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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4 The Esplanade
Balmoral Beach
Tel: +61 2 9969 5050
Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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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.

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.
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
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86 pax
Award Winning / Hatted
Function for 100-300
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Romantic / Intimate
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
Waterfront Dining
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One Chef Hat
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One Chef Hat
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2014
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4 The Esplanade
Balmoral Beach NSW 2088
On the waterfront at Balmoral Beach, on the lower north shore, beside Mosman. The Bathers' Pavilion is accessible by water taxi which arrives at the southern end of the beach - only a 5-10 minutes walk to wharf to the restaurant along the beachfront.
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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