This is Sydney at its’ best – looking out across an idyllic bay to a national park lunching on perfectly cooked fish and chips, salt and pepper calamari and salad and this is on a winter’s day! The restaurant is the Boathouse restaurant, Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park,Palm Beach.On the Pittwater side of the peninsular the Boathouse looks across to Great Mackarel Beach which you can get to via the ferry which is just down from the Boathouse.
Now to the food in this great, modern rustic setting which also has a protected courtyard/garden area out the back. It’s a collective endeavour run by Pip Robb and Andrew Goldsmith with Executive Chef Gwyn Kelly and barista James Hoy on the coffee, winning them an award for his efforts. We didn’t have coffee just the local fish and chips and delectably tender calamari – despite how full I felt it all had to be eaten. The staff are young, the service friendly and done at just the right pace.
Palm Beach and Whale Beach, Sydney, are still places where people in the eastern suburbs have second houses, but it is also a really pleasant place to go for a drive without leaving Sydney. From the city it can take between an hour to an hour and a half to drive there and it’s certainly worth getting to the Boathouse.