Dining out at the best cafes and bistros.

Our biggest town Taree together with Wingham holds a lot of our regional history, but you may be suprised at the authentic flavours from around the world you'll find happily at home in the Manning Valley.

The lush valley and high escarpments provide a feast of local produce that you can enjoy at the many eateries conveniently placed right in town. So you don't have to venture too far to enjoy meals at award-winning cafes serving award-winning produce.

Here are just a few suggestions to tempt your tastebuds the next time you dine out in Taree and Wingham.

Bent On Food, Wingham

This multi award-winning eatery is dedicated to local seasonal produce, cooked to perfection. Famous for eggs benny with vibrant colours only seen with local eggs and house-made hollandaise or the popular spicy corn fritters.

Looking to try something that may become your next new favourite? Then the roast mushroom bruschetta with baby spinach and blue cheese may just tick that brunch box beautifully.

Spice up your brunch with spicy corn fritters from the award-winning Bent On Food Cafe at Wingham.
Spice up your brunch with spicy corn fritters from the award-winning Bent On Food Cafe at Wingham.

Café Giardino, Taree

Delicious seasonal food to remind you just how good Italian cuisine can be, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu choices are extensive and full of flavour, so it's easy for Cafe Giardino to become your regular favourite.

The lamb ragu rigatoni, risotto verde and Nonna’s panna cotta will take you to Tuscany with its honey-spiced granola and mixed berry sauce.

Hot tip: Order the Sophia Lauren cocktail, a pink sensation made with gin and strawberry syrup, it's the perfect drink to accompany your Tuscan trip.

Colourful and a crowd- pleaser... just like Nonna, at Cafe Giardino in Taree.
Colourful and a crowd- pleaser... just like Nonna, at Cafe Giardino in Taree.

Café Thyme, Taree

The café favourites here are always stacked high with colour and flavour, all made with love.

Try the crispy corn fritter burger, lime chilli squid salad or the Canadian pancake stack that will make you love the combo of bacon and caramelised banana with maple syrup. Yes, a seriously good tast sensation... just ask any Canadian!

Millions of Canadians can't be wrong: try the Canadian pancake stack at Cafe Thyme in Taree.
Millions of Canadians can't be wrong: try the Canadian pancake stack at Cafe Thyme in Taree.

Centrepoint Café, Taree

Passion and creativity put into healthy and delicious meals in Taree, a gourmet menu offers delicious snacks, meals and coffee for breakfast, lunch and more.

Try the blueberry and frangipane tarts, classic eggs benny, or the weekly specials such as the super tasty chicken caesar salad will have you saying: hail Caesar!

Centrepoint Cafe's super tasty chicken caesar salad.
Centrepoint Cafe's super tasty chicken caesar salad.

Chim Young Thai, Taree

You know you’ve hit the Thai jackpot when you can order authentic flavours at this popular Taree eatery: pad ki-mao, pad si-ew, tom yum, tom kha, crispy chicken with chilli jam, fried rice tom yum prawns, kana moo grob and more. Try something new here and take your tastebuds to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Chang and Koh Lipe.

The talented crew from Chim Young also provide their delicious dishes at pop-up kitchens for seasonal events across the Barrington Coast. If you see them, buy from them, you won’t be disappointed.

Thai-style fried rice with prawns from Chim Young Thai in Taree.
Thai-style fried rice with prawns from Chim Young Thai in Taree.

Garden Grub Café, Wingham

Popular in Wingham for deliciously healthy meals on the shady garden terrace. For breakfast try the nourish bowl or blueberry ricotta pancakes; for lunch try the sweet potato and cashew herbed fritters with haloumi.

Hot tip: the Persian tasting plate is colourful and tasty and good for you too... the trifecta of good eating!

Healthy and very tasty, the food at Garden Grub Cafe would keep any hungry caterpiller satisfied.
Healthy and very tasty, the food at Garden Grub Cafe would keep any hungry caterpiller satisfied.

Jashan Lounge, Taree

In the style of an Indian tea house this hidden gem delivers a substantial menu with authentic flavours, colours and aromas. The selection of seafood here may surprise you but will definitely delight, with the variety of spices: Goan fish, Lankan fish, prawns Malabar, chilli or garlic prawns, and jhinga masala.

Indian cuisine is renowned for vegetarian delights so do try some of them here, whether you’re vego or not: the black lentil daal, malai kofta or eggplant masala may just get you hooked.

The best Indian food in the Manning Valley can be found at Jashan Lounge in Taree.
The best Indian food in the Manning Valley can be found at Jashan Lounge in Taree.

The Boathouse Cafe, Taree

Who doesn't love a meal with a view? This airy cafe feels almost like a cruise ship sailing the Manning River, the water is so close you can almost touch it. The selection of cafe favourites here is large and the serves generous, which is how all good cafes should be, yes?

From the extensive breakfast menu, try the pancakes (with mixed berries or caramelised banana with butterscotch sauce), lemon meringue waffles, breakfast quesadilla, or the corn fritters with a serve of bacon or smoked salmon.

The choice is even harder for lunch with an even bigger choice of burgers (try the haloumi or crispy fish), fresh salads (try the king prawn, Greek calamari or Asian noodle), plus more that you'll just have to come again to sample (don't miss the smoked salmon & potato rosti, the barbecue seafood plate, soft shell tacos, or crispy skinned Asian salmon).

You may also get distracted by the dessert cabinet, so make sure you leave room for a housemade sweet treat at the end of your meal. (Creme brulee slice anyone?)

Deilcious selection for breakfast & lunch, with generous serves at The Boathouse Cafe in Taree.
Deilcious selection for breakfast & lunch, with generous serves at The Boathouse Cafe in Taree.

TwoHans, Taree

Asian fusion cuisine in the heart of Taree, with Korean and Japanese dishes including tabletop yakiniku grills for a fun barbecue experience.

All their fresh bao buns are worth trying, the crumbed chicken bao or the soft shell crab bao are a great lunchtime treat. The house-made gyozas are superb while the Korean bibimbap bowls are healthy and delicious.

TwoHans in Taree offers Asian fusion cuisine including tabletop barbecue grill.
TwoHans in Taree offers Asian fusion cuisine including tabletop barbecue grill.

More cafes, restaurants and tasty takeaways

Sometimes you just need the right food, quick and easy, to eat on the run or in the park by the river: sandwiches, pies, fish & chips, pizza, or your favourite Chinese cuisine. Or maybe some good pub food is on your hungry horizon? Here are some more great choices around Taree and Wingham:

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