Gluten Free Eating Out in Batemans Bay NSW

Last weekend we went camping for a weekend down at Batemans Bay. Hard work with kids as always but nice just the same.

It was a fairly last minute decision to go, and I wasn't feeling well before we went, so we weren't very prepared and decided to eat out most of the time (totally opposite to usual, and with all we spent will probably never happen again! lol)

before we left I did some googling and used the list of links i posted last week to find some places we could eat (see below).

First night we ate out at South Bank 2536
They were supposed to have some gluten free options available. On the Friday night they had "far out Friday" which meant for $24 each (adult) we got garlic bread, a main (5 to pick from), a dessert of our choice and a glass of wine or a beer. They also had a kids menu - burgers, nuggets, pasta or fish, all with chips, a drink and icecream for $6.90.

The GF options were the pumpkin salad or the steamed fish, neither of which was Rora-friendly! so instead they offered to panfry some chicken tenderloins to have with their fries, which were GF. She ate this happily and they only charged us the usual kids meal price which we were happy about :)

The next day we had a BBQ lunch at the tourist park, and then went to a pizza place we had spotted who had GF bases. Heat Woodfired Pizza Bar is a tiny place that does yummy pizzas! The GF bases were easily the best GF bases we've had yet!!! Unfortunately the garlic pizza we ordered also came with herbs (lots) and chilli so the kids (especially Ryan who doesn't eat cheese) weren't happy, but the cheese and garlic one was popular. Geoff and I had a mexican one hwich was quite nice too (not GF).

Heat is obviously a family business, judging from the resemblences I'm sure I could see! and the staff were very friendly and helpful (and good at tossing bases hehe). They are very popular so expect an hour or so wait for your pizza, or if you don't want to wait that long head in before 6pm and your pizzas will be ready very quickly (or call and order ahead). they don't charge extra for GF bases which was a wonderful surprise!

On the day we were heading home we had a small breakfast at the tent and then decided to have a brunch at North Street Cafe & Bar, because we didn't think there'd be anywhere to eat a GF lunch in Braidwood (and we figured - very wrongly - that it would cost us as much to buy stuff to make lunch as it would to eat a quick brunch). I was VERY impressed that EVERYthing on the menu (about 12 items maybe) could be prepared GF. Not sure about the cakes on display but assume most if not all of them would be GF too. the decor is very sleek and modern and *cough* boring lol

The food was ok, Rora's coconut bread with caramelised bananas was VERY nice, but it was quite expensive - Rora's was $10, our egg & bacons were around $12, a full cooked breakie was about $16ish i think. I was also a bit :| about the caramelised bananas part - which consisted on cut up bananas with a caramel sauce. shouldn't something that's 'caramelised' be cooked until it reaches a 'caramelised' state? the meal was OK, but we left feeling very overcharged for something quite average for the most part. (and the service could have been happier lol)

As we headed into Braidwood Geoff saw a sign saying "Lots of Gluten Free" so I made him turn around and go back for another look LOL we didn't get out and go in so have no idea what sort of things they have, but the Criterion Cafe will be one place we check out next time - we always need a driving break by the time we get to Braidwood.

For the record we stayed at Pleasurelea Tourist Park, and thought it was quite nice. we will definitely return. though next time we will be more organised and save ourselves lots of money by cooking ourselves! lol

here is the list of possible restaurants i compiled:

Aussie Pancakes. I was recently in Bateman's Bay. N.S.W. There is a restaurant/coffee shop which is, to the best of my recollection, called Aussie Pancakes.

North Street Cafe and Bar 5 North Street 4472 5710 GF items marked on the menu

Starfish Deli Old Punt Road, Batemans Bay

South Bank 2536 11 Clyde St, Batemans Bay

barkala kitchen & bar - Tapas - Address: on the promenade Batemans Bay NSW 2536

On the Pier Seafood Restaurant Old Punt Road, Batemans Bay • 02 4472 6405

Rafters on the Bay - BYO 28 Beach Road, Batemans Bay • 02 4472 4288

8 lunch bar Shop 8 Connells Arcade Orient St Batemans Bay 2536 ph: (02) 4472 4436

BERRIMA Old Bakery Tea Rooms Wingecarribee Street 4877 1343 GF sandwiches, cakes, loaf & muffins
The White Horse Inn The Market Place 4877 1204

BERRY Delicious Food by Lisa Shop 3/62 Albert Street 4464 3650 GF items marked on the menu
127A Queen Street 4464 3110 GF items marked on the menu
(Professional Member)
Burgers and More Takeaway
Berry Jetz Café 1/94 Queen Street 4464 3320 Gluten free menu available
Hedgehogs Coffee Shop Shop 4/98 Queen Street 4464 3051 Knowledgeable staff

BROULEE 3/79 Coronation Drive 4471 6890 GF items marked on the menu
(Professional Member)
Broulee Pizza

MERIMBULA Merimbula Aquarium & The Wharf, Lake Street 6495 4446 GF itens marked on the menu
Wharf Restaurant 1-11 Merimbula Drive 6495 1197 GF rolls and batter mix available.
Contamination management a priority
Hungry's Takeaway

NAROOMA 1/120 Wagonga Street (Cnr Canty Street) 4476 1241 GF items marked
on the menu (Professional Member)
Casey's Wholefood Cafe

NOWRA The Melting Pot Coffee Shop 7, The Main Arcade. Egan's Lane 4422 7775 GF options available

SHELLHARBOUR Muffin Break Shellharbour Square Shopping Centre

TUROSS HEAD O'Briens Boatshed 93 Trafalgar Road 4473 8127 List of allergens in menu items available

ULLADULLA Boardwalk Cafe 1/92 Princes Highway 4454 2555 GF items marked on the menu
Harbourside Restaurant/ Shop 5, 84 Princes Highway 4455 3377 GF items marked on the menu
Espresso/ Bar

Cliff Place Cafe Cafe, Gluten-Free, Seafood, Vegetarian Tathra

Peppercorn's Cafe Queen St Berry

Red Raven 55 Junction St, Nowra

Amy's Restaurant at the Forest Gallery - Durras Road, South Durras 02 4478 6161

The River- 16b Church Street, Moruya 02 4474 5505

The Whale Restaurant - Licensed Whale Motor Inn, Wagonga Street, Narooma 02 4476 2411

The Quarterdeck Marina - BYO 13 Riverside Drive, Forsters Bay, Narooma 02 4476 2723

Tilba Valley Winery Lake Corunna Estate, 947 Old Highway, Narooma 02 4473 7308

posted by Karen on http://brazen20au.blogspot.com/


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hey I am down here...perhaps next time we could get together for a cuppa♥x

brazen's crafts said...

oh what a shame I didn't know! yes, we might have to do that :)

do you know of any other places with GF food?

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Yes I can think of another one that does gf...come to think of it I just thought of another one also!!! Dzintra♥x

Batemans Bay accommodation said...

Nice story!
I think your decision was right to choose this place for weekend.