The Moreton Bay Food Trail is a digital treasure map that highlights some of the finest restaurants in the region. It comes as no surprise that the area serves up some spectacular seafood, so if prawns, oysters and calamari are your kryptonite, make sure you keep reading!
Tempest Seafood Restaurant and Teppanyaki Grill is perched right on the water and has something for every seafood lover. It’s a true trawler-to-plate experience, as the trawlers dock right on the restaurant’s doorstep. On any given day, you’ll see the restaurant’s chef head down to the trawlers to collect his fresh haul of Moreton Bay prawns. If you’re feeling ravenous for seafood, the Scarborough platter is sure to suffice. There’s everything from fresh oysters, seafood chowder, Moreton Bay bugs and more.
The Golden Ox is another icon on the peninsular. The restaurant has been in the Tzimas family for over 40 years. During that time, the menu has seen a fair amount of change, but there are still some old favourites that have remained, including the Bugs Galliano. Head Chef, Peter Tzimas, explained what it’s like to cook with fresh Moreton Bay produce.
“It just makes my job easy. We have fantastic suppliers who deliver fresh seafood from the bay everyday,” said Peter. “It’s just a joy to work with such wonderful produce.”
Further north, at the edge of the Pumicestone Passage, lies Sandstone Point Hotel. The venue opened four years ago and is the perfect spot for functions, festivals and events. Despite its sparkly new appearance, the site has a rich history. The hotel lies on what used to be Australia’s largest oyster farm in the 1900s. The Oyster Shed Fish and Chippery pays homage to the history of the site and prides itself on bringing Bribie Island the best seasonal seafood.
There are many ways to celebrate seafood in the next few months. Sandstone Point celebrates its annual Oyster Festival on Saturday 19th October 2019. Throughout August and September, the Tastes of Moreton Bay Festival will be celebrating the region’s amazing local produce, from land and sea.