Today we’re venturing away from Gold Coast shores, not very far of course, to bring you very good news from the sweet little seaside village of Pottsville.
Just a short, half hour(ish) drive from the Coast, Pottsville is a hidden paradise with all of the sleepy, never-want-to-leave vibes and we suggest you pop down for a visit at the earliest available opportunity.
Particularly because a new, contemporary Australian restaurant, Pipit (cute name), has opened in the last week and it’s the (exceptional) work of award-winning chef Ben Devlin and partner Yen Trinh.
Having grown up close by in Byron Bay, and spent four years creating exceptional dishes at Paper Daisy in Cabarita, Ben felt it was time to open his first venue in the area. And Pipit it is.
The naturally-lit space is an open plan style of setup with polished concrete floors, a chic minimalist vibe, high bench seating looking out into the street and also (our fave) around the bar into where the chefs are whipping up all kinds of goodness.
From preparation to plating, watch the chefs work their magic while sipping on one of many five-star tipples on offer.
Pipit’s menu will be a celebration of the Northern Rivers’ coastal lifestyle, great produce and wood-fired cooking. It will change often (sometimes daily) to showcase the best available ingredients and you may choose your own adventure with an a-la-carte style of dining on offer or, our recommendation, letting the chefs choose for you with either four or seven courses.
If a-la-carte is your thing, there are of course, several dishes we recommend from the current menu.
To start, Eggplant tartar style with fresh peanuts, chicory and shiitake mushroom, no question.
For mains, Pipis steamed with kelp served with potato, macadamia and wing beans, Hot smoked mackerel with grilled bamboo, beach mustard and brown butter and Baby grouper with pomelo, lemon balm and fennel. It’s all incredible though, obviously.
Dessert should probably be Spent beer grain parfait with custard apple and wattleseed ganache. Trust us.
So, if a little roadtrip down south complete with a refined dining experience in a stunning space is on the cards this weekend (when isn’t it), make Pipit your venue of choice.
It’s more than worth the drive.
LOCATION: 8 Coronation Ave, Pottsville
HOURS: Lunch Friday to Monday and dinner Thursday to Saturday
Words by Kirra Smith