Updated: January 2019

The Reef Restaurant, Terrigal

One of my goals this year was to see more of Australia and blog about it, that has only slightly happened, so instead, I’ve ventured even closer to home and am going to start to share with you the beauty of my hometown The Central Coast! Now, what better way to start the showcase than with a review of Terrigal’s most iconic, The Reef restaurant!

The Reef Restaurant is located at Terrigal Haven, overlooking the stunning Central Coast beaches. Immediately you are greeted with fresh interiors, beach wood timber flooring and floor to ceilings glass showcasing the northeasterly view. I prefer my date night to be a date day as the lighting is much nicer for photos ūüôā So we decided to opt for a mid-week lunch although not the sunniest day on the coast we enjoyed a lovely 2 1/2 course meal (we shared dessert) overlooking the crystal waters.

The unique elegance and ability to cater for up to 160 guests makes the space perfect for special functions and events or your weekly date night! I can’t wait to get back and try the 6-course degustation!

Related: “Top Central Coast Brunch Spots”



As a part of The Anam‚Äôs new cultural¬†experiences, guest can embed themselves into a ‘day in the life’ situation with a Vietnamese family from the neighbouring countryside of Nha Trang.

Designed around the idea of families coming together for a delectable feast the day-long tour saw us visiting different local markets and shops and learning about daily life over traditional Vietnamese ice-coffed before sitting down to a three-course meal.

We are picked up by our host Dat who shares a little knowledge of Vietnam and daily life before asking US what we might like to cook.  The menu is completely left up to us and we settle on morning glory, chicken with lemongrass and chilli and bánh xèo.

To buy the ingredients for the afternoon‚Äôs cooking class, everyone together visits the¬†local’s markets, a herb stall, bakery and noodle making house. Dat introduces us to local farmers and artisans offering insight into each traditional trade.

‘We give you a unique inside view to the traditional style of Vietnamese cooking, renowned for its combination of 5 taste senses and use of the freshest local ingredients, making it the best and healthiest cuisine in the world.’ Dat explains his love for the Vietnamese cuisine.

Entree’s at The Reef Restaurant

The Reef Restaurant offers a range of entrees with a changing seasonal menu, as well as vegetarian options. My partner ‚Äėshot-gunned‚Äô the¬†Soft Shell Crab¬†and I opted for the¬†Goats Cheese Tart.

I was impressed with both plates on arrival but couldn’t help feel somewhat envious of that deliciously crispy crab! The crab was served with a Vietnamese salad, green mango, cashew nut nam-jim and was a perfect start to our3-course lunch.

The tart was accompanied by slow roasted tomato, avocado salsa, and lemon champagne dressing. The highlight on this plate was the avocado salsa, the tart although pleasant could of either had a little bit more flavour or an added element.

The Reef Restaurant
The Reef Restaurant

Mains at The Reef Restaurant

For our mains, we went with the Beef and Duck and enjoyed them with a beer ( can also choose matching wines).  The beef was a beautifully aged fillet cooked to perfection with a potato and chorizo pommes anna (which is a classic style french dish of layered sliced potatoes), a golden shallot ragout and a gorgeously balanced tarragon béarnaise. The dish was nice without being amazing, it seemed very old school.

The Confit of Duck Leg set on a bed of asparagus and burnt tomato and baby eggplant caponata, then topped with crispy quinoa and finished with a 
caramelised orange jus. The Reef Restaurant has 5 options for mains which usually includes a meat option, multiple seafoods and a few vegetarian courses. The famous seafood platter is also on offer at the Reef Restaurant year round, you just need to let them know 48 hours prior to your booking so the Chef can order and ensure delivery from the markets.

The Reef Restaurant
The Reef Restaurant

Desserts at The Reef Restaurant

My favourite part of dining at the Reef Restaurant is the inspiring dessert. We finished up our lunch with a deconstructed New York Cheesecake! Usually, I opt for chocolate desserts (fondant to be precise) but this dessert read like a dream!

The candied lemon gave the cheesecake an extra little kick. It then also had little cubes of blueberry jello, fresh blueberries and strawberries and another little berry sauce,  all were fresh and delicious and went with the cheesecake perfectly. The stand out though was the lemon sorbet! This added element tied all the components together amazingly and each spoonful was such a delight!

The Reef Restaurant
The Reef Restaurant

Good to know:
+Locals night is Wednesday at the Reef Restaurant and they offer 3 courses for $55!
+They have great deals for mid-week lunchtime dining

The Reef Restaurant
Head to their site for more info- http://reefrestaurant.com.au/

For bookings: call (02) 4385 3222 or info@reefrestaurant.com.au
Located: The Haven, Terrigal, NSW 2260

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