Gerroa is a seaside destination in the South Coast, about 2.5 hours drive from Sydney. It is famous for surfing and hometown to one of our female surf icons Sally Fitzgibbon.
This small coastal town has a caravan park, plenty of holiday houses and Air BnB’s. If you’re in the area be sure to check out Kiama, Gerringong and Berry for a great little weekend getaway.
At the Northern End of Seven Mile beach and the mouth of the Crooked River, you will find a homely little cafe/restaurant called “The Blue Swimmer cafe”. In a small little cottage, there are a couple of seats out the front where you could enjoy a drink whilst taking in the view, or head in for a casual dining experience. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a function space – there was a party happening the weekend we were in the area.
We booked via resy.com and lucky we did because it was very busy that Sunday morning. The booking made it easy, especially having a large group. We found the menu to be inspired, with more interesting options than most run-of-the-mill cafes these days, sourcing seasonal and local ingredients and producing interesting flavour combinations.
We loved the award winning ‘Baghdad eggs’ (Winner- Australia’s Best Eggs 2018) served with a delicious spiced lentils, stewed peppers, and crispy pita.
We also enjoyed the smashed avocado on toast with pico de gallo and dad had the breakfast roll 2.0 with bacon, egg, tomato, lettuce, cheese, avocado cream, house made tomato relish. He liked this although wanted his bacon to be a bit more crispy.
Mum went straight for the sweet option of light and fluffy spelt waffles, topped with smoked apples, butterscotch sauce, candied nuts and vanilla anglaise. A lovely dish that all worked well together.
I loved the superfood breakfast for a healthy start to the day. Although it might not look like much to most, all ingredients were carefully flavoured and considered. The kale, quinoa, avocado, was served atop a lovely sweet potato cashew hummus, roast tomato, seeds and poached eggs. The roasted tomatoes had an amazing smokey flavour to them.
We like that they do a good chai and use Single O for their coffees beans.
If you’re heading in later in the day, there is a modern Australian menu and interesting desserts are on offer too – we note the haloumi donuts!
Grab yourself a wine or cocktail too, and admire that view.
Service was friendly and efficient and we had an enjoyable lunch.
Address: 19 Riverleigh Ave, Gerroa NSW 2534
Phone: (02) 4234 3796