Harbour View Thai – Shellharbour Village

Shellharbour is one of my favourite spots in the Illawarra. Only an hour and a half from Sydney (100km) and half an hour south of Wollongong, it has a lovely seaside village feel with gourmet food and speciality shops certain to please. It was my birthday and I was celebrating with friends and family. We…

Crooked River Winery Cafe

Today we visited a lovely winery just outside of Gerringong NSW Australia on the winery tour with club46 ( www.club46.com.au ). Our winery tour ticket included three wineries (Coolongatta Estate, Two Figs and Crooked River Winery), a sumptuous lunch including a starter of bread and semi dried tomato butter, a choice of four mains and…

Rump steak with dianne sauce from Warilla Sports Club

Rump steak with dianne sauce, served with vegetables, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. Can you believe this large piece of rump steak only cost $7? Alternatively, you could try the Rump Steak with salad. Warilla Sports ClubMcGregor Avnue,Barrack Heights Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Seafood platter for one at Ocean Beach Hotel

Another birthday celebrated at Shellharbour’s Ocean Beach Hotel.This time it was my Sister’s birthday and since she loves seafood (like her big Sister) we decided to share the seafood platter for one. Luckily it is enough to feed three, as was evident when I ended up taking a third of it home with me. My…

Tandoori chicken salad from Emeralds

Tandoori chicken salad, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. TANDOORI TENDERLOIN SALAD $12.90Slices of Chicken Supreme Marinated in Tandoori Spices Tossed with CrispMesculan Leaves, Drizzled with Garlic Aioli Sauce and Mango Chutney I had spied this dish on the menu on my last visit and I was not disappointed. The tandoori marinade had lots of flavour,…

Windang Thai Gardens restaurant

Windang is a lovely little seaside and lakeside village on the border of the cities of Shellharbour and Wollongong. It is a popular destination with Sydneysiders who are attracted by the views and fishing spots. It is also the location of the Thai Gardens restaurant where we had a lovely lunch. Entrees included: Chicken Satay…

Wednesday night is Schnitzel night at Emeralds Restaurant, located at

Wednesday night is Schnitzel night at Emeralds Restaurant, located at Warilla Bowling Club, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. What a feast! Tonight I had Chicken Schnitzel with mushrooms and a creamy sauce. A glass of wine accompanied the meal at $13 price tag. The view from the window of Emeralds was stunning, overlooking Warilla Beach…

Shellharbour: La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant

A little bit of Spain in the seaside village of Shellharbour, an hour south of Sydney and one of New South Wales’ best kept secrets. La Marina spanish restaurant was the venue for Stan’s 51st birthday and Australia Day celebrations.   Free almonds   PARILLADA DE MARISCOS (Min. 2 persons) 36.00pp BBQ’d seafood platter. A…

Melbourne: Restaurant Review: Post Mao Cafe

Walking down Little Bourke Street in Melbourne is quite an experience. We were greeted by a hostess from the Post Mao Cafe, aka Chairman Mao’s Unique Chinese Cuisine. Specialising in Hunan cuisine, their chef‘s master chef is 93 years old and used to cook for Chairman Mao Zedong. The waitress showed us the menu, pointing…