I always find it difficult to stay inside and work when it is a gloriously sunny day outside. Add that I had been given a gorgeous convertible to drive for a few days, I just had to grab a girlfriend and head out on the highway for a girls lunch.
Anchors Wharf at Urunga was our destination, it has a reputation for serving delicious fresh seafood dishes and is located on the water only 25 minutes south of Coffs Harbour.
There is something very naughty about sneaking away from “the grind” mid week, and being in a convertible meant we felt we needed a “Thelma & Louise” moment!.
I’d like to say we arrived at Anchors Wharf with some of the silliness out of our system but I don’t think that would be exactly true. Nevertheless, we made our way out to the deck so we could sit in the sun and admire the view over the Kalang river.
Anchors Wharf has a lovely range of wines on offer. Considering we were “escaping” the routine of a normal weekday it seemed only natural that we select a wine.
We both like whites from the Marlborough region in New Zealand so we settled on “The Pass” Sauvignon Blanc from Vavasour , Marlborough NZ. It was a lovely cool, crisp white wine with beautiful fruit flavours and tropical, floral aromas on the nose. The wine had just the right balance of residual sugars and flinty finish to please us both.
When dining on a river it seems “a must” to order oysters. We chose the most elaborate oysters on the menu, they were aptly named Oyster Extravagance. Six larger Bellinger river oysters were topped with prawn, creamy avocado, hollandaise sauce and cheese before being oven baked and served with a large salad. It was such a rich, lush way to enjoy the oysters. They were completely filled with the prawn and avocado and a squeeze of lemon made them some of the most generous and decadent oysters I have experienced.
My partner in crime… I wonder if she is going by the name Thelma or Louise??? Anyway, my gorgeous dining companion chose the Thai Prawn Larb, which comes in entree or main size. The BBQ prawns were deliciously smokey and had been marinated in a spicy mixture before being tossed through the Asian style salad. The dish was full of fresh Thai flavours such as coriander, lime, chili and ginger and had just the right level of heat and crunchiness.
I chose my dish from the chef specials board. The fresh King Prawn Salad is served with a crispy, sweet corn fritter and topped with a rocket and avocado salad. It’s then dressed with a tangy citrus vinaigrette and served with a homemade cocktail sauce. I always look forward to summer for these fresh and tasty salads.
The problem with running away, is that eventually you do have to return to reality… unless you truly are “Thelma & Louise.” So although we were very content to sit and drink wine, watching the world and the water float by, before too long it was time for one last spin in the convertible, and home.
Anchors Wharf Restaurant
4-6 Bellingen Street, Urunga, NSW 2455
Ph: 02 6655 5588