Palm Beach summer lunch at Barrenjoey House

Barrenjoey House at Palm Beach was a good place for lunch a couple of years ago when chef Darren Simpson was at the helm. Many a fine meal was had there – the food was always fresh and well prepared. Of course there is no twisting of my arm needed to drive for 1 hour or so to Palm Beach because when you get there, it really is one of the great beaches around Sydney – so a swim is always on the agenda.

So off we go to try Barrenjoey House Restaurant – since a new crew has taken over the reins headed by executive chef Joel Robinson whose many feathers in his hat include working under celebrity London chef Mark Hicks (formerly the Ivy Restaurant) . On arrival we were greeted by the wait staff who told us we could sit where we would like as the restaurant was not busy. We went for a table by the window so we could look across to Currawong Beach and see the water and boats.

Barrenjoey House at Palm Beach - Sydney cool restaurant
Barrenjoey House at Palm Beach - a cool Sydney restaurant for lunch
One of the team at Barrenjoey House at Palm Beach - cool Sydney restaurant

Now to the important things – was it going to be a good lunch? My partner tried the spaghettini with spanner crab, zucchini flowers with pangrattato on top.  The crab was fresh, moist and perfectly cooked – the pasta al dente, as you would expect and overall flavours were well balanced. I had the market fish of the day – barramundi panfried which was moist with a very crispy skin and a nice strong flavour. It was perfect with the chorizo and salsa verde. This was well matched with a glass of Ingram Road Pinot Noir, as was a Geoff Merrill Grenache Rose that my partner had with the crab. For desert we shared affogato.

Barrenjoey House at Palm Beach - cool Sydney restaurant - crab with pasta and zucchini
Barramundi - Barrenjoey House - Palm Beach - Sydney cool

Verdict: The ingredients were noticeably fresh and well cooked, the flavours were all balanced by experienced hands in the kitchen – it was a good lunch.

PS It was such a perfect summer day in Sydney and we were at Palm Beach – so off for a swim.


Barrenjoey House Restaurant

1108 Barrenjoey Rd Palm Beach NSW 2108

sydneycool rating ♥


Barrenjoey House Website


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