Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Boathouse Palm Beach

Well-known to the locals of the Northern Beaches, especially Palm Beach, is The Boathouse Palm Beach, a funky little cafe that is housed in the original Barrenjoey Boathouse on the edge of Station Beach.

Flanked by tall and grand pine trees in the front, we were welcomed by baskets of fresh flowers and fruits at the entrance. The light breeze also carried a whiff of caffeine, which made us think more of brekkie.

The interior design, as well as landscape design and horticultural backgrounds of both owners sure came in handy in making the place this inviting.

They used clear glass window shutters to compliment the simple and clean design of the place.

Not only does this allow the interior to look more spacious, it also allows more light to enter the building.

After deciding long and hard on what we were having for brekkie, we placed our orders at the counter with the many attractive sweets.

An old chap who was behind Xin Wen in the line saw me taking this photo and said to me, "Oh, come on, don't just take a picture of 'em, you know you want to have some! Order one and he'll give you two!"

We chose to sit outside on the large wooden deck. Who could resist the lovely weather?

They serve good coffee. Good enough for Xin Wen to order a mocha (she is so not a coffee person). I, on the other hand, enjoyed a cup of soy chai latte.

Xin Wen chose to have the mushroom toast, which is a dish of sautéed mushrooms, haloumi, rocket and chilli jam on sourdough toast ($18.50). She loved it.

As I hardly have anything fishy at home, I ordered a dish of smoked salmon eggs.

My plate had poached eggs, spinach wrapped in smoked salmon topped with goats cheese and balsamic glaze on a piece of soy and linseed sourdough ($18.50). This was so worth its price, as the salmon was so fresh.

Michael ordered something out of the ordinary. You see, Michael and fresh produce normally do not go hand in hand. But on this morning, he ordered himself a large bowl of breakfast muesli (S $8.50, M $10.50, L $12.50).

An individual selection of bircher muesli, granola, naturally sweetened yoghurt, rhubarb compote and/or berry coulis tastefully presented on a Boathouse serving board, we had to help him finish it! We loved the generous serving of fresh fruits, yum!

Boey loves pork so he had fried eggs with grilled bacon and roasted roma tomatoes on thick cut crusty sourdough ($16.50).

Yup, the sourdough was thick, alright.

A place with great ambience run by people who looked like the love what they are doing, I would say that this is the place I would bring visitors to for that all important positive first impression of Sydney's cafe culture. But I think, the next time I pay them a visit, I would not be as lucky as this time to grab a table so quickly!

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The Boathouse Palm Beach
Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach, NSW 2108
Tel: +61 2 9974 3868
For weddings and functions, contact Rhiannon Swan at
Open daily for Breakfast (7:30am - 12:00pm) and Lunch (12:00pm - 3:00pm)
Note: They do not take reservations.

1 comment:

Thristhan said...

Great food with a fantastic view, simply perfect.