Monday, April 6, 2015

Hogs Breath Café, Port Stephens.

Now we were on our last day at Port Stephens, started driving from Soldiers points, and drove past the marina, to the various bays on route, and then to Anna Bay. It was close to 3 in the afternoon and we were massively hungry. In Anna Bay, there was a small little eatery, but we wanted something sumptuous and relaxing and hence we drove all the way back to the Port Stephens Marina.  We went over on the first floor to Hogs Breath Café. 

One of the reason for this was the fact that from a very long time I was craving for the typical Aussie dish of grilled chicken breast served with mash and gravy, asparagus and something like that. I have had that previously in Adelaide quite a few times and unfortunately, I don’t seem to get it very easily. Looked at Hog’s breaths menu and reckoned that it might have it.

The décor was interesting, more like an outback grill, with wooden interiors. It seemed a bit American as well. We chose to sit outside on the balcony, with a view of the yachts and the blue waters. Looking at the menu, there were quite a few options –especially for us with no beef no pork options. There were quite a few starters, veg and chicken. Then there were the burgers and the wraps, as well as the fish burgers and sea food varieties.
Well for us, we decided to order a mixed starters – which had the salt and pepper calamari, along with the chicken tenders, spring roll, hoggies loaded potato skins- the sicilian. For mains I ordered a chicken Mushroom and Feta.

Well the order did take a bit of time. The starters looked lovely.  The spring rolls very freshly fried and crunchy. The chicken tender were fresh and well fried as well. What I loved was the potatoe skins, which basically were half potatoes, carved out and filled with chese and onion tomato and baked to perfection.  This was yum. The best starter was the salt and pepper calamari. Now we have had calamari at so many places and it always is a bit chewy and difficult to cut. But this was wow, unbelievably soft and delicious. I can tell you I have never had fresher and softer calamari ever. This was yum.
All in all this mixed platter of starters was really a good one.

Next, we had the chicken and mushroom feta. Now this dish when it arrived looked yum. A grilled chicken topped with a creamy white sauce with mushrooms, the famous hogs breath curly fries and some boiled veggies- corn, broccoli, and carrots. As I dug into the dish, I think it fell short of my expectations. The grilled chicken was a bit too bland. The creamy sauce with mushroom tasted good, but didn’t exactly mix well with the chicken and it was a bit too bland for me.  The curly fries were good, the veggies ok, but it was something about the chicken breast which made it a bit too bland and the chicken was too stringy. So didn’t come up to what I was expecting.

Nonetheless a great afternoon,  great location and views and I would definitely suggest going to hogs breath café. Try the starters and enjoy the great waterfront views.

Shop 16, Upper D’Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelsons Bay, NSW2315

02- 49842842

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