Tea Gardens is really a small town, so exploring the town centre took us barely an hour. But that’s also what makes this quaint little town special and charming. It was as if you knew each corner of the town within a few hours of being there, and felt a sense of closeness to it. We loved the quiet walks down the pier, watching the sun set and also the bright moon at night. On our first evening there, we parked our car near the pier and walked around the small town hunting for food. It didn’t take us long to finally decide on Waterfront Restaurant and Bistro at the Tea Gardens Hotel Motel, since Saucer was in the mood for steak.
Bright full moon at the pier
We were there pretty early and the restaurant was not open for business yet. So we took a walk up and down the waterfront and admired the bright moon that was out before 6pm. By the time the restaurant was open, we were one of the first ones there. Saucer had a glass of stout to warm himself up after the cold walk.
A stout for the cold night
After looking through the normal menu and the specials board, we decided to go for the specials instead. Most restaurants in Tea Gardens have their Specials menu which are rotated daily, making these items more attractive. Saucer had the Viking Cutlet, which was something we had never tried before. Apparently, it is a premium cut of beef, which is a scotch fillet on a bone. It was done medium rare and according to Saucer, one of the best steaks he’d ever had! It was BBQ-ed to a charred finish on the outside while the inside remained tender and juicy. He also liked the variety of vegetables on the side, which was a different mix to the usual lettuce and spinach. In fact, he loved this steak so much that he wanted to come back again the next night, but we didn’t because it was my turn to pick then.
Viking Cutlet with vegetables (AUD$25)
Since I couldn’t eat anything raw that time, I opted for the Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom pasta, which came in a generous portion. It was cooked al dente with plenty of chicken pieces within. The sauce was creamy and very fragrant, but could be a tad too heavy. Thankfully I didn’t feel guilty eating that since I had the excuse for eating for two then.
Chicken, bacon and mushroom pasta (AUD$18.50)
Our first dinner at Tea Gardens
Dining environment at the Waterfront Bistro was nothing too fancy. It was dimly lit and well-heated, providing the much needed comfort from the winter night. Somehow, the weather up north was much colder! If we happen to drop by Tea Gardens in the future, this would definitely be one of the places we’d revisit, if only for the Viking Cutlet. Hopefully it would still be on the Specials board then!
Dining environment at Waterfront
Waterfront Restaurant and Bistro
Waterfront Restaurant and Bistro at Tea Gardens Hotel Motel
Cnr Maxwell St & Marine Drive
Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Phone: (02) 4997 0203
Fax: (02) 4997 2453