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Published May 23rd 2013
Lovely Seaside Views
When I was in Tumby Bay on a weekend getaway, I had the opportunity to dine at the Ritz Cafe during its opening launch. The locals told me that the cafe was just recently bought over and the new owners had renovated and revamped it to the cafe it is today.
The new owners did a brilliant job of having the cafe open up to the amazing seaside views. The glass walls let in a lot of natural sunlight which makes everything really pleasing to the eye. Natural sunlight has a tendency to brighten things up.
We opted for al fresco dining, even though it was a bit chilly and windy outside because who can pass up a chance to enjoy a lovely seaside view? The outside dining is about a mere 50 metres away from the sea. There's just this amazing contrast between the green grass and the blue of the sea that leaves you with this content feeling.
As this was a seaside cafe, it's only reasonable to assume that their seafood must be really good. I went with the good old fish & chips.
We got the crumbed King George Whiting, which are supposedly Tumby Bay's specialty as the waters are rampant with the fish. Absolutely fresh; you can almost taste the sea. I love that they have the crumbed option (not the healthiest type, but deliciously crunchy). I haven't seen too many places that have crumbed fish & chips; usually it's the grilled or beer-battered combination that is most common.
I'm not sure why my partner didn't share my same sentiment about ordering seafood when you're at the sea; instead he ordered a chicken burger. It was definitely less impressive than the fish. I'm not sure if the cafe meant to break the stick on purpose but it is rather unappealing to have your burger come out with a pointy stick angled at a 90 degrees angle towards you. I chided my partner for ordering this because it was dry and the portion was underwhelming.
Overall I was quite pleased with my dining experience here because of the great view, the great service and the great seafood. However, I did find the prices to be quite expensive with not so satisfying portions.