Try this: Customs House 

VENUE FOR EVERYONE: Chef Chris Coolahan on the long verandah at Customs House Newcastle. Picture: Phil HearneIF you are after cool harbour breezes, fantastic foreshore views, relaxing music and beautifully presented food then Customs House Hotel is the place for you.
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Head chef Chris Coolahan dishes up gourmet-style food with all the fanciness and little of the cost. It is the perfect venue to enjoy a light lunch with the girls or a romantic night out .

Customs House Hotel is also popular for weddings and functions.

Snacks: Spicy fried chicken wings with hot sauce $12; fries with aioli $8; wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce $10; nicoise salad with house-cured salmon $15; chargrilled steak sandwich with caramelised onion, rocket, housemade barbecue sauce and fries $16; crumbed chicken burger with aioli, rocket, tomato and fries $16.

Starters: Sydney rock oysters $18-$31; king prawns with avocado, iceberg lettuce and cocktail sauce $19; citrus-cured salmon with fennel, orange, mint and horseradish $18; vine tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad with olives $18; duck and cognac pate with cornichons and baguette $17; fried calamari with aioli $17; orecchiette with broccoli, raisins, pine nuts and parmesan $17.

Mains: Beer-battered fish and chips with tartare sauce and lemon $24; pan-fried snapper fillet with potato puree and burnt butter sauce $32; roasted spatchcock with grilled asparagus, zucchini and salsa verde $28; slow-cooked Black Angus beef cheek with carrot puree, spinach, speck and onion $28; lamb rump with potato gratin, green beans and rosemary jus $32; 200-gram grass fed eye fillet with Diane sauce and chips $33; 200-gram Riverina Angus sirloin with Cafe de Paris butter and chips $33.

Desserts: Chocolate souffle with vanilla ice-cream $14; strawberry Eton mess $14; orange and almond tart with creme fraiche $14; cheese plate with fruit and lavosh $22.

CUSTOMS HOUSE HOTEL

Address: 1 Bond Street, Newcastle

Open: Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Sunday for lunch

Phone: 49252285

Website:customshouse.net.au

Owner: Gabrielle McCabe

Head chef: Chris Coolahan