The Mercure Resort’s Bella Char restaurant has been serving acclaimed cuisine since the property’s rebrand, with a list highlighted by Australian baked scallops ($19), fresh prawns (250g for $18), beef fillet ($39), braised lamb shoulder ($35) or baked barraumundi with grilled scampi, jumbo prawn, ouzo garlic butter and herb leaves ($39). With the wines, keep it local and order the Coolangatta Estate Chardonnay – save a glass to enjoy with the banana doughnuts, served with milk chocolate ganache, salted caramel semi freddo and crushed honey popcorn. Save room! Address as above.
Grab a takeaway cappuccino from the Gerringong Deli and Café, well known for its sandwiches, homemade pies and pastries (grab a lemon tart for the drive home). 133 Fern St, Gerringong 2534. 02 4234 1035.