Starfish Deli - Batemans Bay, South Coast NSW
Batemans Bay is a holiday and lifestyle place, attracting visitors and residents of all ages - and an easy going, popular joint is the Starfish, with its many tables, split level floors and its open glass views of the Clyde River and its iconic bridge that links both sides to north and south. For the first time in as many years I found the Coke Spider (photo above), full with foamy ice cream kick and the essential combination with a soft drink that is still holding its spell after a long time.
The place was chock a block during my visit to Starfish, but the staff were coping well despite this busy Sunday night. The menu is family friendly. I did find my serving of pork belly a tad rich in fat, but the good blend of gravy made up for this, reminding me of Thai and Vietnamese influences. Many groups had converged at this deli cafe restaurant that evening - and it was also popular at lunch time. Its casual and holiday feel have struck a chord with its guests. I would like to try its wood fired pizzas, seared scallops and Greek salads on my next potential visit. Its specialty is the rock oysters harvested locally. the presence of haloumi, bruschetta and cured meats reveal influences from another sea, another place. I also recommend the seafood shared platter. Bon appetit!