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Alexandra Gibson3 years ago

When food imitates art...

Fine art and fine dining always seem to go hand in hand. In a way, the preparation of good quality food is like artwork as the chef must cook everything to perfection before plating it up. The presentation of a meal can also make or break your experience at a restaurant, so if you're not willing to take chances then keep scrolling down. Visit these well-known art galleries in Coffs Harbour and pair up your experience with these three fine dining restaurants that certainly won't disappoint. Hover over beautiful pieces of contemporary art as the flavours of your meal linger in your mouth.

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Regional gallery is home to local and interstate artists looking to present contemporary and abstract art for exhibition. Throughout April there are three artists that are showcasing their work, all coming from very different backgrounds. Currently, Val Allen’s “A Celebration of Life” piece is grabbing the eyes of locals with its interesting and abstract approach to paint on canvas. The beauty of art is that you can interpret it in any way you want by seeing a mixture of visually exciting colours blended together. Later on in April you can also witness Salvatore Zofrea’s portrait painting – winner of the Archibald Price in 2014.
Where: Coff Street & Duke Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Charlie’s Restaurant

Enjoy fine dining, Charlie's Restaurant - Newcastle
Enjoy fine dining, Charlie’s Restaurant – Newcastle

Located in the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, you don’t need to be a tourist to enjoy fine food. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can head to this fantastic restaurant after a look through the gallery. They have eight main courses to select from on their lunch menu, made with premium and fresh produce from the area. Find yourself digging into crispy skinned Tasmanian salmon and king prawns served with a tomato and fennel compote, or simply head to Charlie’s cocktail bar to grab a refreshing beverage before going on your way.
Where: CNR Pacific Highway and Bay Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2000

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery

Bunker Cartoon Gallery
Bunker Cartoon Gallery

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery was originally an old bunker in 1994 which was converted into an art gallery to showcase thought-provoking work. Since its transformation, it now hosts two main exhibition areas for viewers to visit and discuss contemporary issues relating to the featured pieces. What makes this art gallery different to anywhere else you have been is its feature of cartoon art which is comedic and light-hearted but still holds a strong political or social message. The current exhibition presents artwork incorporating themes of social concern, relating to youth and elders in Australia.
Where: John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Shearwater Restaurant

Tuck into this fantastic dish, Shearwater Restaurant - Coffs Harbour
Tuck into this fantastic dish, Shearwater Restaurant – Coffs Harbour

The view over the water at Shearwater Restaurant is so stunning it almost looks like a beautiful contemporary painting brought to life. Their team of 17 bring you fresh and unique dishes that are accompanied by fine wine and an atmosphere that is simply divine. If you don’t want your kids to miss out then you don’t have to worry as they have a menu encompassing breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and a menu for your little ones. Head to this restaurant for breakfast and watch the sun come up before you decide to visit one of the many culturally rich art galleries in Coffs Harbour.
Where: The Edge Coffs Harbour 321 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Know another restaurant where you enjoy fine dining? We would love to know where you book a table for two.

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