Most places were heaving on the Saturday night, especially the outdoor seats on the Esplanade footpath with locals dressed to the nines for weekend celebrations. We take the short stroll around the block, seeing almost everything on offer, and settle on an upstairs Thai restaurant on the block behind the Esplanade.
It ticks all the boxes: pun name, waiting queue, BYO and spice aromas wafting out the door. When we get our table at N’Thai Sing, we decide quickly after having inhaled tempting food smells a while already.
|Satay chicken from N’Thai Sing, Church Street, Terrigal|
|Thai fish cakes|
|Tom yum soup|
|Som tum salad|
|Chicken pad see ew|
|Thai fried rice|
Featuring pineapple pieces among other fried rice regulars – egg, carrot, shallots – the rice was cooked with coconut of some form for an extremely rich, rather cloying dish that wasn’t so enjoyable.
|Prawn pad thai|
Our final dish was a green curry of scallops - another new dish for me, I’ve never really had curried scallops before, but here was the option (among the usual chicken, beef, pork, seafood options with the usual various curries).
It was a bit of a fishing expedition to find the tiny scallops, past the big chunks of pumpkin at the bottom of the sauce-filled bowl, and they weren’t anything special so I wouldn’t recommend this more expensive option over, say, a chicken curry.
|The wall of flavours at Terrigal Ice Creamery, Church Street, Terrigal|
They also offered the fabulous idea of serving half scoops – so one-and-a-half, two-and-a-half and so on. I love my ice cream, but on a cone, I’m a one-scoop girl. I’m way too scared of my top scoop rolling off, so a half scoop really reduces the risks here.
|Sweet Solutions, The Esplanade, Terrigal|
I know I won’t be finding any golden tickets, but the sheer pleasure of being able to walk about and grab jars, or the pre-packed packets behind the jars, or lolly bars from the huge selection is fantastic enough.
A trip to the beach is rarely complete without a trip to nearby eateries – be it fast food or perennial favourite, fish and chips. What is it about having fish close to its place of origin?
|Seafood platter from The Snapper Spot, The Esplanade, Terrigal|
The platter is a no-brainer: oysters two ways (or in our case, just Kilpatrick), grilled octopus, grilled prawn skewers, calamari rings, battered prawns and scallops, fish cocktails and a load of chips that would settle any grumbling tummy. We shared the platter for two between three, and were all quite stuffed afterwards.
We ambled along the Esplanade back to the car, maybe stopping along a frozen yoghurt store to end what was a terrifically relaxing weekend – so much so that I can’t wait for my next trip to Terrigal.