This restaurant is in a lovely location on Blackwattle Bay in Sydney with a view of the Anzac Bridge. We arrived by taxi, but if you want to make a more dramatic entrance, you can arrive by water taxi. Greeted by friendly faces from the moment we walked in, the service was impeccable and the wait staff very knowledgeable about the dishes.
The menu changes daily, and fish/seafood is their speciality.
I had trouble choosing from the menu as the options all sounded so delicious, but in the end I went for a selection of oysters:
The selection included (clockwise from the lemon) Hastings River, Merimbula Lake, Port Stephen’s Rock, Wallis Lake, Wapengo River and Blackman Bay. My favourite was the Merimbula Lake, but they were all delicious and perfectly presented.
My companion chose seared Hiramasa kingfish with saffron, red peppers, almonds and chorizo. Again, a delicious, well executed dish. Every flavour in the dish was there for a reason and the freshness of the kingfish was apparent.
The restaurant’s speciality is snapper pie, and I saw lots of them being served to other tables. The pie looked very tempting, but is a large portion probably better shared. I ended up choosing the Bass Groper and my companion chose the Blue eye Trevalla served with peas, pancetta, spanner crab and lettuce.
We also had a side of brussels sprouts with a slow cooked egg and bacon cream.
The main dishes were excellent. My groper was fresh, good quality and tasty, with the beautiful herbs and vegetables complementing the dish perfectly. My companion’s Blue eye Trevalla was equally delicious, and the sprouts were also sumptuous, a very interesting way to serve them.
The restaurant also serves an array of unique cocktails such as this Bourbon and cinnamon based drink.
I loved the Mescal with spiced pear vodka:
Dessert for both of us consisted of Pistachio Cannoli with rhubarb ripple ice cream and salted caramel. A beautifully well presented dessert, just the right amount, and a perfect finish to a fabulous meal.
Coffee was presented with some little chocolate tart petit fours which were very yummy.
So will I go back to the Boathouse ? Yes absolutely, it is a first class restaurant. I struggled to think of a time when I had been served a better fish dish, and the only comparable meal that I could think of was at Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant in Padstow. I can’t wait to return – everything was top class- the service, the environment, the ambience and most of all the quality of ingredients, I had a fabulous evening at the Boathouse.