The Northern Rivers is a place I now visit often to visit the in-laws. Every visit I start piecing together the places from Roy’s childhood. I sit in the car a tourist, while he drives me around the back roads to familiar destinations.
Pottsville is a sea side town that is so relaxed I just can’t believe that it is only two hours away from Brisbane. The main street has slowly transformed to accommodate more tourists who stop and visit the area. White Jade Cafe Restaurant was not their last time we drove through town.
With our bellies hungry after a swim in the ocean we needed to be fed. The restaurant is an old Queenslander that has been converted with seats out the front, inside and on the verandah out the back. As you walk through the main door to the right is a small store of clothes and nic-nacs.
The sea breeze kept us cool as we ordered from the menu.
Ploughman’s Platter – $16
Roy ordered the Ploughman’s to go with his beer. A chopping block filled with feta, olives, pork terrine, tomato relish, salami, sausage, blue cheese, artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes and crusty toasted bread. A grazing plate that comes can be for one shared at the table. The ingredients were not all typical of a ploughman’s the style seemed to lean more towards an antipasto plate with the amount of choice you have to sample the individual flavours. The terrine and fetta were highlights.
I ordered a monster chicken salad which had parmesan crusted artichoke as the draw card. I had never heard of such a thing until now. Though I am not sure it was a wise idea, as I seem to keep craving them. The salad was rocket and spinach mixed with roasted sweet potato mushrooms and eggplant with fresh tomato and onions. The grilled chicken sat on top with the parmesan crusted artichokes surrounding, topped off with crispy bacon crumbs for an added crunch. The salad was filling and the portion was large.
Monster Chicken Salad – $17