From the Zipzicle to Ceviche and a Summer Parfait, get your summer eating and drinking priorities right
1. The Zipzicle
Australian summers are all about the beach, the sun and Zooper Doopers. An Aussie icon, chances are you’ve still got a packet buried at the bottom of your freezer right now. If you have, however, outgrown the sickly sweet sugary flavours then best be dropping into SUSURU and checking out their Japanese inspired and more refined take on the Aussie version.
The Zipzicle is everything you loved about the Zooper Dooper just a little bit more grown up, think Honeydue Mint, Salted Watermelon and Yuzu-lime. SUSURU only have them on for a limited time so be sure to get in this summer and try them out.
2. That Tuna Poke
Lulu’s on Crown St are renowned for their collection of insanely good looking and deliciously tasting Breakfasts and Poke bowls. Healthy and flavoursome, it’s a win win!
3. Fresh prawns from the Coop
It’s an oldy but hard to overlook. Take a trip into the Newcastle Fish Co-Op to check out the catch of the day, grab yourself a 1kg, or more, of prawns and sit ocean or harbourside. Life’s good!
4. Tuna Ceviche w/ Ponzu
The team at The Basement know what to do with their Tuna. The fresh citrus-based flavours of the Ponzu gives the locally sourced Tuna a sensational twist.
5. The Kingfish Seafood Platter
One of Honeysuckle’s newest residents, The Kingfish are mixing quality seafood together with an ultra-laid back setting. The menu’s extensive but if you’re looking to go all out head straight to the Mixed Seafood Platter for 2. With a line-up of Oysters, King Prawns, Alaskan Crab legs, Moreton Bay bug, Chilli garlic prawns, Fried calamari rings, N.Z Hoki Fillets, Tempura King Prawns, Hand cut chips and more, it’s epic!
6. Japanese Cocktail
If you love your cocktails and are always up for something new when it comes to flavour combinations than Nagisa is your spot. This summer the team have introduced a range of Japanese inspired cocktails that bring some unlikely contenders together.
Like the Cherry Blossom which is a mix of Plum Sake, Umeshu Lime Cranberry Juice, or the Matcha Sake with Shochu, Gin, Matcha Powder, Elderflower and lemon or perhaps the Chi Haru which combines Umeshu, Yuzu and Grapefruit Bitter.
7. Lunch at Rick Steins
A summer eats list couldn’t not include lunch at Rick Steins restaurant at Bannisters Port Stephens. Rick Stein is known across the globe for bringing only the highest quality seafood to the table and now it’s right on our doorstep.
8. Shane’s Seafood
Over the last five years we’ve chatted to a long list of restaurants and café owners, and we’ve lost count of the number of times the name Shane has been dropped. That is Shane of Shane’s Seafood.
A legend in the seafood game, Shane’s daily drops of the freshest seafood from the Sydney Fish Markets are what make him the best in the biz. Now whilst it may be too late to order your seafood for this Christmas, keep your eye out for the soon to open Retail Shop ‘we hope’ anyway.
9. Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf
If you have a little extra time on your hands than take a drive to Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf. Perched over the Brisbane Water this award-winning restaurant is a Central Coast icon and has long had a reputation for working with only the freshest of seafood that is sourced direct from their own market. Whether you order takeaway fish & chips or dine-in in the recently rebuilt restaurant, you will be impressed.
10. The Waffle Boat
So even though the purpose of the Waffle Boat is all about being more responsible and avoiding single-use packaging, the guys at Lynch's Hub have managed to create something delicious and eco-friendly at the same time. Whether it’s a Granola Bowl or a Sundae, these little feasts also happen to come with some freaking good views.
11. A Summer Parfait
Not sure where to start with this one other than, it’s Perfection! The Autumn Rooms on Darby St always deliver and the Summer Parfait sets the tone for what is going to be a delicious summer with its Chai, Berries and Fresh Fruits it's a must try!
12. It’s the Summer of Gin
The botanical flavours of Gin just seem to start calling as soon as the temperature goes up. Whether it’s at your favourite bar, on your balcony or poolside there are a collective of local Gin flavours that you should be reaching for. From The Farmer’s Wife Gin in Allworth, to Murray’s East Coast Gin or Erina’s Distillery Botanica, they each put their own unique spin on their Gin and are worth sourcing for a taste.
13. Try a Blue Moon or Mango Smoothie from Pickled & Pressed
If you love quality smoothies and are fussy about all things flavour, temperature, consistency and presentation than we've just found your next smoothie destination. Pickled & Pressed at The Junction make the most insanely good tasting and gorgeous looking smoothies that are not only good for you but are friendly on the environment.
14. Tinshed Brewery
A summer eats & drinks list wouldn't be complete without some kind of mention of beer. For craft lovers on the hunt for a new brew, Dungog is where you need to head, to the Tinshed Brewery. Located in the main street of Dungog, the onsite microbrewery offers up a collection of flavoursome ales and a gastro pub styled menu making for the perfect day trip.
15. Snow Cone from the Snow Cone Hut
Who doesn't love a Snow Cone?! ok maybe this one's for the kids, but if you're into sweet, sugary, iced up flavours then Merewether's Akuna Cafe is where you need to go. The Snow Cone Hut opened its window just in time for summer along with a long list of flavours like Blue Bubblegum, Tropical Fun, Pink Cotton Candy and sour.
16. Watermelon Frosé at The Garage
For a more grown-up frozen experience, go the Frosé (frozen Rosé). Made using Watermelon Gelato and Rosé Wine, the Watermelon Frosé are too good to be true. Icy cold, smooth with a creamy watermelon twist you'll find these babies at Parry Street Garage. Don't let the summer pass by without at least sinking a few.