Three To See: Central Coast Pizza, Bar & Grill Restaurants

New York Pizza Bar & Grill

Fountain Plaza, Shop 11/148 The Entrance Rd Erina, (02) 4365 0767

Looking for a great night out and want to avoid the crowds at Terrigal? We suggest you try New York Pizza Bar & Grill at Fountain Plaza Erina. This outdoor shopping plaza is fast becoming an emerging hive for foodies, all thanks to New York Pizza Bar & Grill’s unique offering as a bar, pizzeria and grill. Inspired by traditional New York’s own offering, visitors can enjoy great beer, wine and cocktail options while tantalising their tastebuds with delicious pizzas, ribs and more.

New York Pizza Bar & Grill is open:
Mon to Sat: 12pm-3pm lunch & 5pm-11.45pm dinner.
Sun: 5pm-9pm dinner.


Four Hands Pizza Bar & Grill

6/17 Church St Terrigal, (02) 4384 4492

Yum, yum! Since opening its doors in 2013 Four Hands Pizza Bar & Grill has wasted no time in proving they’re here to stay. Being the only eatery offering good coffee from lunchtime until late is just one of their perks. Try their tapas tasting plates (the Chorizo and Scallop dishes are winners) whilst sipping on a craft beer (Two Birds Golden Ale goes down well) or delicious cocktail. Gourmet pizza is Four Hands’ specialty and you can’t go past the Duck with Coriander.

Four Hands Pizza Bar & Grill is open 7 days, all day for lunch and dinner.
Dinner bookings are essential!

Michael’s Italian Family Restaurant

1/29A Victoria St East Gosford, (02) 4325 3753

For years Michael’s has been a firm favourite amongst locals thanks to their delicious menu that never disappoints. Like garlic bread? You will love their garlic pizza base – we do! If it is seafood you love, Michael’s offers a great range of pizza, pasta and entrée options that will surely delight. Watch on as cooks spin and flip pizza dough as they prepare your pizza from start to finish, and enjoy a wide range of traditional and gourmet options such as Michael’s Malaysia gourmet pizza, it’s sublime!

Michael’s Italian Family Restaurant is available for dine-in or take away.

Opening Hours:
Tues, Wed & Sun: 4pm-9pm.
Thur, Fri & Sat: 4pm to 9.30pm.

Three more Bar & Grill restaurants worth a visit on the Central Coast…
Beef & Barramundi Bar & Grill (Cnr Oceanview and Schnapper Rd, Ettalong Beach) 4344 6828.
Terrace Grill (4 Ash St, Terrigal) 4385 8800.
Lone Star Rib House (Westfield Shoppingtown Tuggerah) 4353 5552.


Avalon Beach

Welcome to Avalon Beach.

Avalon Beach is a much loved coastal suburb set along Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches in New South Wales. Named after a legendary island which meant ‘earthly paradise’, this luxurious seaside town is ideal for surfing and swimming. Avalon is a thriving and bustling cultural hub where you will find an array of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops, all offering a coastal, relaxed atmosphere.

Avalon Beach itself has a 25-metre saltwater rock pool at the south end of the beach. Surf Life Savers patrol the beach during the summer months. If golf is your thing then Avalon Golf Course is a must with its fantastic sweeping views overlooking clear blue waters. For those who love to explore, try the Bangalley Headland Walk which starts at Whale Beach Rd and ends at Marine Pde.

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Directory: Things to do in Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach SLSC (Avalon Beach, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 3298

Avalon Beach Rockpool (south-end of Avalon Beach)

Avalon Chinese Restaurant (6/74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 6319

Avalon Golf Course (32 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2017) 02 9918 2606

Cafe Ibiza (47 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 3965

Chelsea Tea House (2/48 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9973 3090

ChillBar (74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 4445

Clareville Kiosk (27 Delecta Ave, Clareville Beach, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 2727

Dunbar Park & Playground (Old Barrenjoey Road Next to Avalon Recreation Centre)

Franks Bar (10/20 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 0999

Le Boulevard French Restaurant (40 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 8933

Sky Thai (21 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 3605

Starfish Cafe Avalon (23 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 2077

Swell Café (Shop 3 /74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 5678

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Spotlight On: Kaleah Balcomb, Cove Cafe

Cove Cafe is highly regarded as Terrigal’s best cafe and if you’re not already familiar with Cove, let me explain: cafe patrons are initially blown away by its seaside location at The Haven … and then the food arrives! Delicious, beautifully presented unique meals created by top chefs. And did we mention the coffee? Cove manager Kaleah Balcomb not only oversees the day to day operations of the business, she also makes a killer coffee, coming second recently in Manfredi’s Barista comp. We chat to Kaleah about Cove and her love for the Coast…

Tell us about Cove Cafe and how it eventuated…
The Cove is an amazing cafe right on the beach in the Haven, Terrigal. I actually started working upstairs in Reef Restaurant about 5 years ago, and then somehow found myself working downstairs at Cove around sporadic university and music commitments. My love of coffee and the fantastic workplace means I’ve been unable to leave!

Would you say breakfast or lunch is your busiest time of day?
It depends on the day of the week. During weekdays breakfast tends to be busier, a lot of people come in for their morning coffee. On weekends lunch tends to be more popular, especially if the weather is nice.

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Tell us about what your role entails…
I generally work coffee and teas. I honestly love to make coffee and experiment with different styles of latte art. I also equip all staff with barista skills – even at least at the basics – so anyone can step up to the machine when needed. My job description also happens to cover drinking as much coffee as possible!!

What is your most popular dish?
The Bacon & Egg Spring Rolls – we are the only cafe that does a dish like it.

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Which dish is your personal favourite?
Let me think … Bacon & Egg Spring Rolls! They’re so good that customers became angry when we tried to take them off the menu! Plus there’s no hangover cure like them…


What do you enjoy most about the Central Coast?
The laid back vibe.

Is there anything the Central Coast needs?
We’re lucky enough to be in a place that has almost everything. I just wish it was all closer together!

Your favourite place on the Coast?
Too many to choose from. Terrigal has a great beach and a good choice of cafes, restaurants, bars and ice creameries. Not to mention a wonderful view all of the time.

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Which beach do you love most and why?
Bateau Bay. It’s a fairly quiet beach, my family would always go there when I was little and we would climb the rocks. I have fond memories of it.

Which sports team do you support?
The one that’s winning at the time!

Best Dining Experience (apart from Cove Cafe)?
The Reef Restaurant!


If someone was visiting the Central Coast for the first time what would you recommend they do?
Visit Cove Cafe! The pelican feeding at The Entrance is good too and time at our beaches is well spent.

Where do you love to go when not on the Coast?
To be honest, I don’t leave much – I love it here. Every so often I’ll do a trip to Sydney or Newcastle.

Which Accom Holidays property would you most like to stay at?
Agave at MacMasters Beach looks stunning!

Visit Cove Cafe’s website for their menu, giveaways and cafe news:

Click here to read guest reviews from TripAdvisor.

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Three to See: Central Coast Wineries & Breweries

Firescreek Winery
192 Wattle Tree Rd Holgate, (02) 4365 0768

Firescreek Winery opened its cellar doors in 2003 and this local vineyard has been delivering delicious, quality fruit and herb wines ever since. Firescreek fruit wines are unlike other fruit wines – they vary in complexity, acidity, sweetness and aroma, and vintage varieties vary from year to year. Each variety is made in limited supply which means that favourites sell out quickly, however new varieties are introduced through the year to keep  wine connoisseurs on their toes. And locals will be proud to know that Firescreek Wines have won countless awards – click to view. Tastings and tours are encouraged, however groups of 10+ are asked to call before arriving.

Firescreek Winery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm daylight savings time, and 10am – 4pm outside daylight savings.

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Six String Brewing Company
4/330 The Entrance Rd Erina, (02) 4365 4536

This place rocks! If you like the pub scene but always feel like the oldest person there (we’re not all 18 with flashy new ID’s) then you will love the cool, laid-back vibe at Six String Brewing Company. The Central Coast’s first homegrown craft brewery made from 100% locally made product, this local brewery/boutique pub offers great beer, delicious food and live music. The idea for a local homegrown brewery originated in 2009 and after endless bureaucratic hurdles, the dream finally came alive in 2013. Six String Brewing Company makes six different brew varieties as well as limited edition seasonal brews to keep fanatics coming back for more. Newbies to the brewhouse can see where the brews are made and order a tasting paddle which consists of four different varieties… and once you have found a favourite you can take the experience home with their one litre Squealer and two litre Growler jug.

Click Here to view brewhouse and tour times.

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Distillery Botanica
25 Portsmouth Rd Erina, (02) 4365 3968

Made using traditional European methods, this unique variety of boutique fruit and herb wines are gorgeous. Whether it be light fruity wine, quality vodka, dry gin, or sticky dessert wine, there is something to suit everyone’s palate. Formerly known as St Fiacre Distillery, the shop and distillery are set in fragrant gardens in Erina, just ten minutes drive north-west of Terrigal. Owned and operated by Philip Moore, founder of Australia’s largest wholesale herb nursery, who brings his knowledge to the drinks he masters. Coffee lovers will enjoy the Short Black Coffee Liqueur and those with a sweet tooth can’t go past Sticky Date Liqueur. Fruity options include blackcurrant, blackberry,  raspberry, lemon myrtle and aniseed.

Distillery Botanica is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.


Other breweries worth a visit on the Central Coast…
Central Coast Brewery (9/10 Pioneer Ave, Tuggerah) 4351 4824.


Blink & You’ll Miss It: October 2013

We have compiled a fantastic range of exciting events for you to think about for this month, there’s definitely something for everyone.


Thursday 3rd October: Horse Racing, Wyong Racecourse


Saturday 5th October: Oktoberfest, Six Strings Brewery | East Meets West Degustation Dinner, The Springs Golf Club

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Sunday 6th October: Eastern Region Roller Derby Smackdown, Niagara Park


Thursday 10th October: Horse Racing, Gosford Race Club


Saturday 12th October: Monster Truck World Series, Gosford Showground | Central Coast Mariners vs Western Sydney Wanderers, Bluetongue Stadium

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Friday 18-20th October: Under the Sea Film Festival, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre


Sunday 18-20th October: Chromefest, The Entrance


Three to See: Central Coast Clubs

Mingara Recreation Club
Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi, (02) 4349 7799

From its humble beginning with just 20 members in 1971 to today’s state-of-the-art premises with over 20,000 members, Mingara Recreation Club has come a long way. Open to members and visitors, this family-friendly club is home to an aquatic and fitness centre as well bars, eateries, cafes,  a casino-style area, athletic track, mini-golf and kid’s playhouse. Choose from a variety of fabulous restaurants and cafes or enjoy a drink at the bar with friends. *Please bet responsibly.

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Breakers Country Club
64 Dover Road, Terrigal, (02) 4384 2661

Breakers Country Club is a popular local haunt for birthdays, weddings, enjoying a meal with the family or having a drink with friends. Formerly known as Terrigal Memorial Country Club, Breakers is a whirlwind of activity! Home to the Terrigal-Wamberal RSL Sub Branch, Terrigal Mens and ladies Golf club, Wamberal Mens and Ladies Bowling Club and Terrigal Darts Club. Come along with friends and enjoy the club’s stylish new courtyard and indulge at the brasserie.

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Central Coast Leagues Club
Dane Drive, Gosford, (02) 4325 9444

The first registered club on the Central Coast, Central Coast Leagues Club (CCLC) was formed in 1954. Located opposite the Gosford waterfront, the CCLC is not only home to a range of restaurants including popular Star Buffet and Japanese Teppanyaki, it also contains a TAB lounge which international sports across 22 screens, bars, games area and free entertainment. The Central Coast Leagues Club is the ideal place for friends to meet for recreation and leisure activities.

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Three to See: Central Coast Restaurants

Rojo Rocket
Corner Avoca Drive & Scenic Hwy roundabout, Avoca Beach, (02) 4382 2255.

Rojo Rocket has to be one of the coolest restaurants on the Central Coast. Home to traditional Mexican cuisine, Rojo Rocket offers a unique, relaxed and colourful atmosphere. Expect to see wait staff wearing quirky school-inspired uniforms, enjoy a meal in the restaurant or head upstairs and catch up with friends over sangria and tapas. Rojo Rocket is not only famous for their food but also for their on-site rocket which can be seen as you drive past, and Miss Sabrina, the 1976 Cadillac Hearse which has been converted to a limo to ensure you make it home safely.


Sapa Modern Vietnamese Restaurant
4/5, 82a Ocean View Drive, Terrigal, (02) 4385 8808.

For delicious authentic Vietnamese cuisine, it is impossible to look past Sapa in Terrigal. Since opening in 2007, this vibrant restaurant has received rave reviews by critics and food lovers alike, who share a love for good food. Sapa’s menu contains a unique offering of mouth-watering entrees, mains and desserts. We recommend the cook-yourself Beef Campfire, Crispy Chicken and Flaming Wok Tossed Prawns.

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Stillwaters Restaurant
1 Restella Avenue, Davistown, (02) 4369 1300.

In the late 1940’s this very site was the Davistown local store and petrol station. Now Stillwaters at Davistown sits in this pristine waterfront location on the Davistown channel overlooking the Brisbane Water to Empire Bay. Enjoy a modern dining experience with a variety of delicious dishes ranging including the freshest seafood, juicy steak, chicken, veal and duck. The wine list is just as extensive to ensure every meal is accompanied with the best drop. Stillwaters is ideal for couples, friends, families and weddings. Image: Vibe Photography.