There is something nicely understated about Port Macquarie’s finer restaurants, which exhibit big-city quality with none of the attendant showiness. The Stunned Mullet is the prime example of this – set inside an unprepossessing shop front and behind Town Beach, close to the Observatory Hotel, it is slickly designed and delivers delicious, Asian-accented fare and an excellent range of wines from around the world. Owned by Canadian Lou Perri and with executive chef David Henry at the helm, this is a bright and vibrantly social restaurant serving impeccable dishes such as pork belly and seared scallops with nuoc cham and Asian salad. Open lunch and dinner daily.

12 William Street, Port Macquarie; (02) 6584 7757

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