Freycinet Lodge Richardson’s Bistro & Bar
Greetings from Freycinet National Park at Coles Bay! We were about to trek up a mountain to overlook the stunning Wineglass Bay, but first, we need food to fuel ourselves. Freycinet Lodge Richardson’s Bistro & Bar has its own lodge to accommodate visitors. In essence, you’ll have access to their rooms and restaurants if you stay with them. Other than Richardson’s Bistro (which we dined at), they have a high class dining restaurant called The Bay Restaurant and reservations is a must if you plan to dine at it. Unfortunately, The Bay Restaurant was closed when we were there, but its alright, Freycinet Lodge Richardson’s Bistro & Bar has great views overlooking the beach as well as a chain of hills and mountains.
Seafood Antipasto Plate, 24AUD
We shared both dishes and we had mixed feelings with the Seafood Antipasto Plate. Definitely, the prawns were fresh. I’ve never tasted a bad to mediocre Tasmanian smoked salmon, I guess its their specialty after all because this particular one they nailed it as well. However, one look and you can tell that the mussels have been kept for way too long before serving. The octopus bits were chewy and not the best. I could not comment on the oysters because I’ve never liked them. My guess was that during the winter months, the bistro receive less customers. Seafoods caught during this period were kept longer because it could not sell out. The toast of bread we added for an additional dollar.
Freycinet Black Angus Beef Lodge Burger, 19.50AUD
Seriously we have been eating far way too many burgers and pizzas during this trip. This time we had a black angus patty with caramelised onions, salad, shoestring fries and tomato chutney on the side. We definitely enjoyed the burger way more than the seafood sampler plate.
Richardson Beach behind me, we had a great view!
The restaurant is spacious with a definite crowd swarming this area during the summer months. My favourite part of having a good meal is to have it with a good companion and a view.
This photo I took was from my window seat, and that’s a postcard perfect picture of Richardson Beach. Its a pity we couldn’t stay over at the lodge because Coles Bay was only a pit stop before we had to drive a little further up of the eastern coastline after a day of trekking.
Its a public access and we were more than welcomed to take a quiet stroll at our own pace after a hearty meal at the restaurant. What a way to end the meal don’t you think?