The Boathouse-Palm Beach

The Boathouse at Palm Beach on weekends is humming – Palm Beach is an oasis no matter the weather – like this very cloudy day, but a real sydneycool weekend getway for some R & R. And after a bit of sun and surf – you need to refuel and relax.

The Boathouse at Palm Beach - cool Sydney cafe

The Boathouse is on the Pittwater side – through Governor Philip Park towards the Barrenjoey Lighthouse. You look out over the Barrenjoey Marina – watch the seaplanes take off or you can sit outside under the norfolk pines with a view of the park. You order inside the boathouse and grab your own table – a long wait to order but it wasn’t too long for a table.

Verandah - The Boathouse at Palm Beach - cool Sydney cafe

The food – pretty much standard fare for a beachside cafe – the obligatory fish and chips, burgers, steak sandwich, bucket of prawns. Trying to break from the obvious, we went for the szeuchan salt and pepper squid with asian salad ($21) and the trout pate ($20) with a couple of glasses of Innocent Bystander rose.

 

Salt and pepper squid The Boathouse at Palm Beach

The smoked trout pate was fairly innocuous – more smokiness would have lifted the flavour, maybe?  The mixed leaf and macadamia salad was the highlight – lots of macadamia nuts lifted what was a pretty lack lustre dish especially the massive hunks of panini on the plate. The squid was tender and a nice flavour and again the shredded Asian salad was fresh –  a good crunch and nice sharp edge with the dressing.

 

nnocent Bystander rose - The Boathouse at Palm Beach - cool Sydney cafe

The coffee, and the location are the winners at the Boathouse – the food is pretty much what you’d expect in a seaside cafe/restaurant like this. Well cooked, tasty but with basic effort in the presentation.

Smoked Trout Pate - The Boathouse at Palm Beach - cool Sydney cafe

The Boathouse at Palm Beach is not a cheap lunch – it is sharper than some of the other Palm Beach cafes and a great place to spend a couple hours – with a uniquely Sydney beach feel.

Towards Barrenjoey Point - The Boathouse at Palm Beach

 

Go for: Coffee, a glass of wine, the essence of Palm Beach

Don’t go for: a special meal or innovative food presentation.

 

The Boathouse at Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach NSW 2108

 

 

The Boathouse at Palm Beach

 

 
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