When visiting the Shoalhaven area, there are plenty of great eateries. The beautiful and historic village town of Berry is a big draw card in this regards. Queen Street Eatery is one of the top dining venues in Berry. Run by mother/ daughter team; Bec and Louise, along with a great team of staff, this lovely French influenced bistro is nice and bright, with white interior wall panels, marble tables, contrasting wood floors as well as some texture from the corrugated ceiling.
As a whole, Queen Street eatery exhibits a sophisticated, yet relaxed and cozy south coast vibe. The service is very warm and welcoming, which enables this vibe to be felt. Some soothing French tunes can be heard on their playlist and the clientele’s banter adds to this ambiance.
There is counter seating with wine on display, a great spot to enjoy a tipple. The drinks list includes wines from premium Australian vineyards and features French wine, spirits and interesting beer selections, including a green beer from Mont Blanc with a unique sweet herbaceous nose and flavour.
Queen Street Eatery also serves Allpress Coffee which is great for the morning crowd and those who enjoy a coffee after a meal.
Beyond the great drinks list, there is spectacular food. The chef Robbie has passed through Cirrus (In Sydney’s Barrangaroo) on his way to Queen Street Eatery, bringing with him expertise in majestically preparing the seafood offerings on the menu. Our lunch starts with some dainty crackers topped with whipped trout roe and Cod Caviar, although small, these bites were packed with flavour.
These were also accompanied by some delicious Narooma Oysters, fresh, creamy and full of flavour, served with a traditional mignonette and paired nicely with a glass of white, in this instance, a chardonnay.
For our entree, we have a trio of Scallop Gratinès served in a half shell with garlic butter, they looked so pretty on the plate. The scallops topped with a herb crumb that added to the sweet natural flavours of these shellfish medallions. We also sampled the tuna rilletes and were impressed with the flavour combinations, when mixed with the delightful herb cream that accompanied this dish.
For mains, the Grilled King prawns were thoroughly enjoyable and the natural flavour of the prawns was heroed and enhanced with a flambe sauce au Pernod an anise flavoured liquor from France.
The moulle and frites, another classic bistro item was on point and a superb choice, whilst the mussels were nicely flavoured in aromatic white wine sauce and with a side of French Fries to take on any leftover sauce. Speaking of French Fries, the side of fries was served with a truffle sauce so moreish, it could almost be sold as another drink on the menu.
Queen Street Eatery offers a great allround dining experience and well worth a visit at any time of the day and if they have any profiteroles, do your self a favour and grab one or more.
Queen Street Eatery is one of the many great restaurants to visit when in Berry. Be sure to also visit them when they will be at the South Coast Food and Wine Festival, held in September.
1/65 Queen Street, Berry, NSW 2535 T: +61 (02) 4464 2544