It was a gorgeous Spring day, queues were long and all tables were filled. We time it right and get one of the best seats in the house – in the shade and overlooking the wharf (and away from all the seagulls!)
Lots of hungry humans!
Mornay Oysters $3 each
The boy just couldn’t help himself and got us a mornay oyster each. Steep at $3 a pop but let me just say it was worth it!
1 dozen Port Stephens Oysters, freshly shucked $19.90
I’m not the biggest fan of fresh oysters but I have to say, these are some darn good oysters. I prefer these over the ones at the Sydney Fish Market. Huge call, I know!
So Fresh, So Clean
I had no problem downing 3 of these babies, and that’s a lot for me!
Blue Water Platter for Two $46.90
Included on this delicious platter – 4x Sydney Rock Oysters, 4x fresh local king prawns, bbq’d octopus, salt & pepper squid, 2x jumbo prawn cutlets, 4x calamari rings, 4x local fish cocktails served with chips and lemon.
Does it taste as good as it looks? Even better. The batter used at Bubs is spectacular – golden, crispy, so light and no taste of excessive oil. You could barely tell it was deep fried which made it all the more amazing. Was it the best fish and chips I’ve had? Fish, absolutely – it smashed the ball out of the park; the chips – crunchy and fresh but nothing out of the ordinary.
The oysters and local king prawns were as fresh as fresh could get. The bbq’d octopus were cooked very well along with a somewhat sweet and spicy marinade. The salt and pepper squid were very lightly battered so the squid was the star of the show. The prawn cutlets utilised real prawns with that smashing batter and same goes with the calamari rings.
The Boy and I finished this plate off with ease. All that deep fried goodness could have you fooled because it actually felt relatively light, surprisingly. Using top notch seafood and having a super batter really does make all the difference!
L to R: Tartare, Cocktail & Coriander and Mint Sauces $2 each
Bub’s Famous Fish and Chips surely does live up to it’s name and even exceeded my expectations. I can see why it is labeled as NSW’s Best Fish and Chips. It sure is the best (battered fish) I’ve had. No really, that fish, just wow. The words can’t even come out of my mouth properly it was that good. A place to recommend to anyone visiting Port Stephens – you will not be disappointed!
Bub’s Famous Fish and Chips
1 Teramby Rd
Nelson Bay NSW 2315
Tel: +612 4984 3917
After lunch it was time for some dessert!
We pass a convenience store which had a massive Connoisseur poster shop front. Let’s just say its marketing was a success because it won me over.
I couldn’t go passed the Murray River Salted Caramel with Macadamia covered in premium milk chocolate. It had to have been one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had – absolutely loved the salted caramel swirls within the ice cream and the macadamia nuts in the chocolate coating was a genius idea! I seriously need a tub of this at home for my own personal stash.
We spent the rest of the afternoon fishing at the d’Albora Marinas in Nelson Bay. As it was our first time fishing our friends gave the Boy and I had a briefing for about 40 minutes before doing it ourselves. About 2.5 hours later….
.. I caught a fish! Don’t be fooled, that fish you see is only a whopping 10cm long. Regardless of it’s size, I was so proud! It was so exhilarating! Can you tell by the huge smile on my face? haha
I now leave you with a few panoramic photos taken from my iPhone 5.
The early morning view from our hotel room at Anchorage Port Stephens in Corlette
This was just on the other side of the wharf from the photo above
A neighboring beach
We were blessed with fantastic weather on our little getaway to Port Stephens. A much needed and deserved R&R weekend away, with some of our favourite people. Quiet, relaxing and serene is what it was. Sometimes that is just what we all need every now and again.