On this occasion, my Dad was up for the weekend and we had tickets to the theatre, an adaptation of Twelfth Night by the Bell Shakespeare Company.
BoardWalk specialises in Tapas, little dishes of food to be shared amongst a group. The menu features at least 15 different vegetable, meat and seafood dishes, and the specials board had five more mostly fresh seafood choices.
There is a good wine menu, most available by the glass so you can match with different dishes, as well as cocktails and tap beers.
We ordered 5 dishes to be shared between 3 people, enough to leave us happy but not bloated.
On recommendation, we ordered the mussels off the specials board. This was a generous serve, the mussels in a rich broth with onions and chilli ($20).
The extra broth was soaked up with thick slices of Warm Ciabata Bread ($5 a plate), the bread was super spongy but we still didn’t manage to finish all of the broth.
We rounded off with the Portuguese Lemon Chicken with Cucumber Dressing ($14). Although this was lovely, on a night when all the dishes were so good, something had to be a least favourite.
The food came remarkably fast. After getting held up by the car ferry, we were 15mins late for our booking, and only had an hour left to eat before curtain call. We were out in around 45mins, happily full. This isn’t a criticism though, the wait staff did not rush us, the restaurant encourages guests to settle in and spend a few hours ordering meals in waves while watching the view and soaking up the candle light. As we were time poor, it was great that we could be catered to so efficiently. We didn't get time to try the tempting desserts on the specials board, opting instead for a quick ice cream on the walk up the street.
I would recommend not putting your booking off for an occasion. A lazy lunch or a quick meal, enough choice for vegetarians and fussy eaters, and economical as long as you know the limits of you stomach (Give me ALL the dishes!), the BoardWalk is a great place to add to your must visit list.
BoardWalk Port Macquarie
75-77 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
Ph: (02) 6583 8001
*Note to friends and family, we don't really live THAT messy, but seriously, please visit us more :D