shelled crab isn't something I have seen on the menu before and it was an amazing experience.
The ambience is very soothing with traditional thai music helping to create an oasis in the middle of the city. Baan Krua is across the road from Wollongong's strip of restaurants and is one of the best kept secrets of Wollongong cuisine. Unlike Monsoon and Mulan you are almost guaranteed great service and should not need to make a booking.
If you choose a table near the window you can look out over Keira Street and watch the people and cars go by.
Favorite Dish: Deep-fried soft shell crab with thai sauce - so tender and amazing texture makes this an experience not to be missed!
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