With its natural harbour and strings of sandy beaches all packed with cafes and restaurants, Sydney has restaurants with water views galore. Here some of the best.
Andrew Boy Charlton Poolside Café
Three tasty ideas: fishcakes, quail egg and tarragon mayonnaise. A delish start to a Sunday after some serious laps in the pool with stunning Woolloomooloo views. Not a swimmer? Then just enjoy the fresh fruit frappes – passionfruit, mango and orange – for us, while savouring the ‘one hat’ food with your choice of java shot or a lemon and ginger tea. Outdoors, cushioned chairs are perfectly placed to bask on the terrace in the Sydney sunshine. Hard to beat.
1C Mrs Macquarie’s Road, Lady Macquarie’s, Andrew Boy Charlton
(02) 8354 1044 www.abcpool.org
You couldn’t get more Sydney
If you tried. Dining al fresco, amazing seafood and sashimi while watching the seaplanes and the pelicans that come to perch while you dine on the balcony. It just is one of the classiest places to brunch. Try house smoked salmon, duck egg and brioche and make sure someone plumps for the ever-so- light pan fried snapper with creamy perfectly whipped mash and lemon caper butter. A treat.
1 Sunderland Avenue, Lyne Park Rose Bay (02) 9371 0555 www.catalinarosebay.com.au
Venture through the laughing gates and savour flavours as well as the sights of the bridge and Opera House. Pre-book the corner table so you can sit smack bang against glass walls and neither of you misses out on the 180-degree views. Look out for the two-course specials. The Persian feta salad with spiced roast pumpkin is superb or the caramelised lambshank and olive terrine scores points. We are sweet on the lemon delicious pud with cream and a citrus wafer too. Share? Sure. But expect to battle it out with your date for the last bites.
1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point (02) 9033 7500 www.thedecksydney.com.au
Impress the out-of-towners on the tip of Clovelly headland. This beachside space is light and airy and overlooks the sand and surf, sea pool and kid friendly beach. The simple menu has good veggie options and eggs with lots of sides. Don’t miss the roasted herbed tomatoes, fabulous Brazilian guava juice and babycinos for the little ones. Get there before midday if you want your eggs.
10 Donnellan Circuit, Clovelly Beach (02) 9664 5344 www.seasaltcafe.com.au
Whale Beach Kiosk
Next door to the posher Ripples is the kiosk with the best views of the big swell at Whale Beach and metres from the golden sands. As you watch the waves roll in and the surfers park up and race straight into them, order a cheeseburger and sit under large white umbrellas with a large latte. It’s all just so cucumber cool and how beach life rolls in the Northern beaches. If payday precedes the weekend then a long lazy Sunday brunch at the slightly exier Ripples means rock oysters or delicious seafood tasting plate.
24 The Strand, Whale Beach (02) 9974 5111 www.ripples.com.au