We arrived at Port Stephen, famished and craving for fish and chips. As it was our first time there, we guessed our best bet for fish n chips would be at the marina. Sandbar Seafood Takeaway, with it's close proximity to the entrance of the marina (it is located just to the left of the entrance) caught our eye.
Our eyes quickly scanned the menu and the majority of the group ordered either Fish n Chips ($9.90) or the special of the day 'Seafood Mix Grill' ($24.50).
The fish and chips were nothing to shout about. Although the batter was nice and golden, the fish itself was of the frozen variety and tasted pretty bland. The chips on the other hand were very tasty and cooked just the way I like it; crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
A big let down was the Seafood Mix Grill! The boys had qualms over the portion size of this dish. For $24.50 one would expect to get a pretty substantial amount of seafood but alas, this was not the case. Furthermore, the majority of the seafood on the plate were of the frozen variety and were either over cooked (mussels) or not very cooked (prawns, fish, squid) at all.
One member of the gang had the seafood pasta ($18.90). I didn't get a chance to taste this but she commented that it was something you could get out of a bottle.
To summarise our experience; well lets just say we were none too happy with our first meal in Port Stephen.
Sandbar Seafood Takeaway
Nelson Bay Marina
Nelson Bay NSW 2315
ps. We also had to fork out an additional 30 cents for tartar sauce to go with our fish and chips and for tomato ketchup too as I wanted some to go with my fries / chips!