Hiya café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! So I know that I normally review and write about cafés in Melbourne, but as I was recently in Sydney I thought that I’d write about the places that I visited while I was there.
I went to The Boat House on a Friday in early June for lunch, just a few days before the big storm. I went my cousin Brad, his lovely wife Kat and their cute little boy Hunter. Kat had wanted to try the Boat House for the longest time and since I was visiting from Melbourne she thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to go.
It was quite busy when we arrived and as it was raining everyone was trying to get a table inside or out on the deck which was covered and protected from the wind.
FOOD & DRINKS
The Boat House have a fantastic menu, which offers both breakfast (until 11:30 am) and lunch (until 3pm). I had to take a copy of their menu off their website as we weren’t given physical menus. The menu is on the wall next to the counter where you place your order.
The following photos were taken off The Boat House website at the start of June 2016 and might have changed. I will link The Boat House website at the bottom of this review if you want to check it out.
For the first time in a long time I didn’t order a coffee. I didn’t think that a burger and a coffee would be a good mix, so instead I ordered a soft drink. But after seeing how fantastic their coffee looked after browsing The Boat House website I just had to post a photo and show you. The following photo was taken from The Boat House website and as said before I will post a link to their website at the bottom of the review.
I ended up ordering the beef burger, which was served with cheddar cheese, grilled onion, bacon, lettuce, pineapple and beetroot, with a serving of chips with relish and pickle.
I loved that it was served on a wooden board, lets be honest we all get sick of the same old boring white plate and I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets excited when a café/restaurant uses something different.
The burger patty itself was incredible! It was so thick and juicy that it would drink down you hands with every mouthful that you took. I’m not normally a fan of beetroot and I know that most Aussie’s love it on their burgers but I personally feel that beetroot normally tastes like dirt, but in this case it tasted great and really helped to enhance the flavour of the beef.
I thought that the relish was something quite different; it had an interesting flavour, one that is hard to describe. But I thought that it went really well with the chips and was glad to have something other than tomato sauce.
Kat ordered the beer battered flathead, which was served with chips, boathouse tartare sauce and fresh lemon. When it arrived at the table we all thought that it was presented nicely. Let’s be honest, it’s difficult to present fish and chips in a creative way, but I think the boathouse chef did an excellent job.
It was a huge serving! It could have feed two people, as there was so much fish and quite a number of chips. Kat said that the fish tasted great and had a fantastic flavour. Kat is also a huge fan of hot chips and therefore knows a good hot chip when she sees one. She said that they tasted great! They were thick chips that had a slight crunch on the outside and were soft on the inside. The chips were almost a meal by themselves, as they were so big and filling.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The Boathouse is located in Palm Beach, which is the jewel of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The Boathouse has a number of tables located within the restaurant/café, as well as outside (in the front and overlooking the water). It has a beautiful view of the beach and the water and it’s so peaceful looking out across the water. I can only imagine during the warmer months of the year, those tables over looking the water are very popular and I’m sure people line up for ages just to get one.
When we sat down I noticed that all the chairs outside had a blanket on them. I thought that this was a fantastic idea, as guests/customers can still enjoy their surroundings and the view and keep warm.
The employees were all so friendly and helpful. They brought little Hunter a high chair and brought extra blankets to make to more comfortable for him and to make sure he didn’t slip out.
The Boathouse also holds private functions including weddings. I’ll link their website below and you can have a look if you are interested.
The only thing I didn’t like about The Boathouse was that you have to order your food and drinks at the counter. I prefer table service as you have time to think about what you want and if you want something else throughout your meal you don’t have to line up. But as they are always busy, I understand that this is easier for them to manage.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOAT HOUSE
Address: Governor Phillip Park, Barrenjoey Beach, Palm Beach, Sydney, NSW
Phone: (02) 9974 5440
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8/10
Have you visited The Boat House before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,