SOUTH COAST, NSW

Country Style - - YOUR PAGE - DAVE CAMP­BELL

An­other chef who es­caped the city, Dave Camp­bell and his wife Ni­cole moved from Syd­ney to Berry in 2008. The cou­ple run two pop­u­lar South Coast restau­rants — the Hun­gry Duck, a con­tem­po­rary Asian restau­rant in Berry, and Nowra’s Wharf Rd, which has a South Amer­i­can flavour. Dave be­lieves vis­i­tors are drawn to the South Coast’s “pris­tine beaches and great lit­tle towns with unique of­fer­ings”. What are your favourite restau­rants? Cupitt’s Kitchen, near Mil­ton, ticks all the boxes — great food, great wine, craft beer and ar­ti­sanal cheese. Chef Rus­sell Chinn’s desserts are re­ally good and his clas­sic English ter­rine is a must. The restau­rant at Si­los Es­tate has new own­ers and they’re do­ing a fan­tas­tic job. The beef carpac­cio is one of the best I’ve had. It’s a nice spot to sit and gaze over the rolling hills with a glass of vino. Any other rec­om­men­da­tions? Af­ter a surf, I’ll head to The Blue Swim­mer at Ger­roa to have brekkie and watch the ocean roll in. Berry Sour­dough Café is a favourite for lunch, and the Salad of the Day at Lit­tle Rae Gen­eral Store in Berry is al­ways packed with good­ies. Milk­wood, also in Berry, is the place for cof­fee and a crois­sant or pain au cho­co­lat, while Flour Wa­ter Salt in Mil­ton and Kiama has great pies, sausage rolls and sand­wiches. For ge­lato, head to Il Lo­cale in Berry — salted caramel is my pick. Where do you go for good cof­fee? Hy­per Hy­per in Nowra is a quirky place with ex­cel­lent cofff­fee. I get a double ristretttto while I’m wait­ing for my flflat white. Shoal­haven is known for oys­ters — do you have a pre­ferred sup­plier? Good­night Oys­ters at Green­well Point are al­ways su­per fresh and the best qual­ity. Leon will call me from the oys­ter lease when they’re pulling stock out of the wa­ter to see what we need. You can buy them at the farm gate but it’s a good idea to give them a call fi­first. Best fish and chips? At Werri Beach Fish Shop they ac­tu­ally use fresh fish and cook it to or­der. It’s a rare thing nowa­days. Do you have a favourite beach? Werri Beach is my go-to spot for surf­ing, but as a fam­ily we head to Seven Mile Beach. It’s and very safe for the kids. Any other sug­ges­tions for chil­dren? We take the kids to Ger­roa, Jervis Bay or the Shoal­haven River — we’re wa­ter peo­ple it seems. There are a few good spots for horserid­ing and you can even do a ride on Seven Mile Beach. > For ad­dress de­tails, see page 112.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM LEFT You’ll fifind great shops, cafés and restau­rants on Berry’s Queen Street; chef Dave Camp­bell; Wharf Rd on the Shoal­haven River at Nowra; in­side Berry’s Hun­gry Duck; rhubarb clafoutis at Cupitttt’s Kitchen, near Mil­ton; The Pines dairy farm out­side Kiama sup­plies the milk for Il Lo­cale’s ge­lato; pas­tries at Milk­wood Bak­ery in Berry.

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