Despite being a self proclaimed ‘city-girl’, I adore Devonport. The sun, the sand and the unparalleled views of the city across the harbour are something special. And, this sleepy seaside suburb just got a whole lot better.
Trading from tomorrow, Devon on the Wharf will undoubtedly be a hub of activity, not only for locals and commuters, but for the hoard of visitors likely to be enticed over the bridge due to this new opening.
The sprawling restaurant is literally attached to the board walk. The spacious outdoor area is dotted with tall tables, leaners and loungers. While the dining room sits in between an open plan kitchen and a backless-bar—yes...order your drink, and rather than staring at a wall behind the bartender, here you’ll be able to be stare off into the bustling harbour with the Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge as the backdrop. This is one view that will never get old.
Nigar Ivgen and Alex Isik of Nazar Group certainly know how to set up and run a successful restaurant. With seven other outposts their offerings here are Turkish-influenced but take inspiration from other cuisines. They’re open from 5.30am (yes, that’s not a typo), where they’ll be serving coffee and beautiful cabinet food to all those going on and off the ferry. The dining room will open after that, serving all three meals of the day.
For breakfast expect standard fare: rostis, french toast, benes and porridge with the exception of ‘Breakfast in Turkey’— scrambled eggs with feta, manuka honey, tomato, cucumber, olives, fig jam and toasted pide. Lunch get’s a little more adventurous—there’s beautiful harissa prawns, sauteed to perfection and served on pide. And there’s a whole section dedicated to Souvlaki (Turkish tacos is their description). Their take on the Greek street food consists of choices of pulled pork, soft shell crab, sumac grilled fish or halloumi.
For dinner there’s a handful of beautiful mains to choose from, including the group’s signature Dolma—stuffed capsicum with either chicken or lamb. Or a traditional tajine with charred orange, couscous and yogurt parfait. Or if you don’t mind sharing, try one of their beautiful mezze platters that are piled high with beef cheek rolls, deep fried courgettes, beetroot tzatziki, mussels, breads and dips.
Devon on the Wharf has us buzzing for the warmer months ahead. We would suggest ditching the wheels - why drive there when the ferry is infinitely, and obviously, a better option? Grab your friends and hop on board with an appetite. You won't be disappointed.
Find out more about Devon on the Wharf, including opening hours here.