Berowra Waters Inn - Berowra Waters, Sydney
I recently had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday with a lunch at picturesque Berowra Waters Inn. The restaurant is in secluded location, only accessible by water with the short private ferry ride adding to the whole experience.
I've enjoyed the view of Berowra Waters many times during my bushwalking expeditions, but this was completely another level - the restaurant, service, and food were all spectacular, making this my favourite Sydney fine dining restaurant.
Berowra Waters Inn
We park near the public wharf and it's a short wait for the private ferry to come and pick us up for the five minute trip across.
B and I are seated by the window, overlooking the stunning view. Our lunch was on an autumn day where it started out sunny and then started to rain; luckily it was light rain and it only started once we were inside. It was actually quite nice and therapeutic seeing the rain in such a idyllic location.
Berowra Waters Inn offers a degustation menu only, which makes sense given it's secluded location, making it more of a special occasion restaurant.
We start with these gorgeous canapés, which at first glance look like delicate desserts, especially the chicken liver parfait tart. It's a lovely introduction to the six course degustation to come.
Sourdough bread with salted treacle butter
The house made sourdough has a nice crusty and is a great pairing with the slightly sweet, airy salted treacle butter. It's a hard task not to fill up on bread when it's this good.
Trout, bergamot and shiso
Scallops, apple and bacon
The degustation begins with the trout; a delicate and light starter, with a nice zing of citrus flavours, followed by the next course of huge seared scallops served with apple and bacon pureé. The scallops were one of my favourite dishes of the degustation.
Pork, coconut and pear
The pork is an interesting mix of sweet and savoury, with the crisp, salty pork crackling marrying well with the refreshing sweetness of the pear, and creamy coconut. The pairing of the pear and coconut reminds me of an asian dessert.
Beef, onion and tarragon
The beef had an amazing slow cooked texture, which meant that the meat barely needed any cutting with a knife, it was so tender. The charred onion add a sweetness to the dish, and the acidic sauce helps to cut through the richness of the beef.
Coconut and cucumber
The palate cleanser of coconut and cucumber was also a highlight; the coconut posset was creamy, but managed to remain light and refreshing with the addition of cucumber.
Almond and plum
Chocolate and beer
The desserts that followed the palate cleanser were very good as well, and the perfect way to round off the meal, with a syrupy almond cake and plum, followed by a unique combination of chocolate cake and stout ice cream. The flavours of the beer and chocolate worked surprisingly well.
Just when I thought I couldn't fit in another morsel, the plate of petit fours came out, and I order a coffee to accompany and slowly enjoy the sweets, enjoying the stunning view of course.
I loved the whole experience at Berowra Waters Inn - seriously, any excuse (anniversary or birthday coming up?) to escape to this beautiful and isolated location for a leisurely long lunch will do, it really is the perfect spot to treat yourself.