Ballina turned out to be a very nice surprise all in all: nice accommodation (we stayed at the Ballina Manor), beautiful river, and wonderful food!
Set right by the river front Pelican 181 serves mainly seafood - and we were not complaining. To start my husband had the deep fried prawns. While he liked the batter and seasoning (very nice prawns too) we were not sure about the pile of Thai sweet sauce they were sitting on. It would have been much better if they served it on the side instead.
My calamari was very nicely cooked indeed: all the pieces were big and juicy.
My husband's surf and surf (haha) with king prawns and snapper. He said it's rather average unfortunately and not worth talking about to be honest.
My pasta with kind prawns with chili oil was a lot more successful. Loved the sauce and I couldn't even count how many prawns there were with so many of them.
Too bad we didn't have room for desserts!
12-14 Fawcett St., Ballina, NSW. Tel: (02)6686-9181