Want to feel you're a fly on the wall in a reality TV drama following the trials and tribulations of a uniquely located restaurant? Then Peats Bite is the place for you. Our one night adventure started with being picked up by the venue's boat at Kangaroo Point, the only way to get to the restaurant other than taking your own boat (or sea plane). We soon established that the boat was being driven by the owners' son, who proceeded to spend the journey talking to another passenger, who appeared to be a customer of long standing. We listened enthralled to tales of woe about staff and family relations, just what you want to hear when you're about to spend hundreds of dollars eating, drinking and sleeping at your chosen weekend retreat. A nervous arrival was soothed when we were shown to our accommodation for the night - 6 private cabins with loft bedrooms arranged along the shoreline with fantastic views across the Hawkesbury from your own piece of private deck. The banquet lunch then started in earnest, with excellent tapas dishes to start, followed by a seafood course, and then excellent mains. The rain had eased off by the time of dessert, so staff kindly moved us to a table outside by the water. It was a relief to get away from the steaminess of the sheltered dining area, and to put some distance between ourselves and the cabaret act that started at about main course time. If you've ever seen Vic Reeves do his 'club singer' slot on Shooting Stars, then you'll know what you're in for. The food and entertainment was over by 4pm, at which point those guests not staying for the night departed by boat and sea plane. We retired to our deck to watch the sun go down and the fish jump in the Hawkesbury. It's as well to be getting on well with your partner at this stage as there's not much else to do until the morning other than enjoy time alone together in a romantic setting. Although there is a pool to enjoy, where my partner was subjected to more tales of family discontent as the owners finished up for the day. Breakfast the next day was excellent, but we were both relieved to find ourselves back at Kangaroo Point later in the morning and away from the docudrama. In summary, the food was great and the paid staff were obviously trying their best. What let our stay down was a lack of customer focus from the owners - at times we felt like we were a sideshow to the main event of what appeared to be (from the easily overheard conversations) an ongoing family saga. A little discretion would have gone a long way to making us feel like valued (paying) customers. Talking of value, we felt ripped off to be charged $50 to be ferried to the restaurant by the owners' son - if you choose to site your establishment where customers can only get there by boat, then you really should provide complimentary transport. $280 for an overnight cabin? Perhaps a bit steep when you consider you're left to your own devices from 5pm onwards. We wouldn't go back, it's a once in a lifetime experience, but then again we wouldn't recommend not going. Just be prepared for an unusual time.
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