We decided to take a short break down to Yamba for a couple of nights, especially after friends had told us about some great places to eat down there (plus Sime was trying to get a surf in).  Despite my still limited appetite due to pregnancy we managed to sample a few local places which we really enjoyed.

Sol Cantina (Mexican), 25 Coldstream Street, Yamba We dined on a Monday night and managed to grab one of the last tables – we figured this was a good sign as the locals must like the place.  You might’ve read previous posts in which I’ve bemoaned the lack of authentic Mexican restaurants in Oz (improving in cities but still not on the GC), this place has a much more authentic Mexican menu.  Margaritas were as good as those we had in Mexico (I had a tiny taste…) and lucky for Sime it was $6 margarita night.  The highlight of the meal for us was the Jalapeno Poppers – jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese, coated in panko crumb, deep fried and served with a ranch style dressing.  Sime had some local fish in his main, and I enjoyed a salad with fresh prawns, jack cheese and a lime and coriander dressing.  We actually ordered another plate of the poppers.  Friendly service, meal did cost us $92 but we really enjoyed it.

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Beachwood Cafe, 22 High Street, Yamba

I was disappointed to find out that the owner of this cafe was away in Europe until early August as there were a lot of good things on the net about its Turkish inspired menu and coffee.  If you’re headed to Yamba, based on what others have said I’d recommend checking it out.

Caperberry Cafe, 17 Yamba Road, Yamba

We had been to Caperberry on our last visit to Yamba years ago.  Nice menu with more interesting brekky items like the Bubble and Squeak served with spiced yoghurt, or the Vego breakfast with haloumi, avocado and grilled mushies.  Lovely sitting in the sun in what was pretty cold weather for Yamba.  Didn’t rate the latte I received, Sime noted pre-ground coffee sitting ready to use which is never a good sign.  Still – good food.

On the bite, 215 River Street, Maclean

Unfortunately we weren’t hungry when we visited On the bite, their menu selection sounded tasty.  Sime and I sampled their coffee which was great.  He’s the expert, so check out his review at Beanhunter.

There is one other place we did want to try while were there – Osteria Martini – I heard it was family run serving simple, authentic Italian flavours.

We had a lovely relaxing break in Yamba, and as someone who is totally food obsessed I do live through my stomach (it’s sad times for me now with such a limited appetite, but I’m still trying to fit as many meals as I can in before these babies arrive!).  We were both pleasantly surprised about our food experiences in Yamba and Maclean, and would love to go back to visit the other restaurants I’ve mentioned above.  Bon appetit!