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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Salt of the Coast: a Narooma gem turns two

Salt of The Coast in Narooma is celebrating two years since turning heads at the 2021 Narooma Oyster Festival when they first served their hibachi chicken and octopus sticks with onigiri, kimchi and miso veg sides. The dish was delicious and popular, with the hibachi drawing lots of attention. Best of all was the news that Salt would be opening at the Narooma Marina.

Salt of The Coast is Caroline and Imogen, ably assisted by a vibrant team, showcasing the region’s produce via their fresh, seasonal menus delivered with a strong focus on quality, simplicity, and a salt of the earth hospitality. With a great menu, excellent coffee, and a fabulous venue it isn't surprising that Salt has become the place to go for locals and visitors alike with, critically, the solid local patronage required during the off-season. In describing Salt it is clear that a passion and love of food is at the heart of the cafe. Imogen says "One of the main pillars of Salt is to support local producers and connect our customers with the abundance of fresh produce grown in the region. The food at Salt is reflective of this ethos meaning the menu changes seasonally, and there will be plenty of preserves, ferments and pickles. We believe in simplicity and letting good produce speak for itself. You can expect to find many of your classic cafe favourites as well as seasonal mix plates, flavoursome veggie bowls, grazing boards, and dishes inspired by our experiences".

Above: Images from the Salt social pages Imogen and Caroline first met in 2009 while working in a gourmet food and wine store in Canberra. The past decade has seen them both move around and experience their own adventures, to then settle in Eurobodalla. In opening Salt in 2021 Imogen said "Our individual passion for good food and good hospitality has grown, and the next chapter was to see us come together to share it with others.

"We are both down to earth, genuine and open minded people. Residents and visitors to the south coast alike know that this area is special. There is no pretension or expectation - it is somewhere that everyone is welcome, and everyone is respected.

We keep coming back to the idea of “salt of the earth”, which is where our name comes from and what we hope to personify". This year visitors to the Narooma Oyster Festival will be able to enjoy a sumptuous Salt breakfast overlooking Wagonga Inlet and the Narooma Marina before Festival gates open at 10am for the day. The pair have created a cafe that personifies the essence of Narooma and the South Coast by delivering a quality menu, sourced from local suppliers that pays respect to the very reason why locals and visitors return, time and time again. Why? Because it is the salt of the earth, it is honest, vibrant, and most of all open, comfortable, casual, inclusive and real.

You can find Salt at 30 Riverside Drive, Narooma 8am to 2pm Thursday to Tuesday.

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