The Stunned Mullet

Like an upmarket beach house... The Stunned Mullet.
Like an upmarket beach house... The Stunned Mullet. Photo: Supplied

24 William St Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

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Opening hours Mon-Thu 12:00 – 2:00 PM 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Fri-Sat 12:00 – 2:00 PM 6:00 – 9:30 PM,
Features Accepts bookings, Licensed, Views, Outdoor seating, Private dining, Wheelchair access, Family friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian friendly, Bar, Events
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef David Henry, Michael Urquhart
Seats 90
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 6584 7757

Never mind the locals who delight in calling this place The Stunned Wallet, it's one of Port's picks on the food map. The northerly outlook straight up Town Beach is hard to beat, the room's blond timbers and beachy blues reflecting the setting. And while guests may be lulled by the views and the warm, polished service, there's some serious effort being put in by the kitchen. The classic pairing of pork belly and scallops never leaves this menu and little wonder, they've nailed each component, teaming it with crunchy green papaya shreds. Patagonian toothfish makes a rare, exotic appearance, a soy and mirin stock and bean sprout shiso salad supporting the creamy-fleshed white fillet. Passionfruit curd tart provides all kinds of oral fun with pop rocks, raspberry sherbet and a bubbly toffee crisp. The mullet's not the only one stunned.

And … The fries with chipotle mayo are pretty darn good. 

Upmarket beach house.
Best bit Menu balances technique with rustic comfort.
Worst bit Tables with the best view can get a bit hot.