It was my daughters birthday luncheon, Saturday after a very busy Christmas New Year.
Parking out the front, we were meant to be here. Summer lunch, water please, & we all do love seafood but there are some many choices in Sydney.
The boathouse was welcoming, the local area much more polished than the semi industrial working bayside I was familiar with i.e. parks, paths, bikeway etc then through the big swing door and up the stairs. Welcomed casually but pleasantly in the understated appropriate professional manner - not quiet welcome home stranger(that is how I was feeling- we had eaten here many times when Tony was still around and the place has maintained, perhaps enhanced, that familiarity) but positive and friendly. Iconically Sydney not tourist Sydney.
Tried a new to me Champagne Duval, I consider a Moet, Verve, Bollinger, Pol Roger would improve the otherwise very good, varied and eclectic wine list.
Wooli Oysters were a big hit as was the Brasserie bread (part of the company stable). My scallops were very good also. The skill in the kitchen was part of my decision to book.
Rule for seafood dinning - fresh, fresh, fresh produce and have the courage to present it as unadulterated as possible.
Mains with sides of walnut salad and chips followed. Of course I, like apparently 50% plus of the dinners (good sitting, not full but all the tables one would want to sit at were occupied and we were afforded an excellent table overlooking the bay, fresh fish markets and plethora of passing craft). The Snapper pie is an excellent dish, a signature from the start, and was as good as my memory.
I should state here, my wife is an exceptionally gifted culinary goddess.
This is not an inexpensive restaurant by any means, but I will return more frequently because it is not at all pretentious & emanating a casual style, professional kitchen and floor, excellent at what it does and decidedly Sydney. Ironically I knew two other dinners both from far afield.
Highly recommend without any reservations.
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