The Ningaloo Reef Cafe, Coral Bay

This restaurant is centrally located and have a wide variety to choose from including pasta to pizza and seafood of course, with snapper arising twice on the specials menu. For entrees I would recommend the squid which came deep fried in a crispy batter and garden salad. It was perfect to share between two people (three pieces each) and it was tasty and fresh.

For the mains the locally caught snapper was fresh and came with a side salad. The snapper was battered and had elements of lemon and pepper accentuating the natural flavours of the fish. The Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling complimented this dish well. The crocodile looked similar to the squid which was battered and came with a side salad. Although it looked the same, it tasted completely different to the squid where the batter had different spices and tasted like chicken nuggets with a similar texture. The mains only contained one type of salad which was a Greek salad.

 Entree - Squid

 Mains - Locally caught snapper

Mains - Crocodile

As for the pasta we tried the spaghetti with chicken, mushroom and pepperoni with a white wine sauce which was not overly large but was substantial. I really like the white wine sauce which complimented the other ingredients well and the pasta was cooked al dente with a bit of a crunch. I was suggested a glass of Chardonnay which was okay. I felt that the Sauvignon Blanc was a better choice.

Mains - Spaghetti with chicken, mushrooms and pepperoni with a white wine sauce

For dessert we tried the Baci Bomb Cake with vanilla ice cream which was the restaurant's recommendation. It was very rich and filling encased with thick chocolate icing and filling. It also contained hazelnuts.

Desert - Baci Bomb Cake

The service was good and the place normally dies down around 9pm but they will wait for you to finish till around 10pm. The pizzas run out if you come later and they seemed popular but we did not have a chance to try it. They only open for dinner at 6pm, not breakfast or lunch. This restaurant was on the higher end of the scale which was pricey for Coral Bay but it had good food.

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