These days we live our life in the fast lane. No longer do we have that one day of the week where the world sits still. So as a family we decided to make a special effort and spend Sunday together. Palm Beach is a treasure of the Northern Beaches with its lighthouse and sandy beaches. A perfect location for a very trendy café, ‘The Boathouse’.
Market style fresh fruit and veg decorate the main entrance. Teddy bear glasses hold kids milkshakes, coffees are stamped with chocolate anchors and items such as sourdough bread are up for sale. Interior designer Brianna Russell definitely knows how to illuminate a room!
We walked into what seemed to be organized chaos! Not knowing whether to wait for a headwaiter, find a table or stand in an extremely long queue, which showcased the very busy kitchen. The majority of staff were teenagers who lacked supervision.
We decided to line up in the queue and watch meals whizz past. The blackboard menu was hidden by a huge arrangement of flowers and we had to wait till we got to the counter to select our meal.
Service was extremely quick given the amount of people. We ordered the local beer battered flathead with tartare and chips as it is their signature dish. The fish was beautifully cooked however the chips were underdone. The tartare sauce was creamy and full of flavour. I wish I had ordered more!
The Caramelised Salad featured, as a main was the most uninteresting meal I have yet to have. Very average and should have been listed as a side. $16 dollars for sliced tomato, croutons, caramelised onion, basil and balsamic glaze is outrageous!
To top it all off the meat in the steak sandwich was full of gristle. It looked like a whole lot of ingredients thrown onto one plate including packet chips!
Arriving on a Sunday afternoon was probably the worst time to visit The Boathouse. Unfortunately the poor attention, an hour wait for the restroom and being served up glorified take away was a disappointment.