Spending the day along the shores of Cleveland's Raby Bay is always a highlight for our entire family. There's a great playground for the little one to explore, plus plenty of lovely spots to swim, walk and generally laze about. But the one thing that really sets Raby Bay apart from other Brisbane bayside destinations would have to be Samson Fish Seafood.
Overlooking the peacefully picturesque Raby Bay Harbour, Samson Fish Seafood is not your typical fish and chippery (although, that said, it does still serve up classic offerings such as Chiko rolls, potato scallops and seafood sticks). As well as offering an extensive takeaway menu, it makes the most of its waterside location with a large eat-in menu.
Guests can enjoy a hearty meal at one of the many wooden tables either inside or outside the cafe. The size of the tables are perfect for large groups, and high chairs are available for younger diners. You can even pair your seafood meal with your favourite wine, as the cafe is BYO. The terrace area is covered, however it can still get a little warm on particularly hot and busy days.
Although the eat-in options emerging from the kitchen are always nicely presented (on crockery plates no less) and look mouth-wateringly good, our toddler's refusal to sit still for too long makes takeaway our preferred option. Last time we stopped by the eatery, we opted for a combination of fish cocktails and calamari rings plus a small serve of chips.
Once our food arrived (in pretty quick time considering how busy they were), we carried our little wrapped parcel the handful of metres to the adjoining Raby Bay Harbour Park. We picked out a nice shaded patch of grass and wasted no time tucking into the piping hot food.
The calamari was particularly delicious, the chips were thick and crunchy, and the fish cocktails even got the thumbs up from my usually-fish-hating husband. The only thing we'd change next time would be to upgrade to a large chips, as the small size isn't really sufficient for two adults and a chip-obsessed two-year-old.
Samson Fish Seafood is open seven days for lunch and dinner, making it the perfect destination for when that fish-and-chip urge strikes. The restaurant has plenty of off-road parking, and the Cleveland train station is only metres away if you're taking public transport.