The Coffs Coast region is well known for an abundance of seafood and fresh local produce.
Perched on the Kalang River, just below the old Pacific Highway bridge, Anchors Wharf Café at Urunga is an ideal spot for a seafood lunch or dinner. The kitchen at Anchors Wharf houses some of the finest seafood cooks around. If seafood isn't your thing, you can still indulge in an extensive menu that might inspire all tastes.
Park the car by the river nearby (or across the road) and head through the main entrance to be greeted and guided to your seat on the deck.
The deck is cosy and warm in winter while open and airy in the warmer months. Sit and watch fishermen putter by in their small boat as you browse the menu and indulge in a glass of wine, beer, spirits, maybe a cocktail, or one of the massive selection of soft drinks, juices, smoothies, coffees, teas and frappes.
On our visit, we began with Oysters (Kilpatrick and natural). The Kilpatrick dressing is plentiful while the oyster underneath is the perfect consistency. The duck spring rolls are huge and come with a generous salad on the side.
For mains, we ordered a steak sandwich and marinated lamb rack (from the amazing specials menu).
The steak sandwich is a quick cook scotch fillet in a Turkish roll with fries on the side. Like a traditional steak sandwich - but on Turkish bread - it's a hearty and reliable choice. The lamb rack is presented as juicy cutlets resting on steamed greens and a crispy cake of dauphinoise potato. The celeriac onion puree livens things up while the indulgent chorizo jus polishes the dish up nicely.
The kids were super happy with their fish and chips which appeared to be a level above the usual kid's fare. There's a huge array of cakes and sweet treats for dessert but we were too full to consider them - sorry about that.
The team are friendly and fast. The setting is brilliant. They make dealing with pandemic-related requirements and restrictions work smoothly for everyone.
If you're making the trip between Sydney and Brisbane, Urunga is an ideal halfway point to stop for lunch. If you're enjoying a stay in the Coffs Coast region, Urunga is easily accessible via the Pacific Motorway. Why not try Anchors Wharf Café and see why it's one of the area's most popular restaurants?
Anchors Wharf Café is open for breakfast too! They're open at 8 am every day for breakfast and lunch until 2 pm and every night for dinner during holidays (call first for details - bookings recommended).