What’s on at Ripples

Eight years on and still making waves

Breakfast

Ripples Licensed Café at North Star turns eight years old this month and to celebrate, chefs introduce a sensational new Spring menu that brings the essence of local Tweed Coast and Northern Rivers produce to the table.

Inspired by Australian and international cuisine, along with its beachside location, the new breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are bursting with colour, flavour and freshness. Whilst acknowledging the shift in dining trends towards healthy yet flavoursome food with more vegetarian and contemporary dishes, popular holiday staples that regulars have come to expect at Ripples hold their place on the menu.

The new restrictions around buffet-style food service ended an eight-year tradition of the famous hot buffet breakfast, the alternative options take breakfast at Ripples to a whole new level.

“The Big Breakfast and Eggs Benny are on the menu, joined by some ‘insta-worthy’ creations like the Acai Granola Bowl, a morning burst of goodness with coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit, chia seeds and honey. For a hearty, on-trend kickstart to the day, chefs have combined potato, chorizo, cherry tomato, spinach, and capsicum with a white bean hash, topped with fried eggs and served on toasted flatbread.”

Chefs have also upped the ante on lunch-time burgers with Wagyu beef and grilled chicken options, and a mushroom and haloumi burger loaded with fresh salad. Asian-inspired Thai beef salad, crispy Asian pork and citrus salad, and panko-crumbed calamari, beer-battered fish and chips or pasta choices, will top up the fuel tank after a morning at North Star’s ‘super slides’ or swim at the beach or the pool.

The dinner menu has been designed with both in-house guests and locals in mind, with grilled barramundi, teriyaki salmon, Japanese pork noodle soup and beer-battered fish and chips, along with vego pasta and sirloin or rump steak with all the trimmings. Kids are always welcome and will find their favourites on the menu, including chicken nuggets and fish and chips.

The pandemic and subsequent changing landscape of the tourism and hospitality industry has presented the opportunity for North Star to review the dining experience at Ripples.

“We firmly believe the longevity of Ripples has stemmed from our long-term commitment to continually adapt to suit the needs of our guests. There has never been a time in North Star’s history when this has been more important.

“The team has always been willing to accept change and with restrictions around dining and food service constantly evolving, the next logical step was the introduction of a contactless ordering platform at Ripples.

“The new system streamlines dining, allowing guests to choose, order and pay for meals via their mobile phone from the comfort of their table, bringing an additional level of hygiene and safety on top of our already comprehensive COVIDSafe plan. The platform can also be used by locals or in-house guests wishing to order takeaway.”

With warmer months on the way, diners have the option of eating outdoors or enjoying a drink from the bar at Ripples huge, undercover alfresco deck. Happy Hours at Ripples are about to ramp up Saturday arvos in the coastal village with share platters, cocktails, happy hour drink prices and live entertainment on the deck.