The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach – 2 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach. http://www.theboathousebb.com.au/
Brought to you by the folks of The Boathouse, Palm Beach and Moby Dick’s, Whale Beach, The Boathouse opened up shop in the old boat shed at the end of Balmoral Beach, previously inhabited by an inconspicuous cafe. What a welcome addition to Balmoral – this is probably the most picturesque cafe I’ve been to in Sydney! Whether it’s the gorgeous location on the beach stretching out to the jetty, the leafy interior landscaping, the beautiful decor with perfect attention to detail, the smiling waitstaff or the fresh produce on display…you really cant help but feel happy when you arrive. It’s almost too perfect…
The place is a little chaotic when you first arrive. Having visited on a long weekend Sunday morning at peak brunch time, I expected to wait about an hour given the state of Sydney brunching these days. I was surprised to learn that you find your own table at the Boathouse – so we split up and within 5 minutes, found a table right by the water on the deck under some shade. Yes, 5 minutes! I actually didn’t see too many people waiting for tables. Next surprise is that you order and pay at the counter – the line was really long, but if you already have a table, this isn’t much of an issue! While you are waiting in the queue, you can admire the produce and decor on display – it’s really not that bad! I was delighted to hear that you can even order half portions – next time I’ll definitely order two half-portions of two dishes so I can try both!
What we ate and drank:
- Smoked salmon w poached eggs, kale potato bake and watercress ($22): very simple, yet absolutely delicious! The potato bake was a very nice addition to your typical smoked salmon w poached eggs brekky combo – I could taste the very freshness of the ingredients. Really enjoyed this!
- Avocado, tomato, goats curd & basil on charred toast ($18): T had this and she really enjoyed this one – looked mouthwatering! The green (avo), red (tomato) and white (goats curd) was really visually pleasing.
- Fried eggs w roast tomato & bacon on sourdough ($19): also another simple dish, done well.
- Tea, lattes: both of good standard, it was noteworthy the tray that the english breakfast tea came out on :)
- Mango smoothie ($6): I LOVED my smoothie – perfect, complete with a subtle hint of honey. Highly recommended!
While the food itself is very simple, it is executed very well, particularly with fresh ingredients. The service was really good – the staff came to our table a few times to check on us and to make sure we were having a good time.
I really loved my experience at the Boathouse. If you are OK with slightly pricey food and a somewhat chaotic experience getting your table and food, you will absolutely love the Boathouse. Picture perfect ocean views, the energy from kids frolicking in the water next to the deck, the fresh flowers and fruits on display, oasis-like plants filling the sun-filled deck…this is a little piece of paradise. You cannot help feel happy when you come here :)
To me it’s the essence of Sydney summer brunching - now officially my favourite cafe in Sydney!
the verdict: 9/10 – picture perfect with simple food, great service and an amazing ambience
don’t forget to order: mango smoothie & any combo with poached eggs :) remember you can order half-portions here!