Friday, 27 December 2013
Down by the water: Sydney 2013/14
While this Sydney weather shows no signs of consistency, one thing is true: the water is warm, the humidity is off the charts, and it's time to head to the beach. Truth be known, beachside eats have never really been Sydney's strongpoint (save Bondi Icebergs and North Bondi Italian, R.I.P the latter), so it's a delight to see beach/adjacent dining lifting its game. Two will open in the coming weeks, so here's a chance to get a waterfront seat on what's happening in Sydney this summer.
1. Watson's Bay Hotel Beach Bar
It seemed that in 2013, nothing old in Sydney is beyond a bit of a reboot. Not even in the most established of establishment suburbs. The Watson's Bay Hotel has had a bit of a spit and polish of its own, and the beer garden has, in true Sydney form, been rebranded a 'beach club'. Featuring new and fancy typography and a menu that boasts seasonal, fresh coastal food including chilli mud crab for two, substantial salads, grilled seafood and (our favourite) ice cream sundaes, it may not win any awards in the food calibre stakes, but then again, it doesn't really need to. With a location as stunning as this, it's just great to see an establishment realising it shouldn't rest on the view alone, and so lifting its game on the food and bevvy front means that pretty much everything you take in, is a pleasure. Or at least, that's the goal.
1 Military Road, Watson's Bay, NSWhttp://watsonsbayhotel.com.au/beach-club/
2. Papi Chulo (opening NYE 2013)
Across the water and far away (from FBi) lies a golden and magical land named Manly. For those lucky enough to live nearby, or brave the trek to Sydney's Northern Beaches, you're in for a treat, come NYE 2013. Papi Chulo is set to open in the space that once held the much lauded Manly Pavilion where The Apollo chef Johnny Barthelmess once held post. If you're a fan of barbecue (and in this country, it's almost seditious if you are not), then Papi Chulo is for you. Inspired by the deep south of northern America, the cuisine is inspired by pit perfection - think succulent meats, smoked and barbequed into submission, unapologetically bold cocktails and spiced flavours a-go-go. Dishes destined to be favourites include sTo quote the most bogan American of them all, Guy Fieri, this is flavour town, bitches.
22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly, NSW