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“Over priced, poor service and unimaginative menu” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cottage Point Inn

Cottage Point Inn
2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point, Warringah, New South Wales 2084, Australia
(02) 9456 1011
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Sydney, Australia
1 review
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“Over priced, poor service and unimaginative menu”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Valentines Day 2014 - $140 a head for a largely pathetic degustation menu of six tiny courses. First bit - 3 small tomato halves with a little bit of oil drizzled over the top. They were just average tomatoes. There was a nice small cube of beef but the rest was something most people could cook at home. The desert was an absolute joke...chocolate with rice bubbles. Service - waited 45minutes (after we went in to ask why we hadnt been served) for the "tomatoes" even when we were one of the first tables to arrive and from there it got slightly better but just lots of little annoying things. Three times offered only one of us more bread (ignored the other), didnt get the water we ordered five times. And the bill for this, one beer and four glasses of wine = almost $400. Been going there for 25yrs...no more as the last couple of visits its slipped. Great view but thats it.....no more for us.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“What a disappointment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

What a huge disappointment. I have been before (4-5 years ago) and loved it. No longer and will not be recommending or re-visiting. Understand there has been a change in owner, but that the operations are run by the same team – neither is working….

This visit left me feeling it has so gone downhill and is not worth the trek (especially when you have to have a designated driver as a taxi or sea plane to get there just makes the cost prohibitive except for locals or the very well off!).

It is certainly well over priced and can no longer live on it’s beautiful setting alone.

The spanner crab starter was lovely for the first couple of mouthfuls. However the gazpacho jelly – though delicious, I felt over powered the delicate crab.

Followed this with the barramundi – a 4cm square piece of ok cooked fish, far from the best barramundi I have had recently with a couple of clams/vongole (that had some grit) for $40 – ridiculous price for what it was. The broth was tasty ..not much more to say really on this!

Desert was the final disappointment. The soufflé tasted of frothed egg white and had a touch skin on the top. It had clearly been pre-mixed and cooked in a hurry. I should have known it would not be quite right when it arrive 10 minutes after ordering (whenever I have ordered a hot soufflé in even a ½ decent restaurant, you are warned there will be a 30-40 minute wait– this came in 10 minutes). It was clear there was something wrong when they came to clear the plates as I had only had a couple of mouthfuls and they asked how the desert was, so I told them what I thought. Their response of ““that is what a soufflé should taste like” dumbfounded me. In my 30 odd years of eating and loving hot soufflés NEVER have I had one that tasted like a ramekin of cooked eggwhite – my egg white omelettes have more flavour! To give some due, they didn’t end up charging this on the bill.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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7 restaurant reviews
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“Tranquility at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

An overall lovely experience. Only a short drive for us, longer for others possibly; but that's part of the experience overall. The view is amazing, there is no doubt about that, no matter what the weather. We watched the sun go down over the mountainous ridges. Service was very astute and informative; staff were on standby at all times to provide details and inquire, but were not pushy. Timing of the meals was also very good, not too long and not too short. Food itself was absolutely fantastic, delicious. A tranquil and lovely evening.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Best lunch on Australia day with shimmering waters all round”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We were dreamily nestled within this open air platform above the shimmering waters of Cowan Bay. In quick time we relished and gently devoured the pan seared scallops and the cured salmon tartare. Our taste buds were warming rapidly.
Lots of mesmerised focus on the shiny tableau of glistening waters and adjacent greenery,were dreamily interrupted with our mains. Seafood is the go,of-course. Poached mahi mahi and grilled atlantic salmon were a treat.The bottle of South Australian dry white kept us drooling at each other and the sparkle outside.We finished with a mango souffle. Yummy,and yummy again.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Incredible location, nice vibe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Arrived by seaplane ( run by Steve and Jenny ) from Rose Bay where Pier restaurant used to be, NOT the marina one...
To arrive by seaplane makes the experience enhanced. The restaurant is set in an incredible location.
The staff deliver the service in a very relaxed yet professional manner. The food was very good..
Will definitely return here.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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