BATHERS' PAVILION
Sydney, New South Wales

2016 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - One Chef Hat
The Bathers' Pavilion is the place to take visitors in Sydney. Even Sydneysiders will be quietly chuffed by the crisp, modern dining room designed to take in stunning views of Balmoral Beach. The restaurant serves dishes that showcase European culinary traditions, with seafood the star of the menu. Savour the meal and the service, then linger for the view, the rare wines and the digestives.
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General info

Address:

4 The Esplanade
Mosman NSW 2088

Suburb:

Mosman

Contact:

Cuisine:

Modern Australian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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DETAILS

The Bathers' Pavilion is housed in a Moorish inspired building that was built as a changing shed by Mosman Council in 1921. A multi-million renovation has created one of the most characteristic buildings in Sydney on the water. Flooded with natural light this unusual setting imbues the dining experience with a seaside holiday romance. Upstairs, the beach house ambience continues, with more spectacular views from function rooms that spill onto a large white terrace.

THE BATHERS' CAFÉ
Also located in the Pavilion is The Bathers' Café. The Café serves Mediterranean-style food in a casual atmosphere, with the choice of communal tables or more intimate cushioned booths for brekky with friends, a late lunch after a day at the beach or a fantastic afternoon tea. Pop in for morning tea, afternoon tea or a glass of wine or a beer.

PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS

Evoking images of all-in-one striped swimsuits, zinced noses and changing room huts, Bathers' Pavilion merges classic beach culture with a delightful gourmet scene. Sporting an enviable view that begins with the sand of Balmoral Beach and stretches as far as the eye can see past Manly's North Head, the sparkling blues and greens of the sea can't help but add to the restaurant's charm. While the weather-beaten sandstone facade nods to 1928, inside, the restaurant dining room is tastefully decked out in blues, browns and sandy tones. Cushions, comfy armchairs and throws give a homely touch to an otherwise primly set restaurant, and a fireplace takes over the sun's job in the cooler months.

Tapping into the beauty of seasonal produce, owner and head chef Serge Dansereau and chef de cuisine Alan Compton turn out an impeccable menu of modern Australian dishes. Merging traditional European techniques with fresh seafood and ingredients from Down Under, each dish carefully balances flavour and presentation. Both the steamed goat's cheese panzotti with olive tapenade, zucchini flower, baby tomatoes and anchovy butter, and the Moreton Bay bug with cucumber, majoram butter, frisee, crisp polenta and kipfler potatoes wins a lot of hearts. The nori-wrapped ocean trout with bok choy, green papaya and chilli salad and Vietnamese dressing wrestles for attention with beef tenderloin with brisket, potato, artichoke and roast shallot with porcini sauce. Finish, perhaps, with a risque wooer of menage a trios des chocolates with vanilla Anglaise; however, if the choice is all too much, opt for one of the famous degustation menus and leave it to the experts. There's a more casual cafe to the right-hand side of the building which still sports the amazing vista, and there's an outdoor kiosk which offers pre-made sandwiches and quiches.
Annabel Wise

Specials & Events

A Bathers Lunch with Tim Winton
Dates Mon 10 Oct to Mon 10 Oct
Location Balmoral Beach, New South Wales
Category Special Event
Description A Bathers' Lunch with Tim Winton The remarkable true stories of The Boy Behind the Curtain reveal an intimate ...
'Let's do Lunch' @ Bather's Pavilion
Dates Sat 01 Oct to Mon 31 Oct
Location Mosman, New South Wales
Category Special Event
Description Let's do Lunch, Monday - Friday throughout Octoberas part of the SMH Good Food Month Seared Kingfish with white beans, tomato and ...
A Bathers' Lunch with Silvia Colloca
Dates Thu 13 Oct to Thu 13 Oct
Location Mosman, New South Wales
Category Special Event
Description In her third cookbook, La Dolce Vita, Italian born Silvia Colloca responds to the misconception that Italian food is unhealthy with her honest, authentic guide ...
A Bathers' Dinner with Yalumba Wines
Dates Thu 20 Oct to Thu 20 Oct
Location Mosman, New South Wales
Category Special Event
Description Join the team at Bather's for a special 5 course menu with matching Yalumba wines For bookings call 02 9969 5050 between ...
Melbourne Cup @ Bather's Pavilion
Dates Tue 01 Nov to Tue 01 Nov
Location Mosman, New South Wales
Category Melbourne Cup
Description And they're off! For the 2016 Melbourne Cup! 3 course lunch in the Restaurant $98pp Reservations from midday ...
A Bathers' Dinner with Stephanie Alexander
Dates Thu 03 Nov to Thu 03 Nov
Location Mosman, New South Wales
Category Special Event
Description Thursday 3 November at 7pm In her milestone new book beloved cook and food educator, Stephanie Alexander, shares some of her favourite menus, most ...
Louis Roederer Dinner @ Bathers' Pavilion
Dates Mon 17 Oct to Mon 17 Oct
Location Mosman, New South Wales
Category Special Event
Description In October 2016 Bathers welcomes Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon to Australia to showcase the superb range of Louis Roederer Champagnes, and to launch the vintage 2009 Cristal ...

Functions

FUNCTION MENU
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
MAX SEATING
150 pax
Capacity
Capacity is 102 seated or 150 cocktail

Features

Award Winning / Hatted
Breakfast
Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Romantic / Intimate
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
Views
Waterfront Dining
AWARDS
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
One Chef Hat
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2015
One Chef Hat
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2014
One Chef Hat

Reviews

CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Julien Pouteau on 16/07/2015
I love to have lunch at Bathers Pavilion café in Balmoral. The food is always fresh and seasonal, the view is also fantastic.
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