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Balmoral Boathouse

Address
Address:
2 The Esplanade
Balmoral NSW 2088
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 2 9968 4412
Fax : +61 2 9968 4820
Cuisine
Cuisine: Cafe
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
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From the sandy dunes of Palm Beach to the leafy ‘burbs of the lower North Shore, The Boatshed Café is now at Balmoral Beach. Foodies desperate to get a dose of The Boatshed won’t have to drive the extra 30 minutes to get to the Northern Beaches and what diners save in driving time, they are sure to make up in the frequency of their visits.

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If a restaurant could smile, then The Balmoral Boathouse would constantly be sporting an ear-to-ear grin. Even on a dreary winter day, the cafe is beaming. It’s hard to pin-point the exact source of this effervescent energy – perhaps it’s the married couple beside us, sharing a glass of pinot or maybe it’s the mother and teenage daughter sitting opposite, simply enjoying each other’s company as they nibble on hot chips as they gossip away. The huge vases of freshly cut tulips and hydrangeas and bowls of fresh fruit certainly don’t dampen spirits and the staff, who busily jog around with plates of food and drinks, seem to all be contagiously happy.

Don’t come here, expecting to get-in and get-out. It would defeat the purpose of a venue like The Balmoral Boathouse. For virgin visitors, I’d order a fresh juice, while you appreciate the stunning views of Middle Harbour, and wait until a table comes available (which you will inevitably have to do). Don’t be precious about sharing a table too, if you manage to score a seat at one of the wooden picnic tables, count yourself lucky. Seafood seems like an obvious choice given the location. The beer battered fish and chips, served with fresh homemade tartare, is an enjoyable dish however the grilled swordfish with sautéed mushrooms, buckwheat and gremolata is more of a treat, despite also being the more calorie-friendly option. As you waltz out the door, feeling nourished and happy, pick up a bunch of fresh flowers to spread the Boathouse love with those who couldn’t join you.

Anna Lisle
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