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Sails on Lavender Bay

2 Henry Lawson Avenue,
McMahons Point NSW 2060
Tel : +61 2 9955 5998
Fax : +61 2 9922 5484
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Chef: Nathan Darling
Price Range: $$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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This modern restaurant, located right on the water’s edge of McMahon Point, offers breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Bridge, creating a perfect backdrop to impress clients and guests. With an inspiring Modern Australian menu focused on fresh seafood, a tempting wine list and carefully crafted cocktail menu, Sails on Lavender Bay comes highly recommended.

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Located right on the water’s edge in McMahons Point with uninterrupted views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. An 8-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. Also accessible by water taxi, taxi, bus or car with the drive down Blues Point Road offering one of the most spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House, harbour and the city.

Sails on Lavender Bay is perched on the shores of Sydney’s magnificent harbour, a spectacular sight during the day and night. Sails is the perfect venue for corporate or private functions, hosting up to 100 guests for sit down functions and 120 for cocktail functions. Private dining for groups of 11 – 20 can also be accommodated in the private dining room.

Waterside dining rarely gets better than this. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words" but, in this case, I would have to disagree. Photos just don’t do this restaurant justice. It is only when you are seated, looking out towards Sydney Harbour, with the Harbour Bridge looming above and Luna Park sparkling to the left, that one can fully appreciate the beauty of our stunning city.
Even after the sun set, the Harbour took on another, yet equally spectacular, form. We could see silhouettes of bridge climbers perched on the upper arch of the Habour Bridge while the harbour in front was abuzz with jet cats speeding hoards of city workers home to burbs.
270-degree glass windows allow diners uninterrupted views from every seat in the restaurant. The interior does not have much character – it is simple and elegant and yet comfortable. Despite being a fine dining restaurant, the staff are vivacious, making guests feel relaxed and at ease.

Renowned for their cocktails, we ordered a selection of classics such as mojito and caiprioska, along with a citrus blush – as recommended by the waiter. The caiprioska let the team down slightly however, the mojito and citrus blush were standouts. An entree of seared scallops with a carrot and ginger puree continued our glowing approval – the small dollop of cumin yoghurt combining the dish. The Indian flavour of the dish was unexpected and, as a table of spice-lovers, made the dish more pleasurable than we imagined. The freshly shucked oysters were as they should be – fresh and untouched, with just a drizzle of mignonette dressing. A main of Jerusalem artichoke and potato ‘feuilette’ made me appreciate vegetarianism more than ever, while the roasted duck breast with lentils was perfectly balanced.

I’m the first to dismiss the North Shore as a place for fine dining. It is not for its lack of restaurants but rather it is the feeling of sameness about them all. After a night at Sails, my attitude has changed. Sails is at the top of my list and not just for Sydney, I would recommend it Australia-wide.

Anna Lisle

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The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012

 2 Glasses in Australia's Wine List of the Year 2012
Fine Wine Partners Gourmet Traveller Wine

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Sails on Lavender Bay - User Reviews

Nora Pienovi:

I am now retired however I have enjoyed taking many overseas/colleagues from Japan to Sails on Lavender Bay and all have thoroughly enjoyed the excellent food, service and the fantastic view. I loved your tasting plate and the duck main course. Thank  21/10/2012

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Dined there on Sat 30th June 2012, great table on the water with good views. Had scallops as entree - they were hardly cooked but sauce was nice. Had the lamb dish for main, the braise was too dry and the loin was tough even though it was cooked med/rare, overall we were disappointed and did not stay for  02/07/2012

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Restaurant Features
Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning/Hatted
Harbourside Dining
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Weddings
Waterside Dining

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