Carol Walsh – Surf Street Cafe

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Meet Carol Walsh from the ‘on trend’ Surf Street Cafe at Emerald Beach.

You’re back and have re-branded your business!
Yes, Surf Street Café is the new name.
I was excited about creating a brand new look and feel for this restaurant.
A trip through Southern France last year was the inspiration for several menu items – also the new décor. As we travelled around, I noticed how restaurant menus used only seasonal produce; if something was not in season, it wasn’t on the menu. Chefs changed their small blackboard menus regularly to allow for the availability of produce.
With changing trends moving away from fine dining, my idea was to offer a variety of dishes, some complete meals and others that can be shared.
At Surf St Café, your dining experience is more casual and affordable, so eating out can be any day of the week, not just for special occasions. If you just wanted to sit on the deck and watch the surf with a cocktail or glass of wine, there are several smaller, snacky items you can have.

Who is your Head Chef?
Dan Williams is my Head Chef, and we have worked together before. He has adapted some of the ideas I brought back from France. I have a great team in the kitchen right now.

What’s on the winter menu at Surf Street Café?
On the dinner menu there are warming rich meat braises, seafood chowder, duck with fennel and black forest sauce, just to name a few.
The ocean board and vegetarian board are great to share at lunch or dinner, and there are also plenty of seafood dishes to choose from.
Zucchini fritters with haloumi, kale, avocado salsa and poached egg for breakfast is already a hit.
With dietary concerns these days, eating out can sometimes be tricky; we have tried to address this with several gluten free and vegetarian dishes.

What events have you got running over the next few months?
Every Thursday night is blackboard night; we have entrees for $10, mains for $20 and desserts for $10, and a glass of wine is $5. Enjoy a delicious global menu, and it’s different every week.

What would you choose from the menu for dinner?
I would have some freshly shucked oysters followed by the confit duck with braised fennel, witlof and black forest sauce. If I had any space left, it would be crème brûlée with rhubarb compote.

Do you source your products locally?
Yes, whenever possible that is the first choice; our vegetable and fruit supplier supports local growers. Our seafood and meat suppliers do the same.

You are a very popular wedding destination. Tell us about your packages and how we go about booking …
Surf St Café is the perfect venue to celebrate your marriage or any special occasion. Right on Emerald Beach with unrestricted views overlooking the ocean and S.W. Solitary Island, your guests will love that you’ve invited them here! Your ceremony may be held in one of the many stunning locations on the beach or headland overlooking the ocean – and only a short walking distance from your reception venue.
We can help with all aspects of your wedding or function; our friendly staff are very happy to assist.
For enquiries, call direct to Surf St Café: 6656 1888 or visit ourwebsite:

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