The Oysterbeds Good Food House: Oysters - compulsory eating
Our day trip to Coffin Bay from Port Lincoln was to have a look at the area but more importantly to eat the oysters for which it is famous. To do this we could not go past The Oysterbeds Good Food House..... OK! I’m lying. We went past the venue on our way to see more of the Bay but came back for lunch.
Situated on the Esplanade on the way into town, the Good Food House overlooks the water and provides both inside and outside dining areas with a fabulous view right across the road from the oyster growing beds. How good is that!?
By day, there is a café style menu and by night it’s a full-on a la carte experience. The promise of the House is fresh, local, top quality produce and they mention some of the products used : free range Berkshire pork, Tumby Bay Lamb, Coffin Bay Oysters, bluefin tuna, sea urchins, sand crabs, sardines and other fish from the pristine waters of the region plus locally grown olives, honey , pistachios and fresh herbs and vegetables.
What to eat for lunch? We consulted the blackboard menu which included:
Oysters: (price for 6 or 12)
Natural 11/20 ; Mignonette 12/22; Kampuchea Baked 14/24; Kilpatrick Rockerfeller 14/24; Balsamic&Lime 12/22
Wedge Island Sardines escabeche 14 or fried & aioli 15
King George Whiting 17/25 (entree or main)
Salt & Pepper Calamari 23
Caramelized Coconut Lime Prawns 18
Mussels & Chorizo Pot 21
There are other non- seafood options (chicken, burgers & snack type food).
The wine list is better than average with about two dozen whites ($22-45 per bottle) and two dozen reds ($24-68) on the list plus rose style and twelve sparkling wines ($25 – 118 for Bolly). You will find wine by the glass to suit your tastes (average $7.5 per glass). Most importantly there are wines produced locally so try some.
There is plenty of parking. There is wheel chair access and a toilet for disabled.
Open: Wed - Sat 10.30am - late. Sun 11am - 5pm (Winter Closure June to August).
Favorite Dish: Madam chose the King George Whiting and, preferring her seafood to have as little done to it as possible, had it grilled with a slice of lemon. She enjoyed her meal immensely as did the driver who opted for a dozen Coffin Bay Oysters Natural.
We drank Lincoln Estate Sav blanc/Chardonnay and a straight Chardonnay from Oyster Bay (NZ) by the glass. He felt obliged to try more Coffin Bay Oysters - "when in Rome" they say - so opted for some with the Balsamic & Lime sauce.
All in all : a top tasting lunch. We will be back when we stay for a day or two just to experience the a la carte evening dining experience.
review posted under Port Lincoln as Coffin Bay is not in the VT database.
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Sarin's Restaurant & Bar at the Port Lincoln Hotel: Tuna fresh from the sea
What better place to dine than the hotel in which you are staying.
One look at the indoor-outdoor dining area and the busy bar area and I was sold. No driving home after a bottle of wine….. plus the promise of good food. Yes!
As one would expect from a restaurant in Port Lincoln, Capital of Australian Tuna Fishing, seafood is high on the list of dishes available.
As well as a range of breads, dips & soup, starters include nine choices ($16 to 20) plus oysters done five ways ($15.5 for 6 - $26.5/12).
Mains include seven choices “From the Sea” ranging from Salt and Pepper Squid ($21.5) to Lincoln Seafood Platter (36 for 1 person:$69 for 2).
“From the Grill” - a range of steaks cuts and sizes ($25 - $33) served with vegetables or prawns.
There are other options – lamb, chicken, venison and goat shank curry. (average $28). Vegetarian options available.
You should be able to find a wine to suit your taste and budget as there is a wide choice by glass or bottle. Of interest are the Eyre Peninsular local wines : mainly reds but a couple of whites available. Priced $7 per glass or $33 per bottle.
In keeping with the millionaire reputation of Port, there are some very expensive Champagnes on the wine list (cheapest Moet @ $135). We mere mortals can, however, chose a good Aussie cold climate sparkling for $50.
Wines from better known South Australian Regions and from other states and NZ include 18 still whites ($28-60) and over 30 reds ($28-75). If that range does not please your palate, there is a beaut list of 45 “Directors Wines” in which all the famous Australian wine companies are represented. You can spend as little as $45 and as much as a thousand bucks.
Staff were attentive and the atmosphere lively.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
Favorite Dish: We could not dare to order anything other than local product from the sea.
She had King George Whiting Fillets - grilled & served with Asian Salad and fried new potatoes ($24). He started with a Seafood Tasting Plate ($17) followed by Main of Port Lincoln Blue Fin Tuna Steak – grilled rare on corn fritter with guacamole & wakame mayonnaise.($28).
As usual we avoided dessert.
Our choice of wine was a bottle of Jansz (Tasmania) Sparkling ($50) to celebrate our first night on the Eyre Peninsular.
All in all - an enjoyable meal.
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: Del Giorno’s Cafe Restaurant: Seafood Bliss
Del Giorno's is an award winning seafood restaurant on the waterfront in Port Lincoln. It offers breakfast lunch and dinner 7 days a week and provides an ideal haven to take coffee and cake between meals.
Del Giorno's reputation is based on its use of local fresh produce including:
Bluefin Tuna, Hiramasa King Fish, Coffin Bay Oysters, Wild catch King Prawns, King George Whiting, locally farmed Kinkawooka Mussels, Southern Calamari, locally farmed Prime SAMM Lamb, Wines from the local wineries, Olive oil from Olive Grove Estate. When you are making your menu choices keep those products in mind.
The restaurant has an Italian slant and the carte is laid out in Italian form and pasta, risotto and pizza feature. The choice is huge with all food categories (beef, pork, lamb, fowl & fish) listed in the main courses. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.
There is a better than usual wine list. Impressive given the low mark ups. The house wine is a white and a red from Seppelts $16 per bottle or $4.50 a glass.
There are 8 sparklings : $7 for a piccolo - under $30 per bottle for South Australian sparkling (French $100). Big range of beers - local and imported.
There is a choice of fifteen whites (12 by glass) and twenty-five reds (8 by glass) – bottle prices $25-35 & average glass price$6.50. Very affordable.
The staff were very accommodating and went out of their way to meet our seating requirements. We had coffee during the morning and seeing it was the weekend , booked a window seat for dinner.
Favorite Dish: We opted to drink wine by the glass, trying the local product.
Madam opted for two entrees and started with King Prawns atop a rocket and pear salad ($17) followed by Deviled Scallops served with steamed rice and a cream & chilli sauce ($16).
He started with salt and pepper Calamari ($14) followed by Arno Bay Kingfish Fillets , pan fried on chilled beetroot salad, roasted capsicum coulis and chargrilled lemon ($23).
We shared bits of each meal and rated it excellent seafood. A most enjoyable evening.
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