It’s The Boathouse but not as you know it. You won’t find a burger and chips or shared seafood platter on the menu at the new Rose Bay restaurant. Taking over the old Pier Restaurant site (and most recently Regatta) this is a more upmarket offering compared to the casual beachside dining people have come to know The Boathouse brand.
Their signature Hampton’s holiday house aesthetic comes with more elevated luxe coastal interiors (check out the lobster wallpaper on the way to the bathrooms, it’s fabulous).
On the lunch menu, you’ll find freshly made taramasalata with perfect little blinis, warm homemade bread with whipped butter, lobster ravioli, and a retro prawn cocktail. Unlike its other venues where activewear is the norm, here it’s well-clad Eastern-suburbs locals in designer heels and linen shirts.
Pricing is on par with its neighbour Catalina. You won’t get much change from $100 per head for some shared entrees and a main each. Add a few drinks on top and your bill will easily rack up making this more of a “special occasion” type of venue.
Downstairs however is a kiosk for those wanting that same beautiful view with a more limited menu and casual dining. Assorted breakfast items including buttermilk scones, bacon & egg rolls and smoked salmon fritters feature on the menu. While for lunch you’ve got a limited choice with a few salads, fish & chips, dory burger, and steak sandwich.
If you’re looking to visit the restaurant on a Saturday or Sunday you’ll need to book at least a week in advance. Forget about putting your name down for a walk-in table if you’re not there as soon as they open at 11.30am. An early dinner could be an option. Come summer and daylight savings this would be an incredible spot for sunset drinks and dinner on the water.