With the growing popularity of the South Coast there are more and more cafes and restaurants on offer in Huskisson, Vincentia, and the surrounding areas.
Of course, when we’re asked, “Where would you recommend to eat?” we’re always mindful that this is somewhat subjective as it is biased by our preferences.
With that said… here goes.
Given our preference for plant-based food we are most commonly found at Pilgrims Cafe. They are a great team and have great coffee and a wide range of yummy, vegetarian food that they are happy to adapt for other requirements e.g. vegan, Gluten-free etc.
Next, there is a long-standing cafe called ‘5 Little Pigs’ which has consistently great food and coffee available. Darren, the owner, is a trained chef and has a great crew behind the scenes turning out some delicious meals.
Locals tip #1: Make sure you look up towards the ceiling where you’ll see a range of specials available. These change regularly and are often pretty creative!
Locals tip #2: These guys sell Berry Sourdough bread by the loaf – it’s delicious (and local)
Interesting Fact: The name 5 Little Pigs is based on the reality that Darren and his wife have five sons 😉
Next, still in Huskisson high street is Salty Joes. John and Tiff, the owners are Husky locals and have been an active part of the cafe and restaurant scene for a long time. Salty Joes tips it’s cap to Southern California and has a great menu with something for everyone.
Salty’s are also spreading their wings with world-themed dinner options and a vast selection of cocktails and craft beers. It’s never boring with these guys and you will always feel welcome.
Now, this next one is very much a ‘locals gem’… It’s called Dent Street and is slightly off the beaten track. The two ladies running it, Amanda and Jo, and simply delicious and have produced a menu that offers visitors a range of yumminess that is not available elsewhere!
This is a more relaxed approach to providing a very social way of having some food and coffee. Seating consists of milk crates and wooden benches. What more do we actually need?
Locals tip: If you like hot chocolate… ask Amanda to make you a hot chocolate with Macadamia milk. Absolutely divine!
Just 2km up the road from Sea Mist you’ll find a small shopping centre that forms the centre of Vincentia. There are a growing number of cafes, but the one that we can recommend is called Albert ‘n Miso.
These guys are serious about their food. So much so, they bake their own bread and roast their own coffee beans! The menu is great and the food fresh.
Locals tip #1: Their hot chips could be the best on the planet. That’s a massive call but it could, in fact, be true!
Interesting Fact: Vincentia was originally known as South Huskisson… We wish it had kept that name, it just feels a bit more quaint that way.
Whilst it is technically the ‘only’ cafe at Hyams Beach, the team at Hyams Beach Cafe does a great job. Whilst it (unfortunately) does not provide views of the beach itself, it’s cute decor and great food options make it worth a visit.
Locals tip: We often choose from their takeaway menu and go and sit on the beach to eat. It’s a cheaper and more fun way to go about life! Other times, we just like to go and kick back on their veranda and have a pot of tea on a sunny afternoon…
But what about evening meals?
That’s a great question…
As with the cafes, the following is biased towards our preferences but, in saying that, we’ve also included some generally accepted ‘local knowledge’ too.
We’re torn between Taj Indian restaurant which probably where you’d find us most regularly but we are partial top Pilgrims Cafe (see above) Mexican on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Taj Indian has been in Huskisson for almost two decades and is run by a father and son team. The food is fresh, delicious, and served with a smile. They are licensed but BYO is possible to. If you mention that we recommended you go there, they’ll look after you…
We’ve mentioned Mexican at Pilgrims already. It’s always a relaxed vibe, reasonably priced, and yummy food. It’s not ‘hardcore’ Mexican and, on that basis, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking to take things up a notch (or feel a romantic theme is required for the occasion) The Quarters is a great option. It has an interesting menu that changes regularly, a cool bar area if you fancy a pre-dinner drink and the whole place has a great vibe.
For the meat-eaters – Stonegrill in the main street takes their meat seriously. Tony, who has owned the restaurant for two decades or more is very particular about sourcing his beef. You have the chance to cook your own on a ‘hot rock’ or they have in-house chefs who can prepare other meals.
For something more casual, maybe sitting at Husky Wharf watching the world go by, then you have the ‘World Famous Fish and Chip’ shop on the main street. Whilst this is a massive claim… they certainly serve some pretty awesome fish and chips! Be warned, if it’s holiday season you could have a 40-60 minute wait – but they’re worth it!
There are more!! But, these are the ones that we can speak to…