The Boatshed, La Perouse
The La Perouse peninsula (the northern headland of Botany Bay) would have to be one of the most underrated spots in Sydney. This hidden gem is a quiet little paradise where you will feel like a tourist in your own city each time you visit. With wide open space and loads of history, it’s surrounded by Frenchmans Bay, Congwong Beach, La Perouse Museum and the heritage-listed Bare Island – which some may recognise from scenes in Mission: Impossible 2.
There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities at this beautiful spot but once you’re done exploring, you’ll be needing some tucker and this is where The Boatshed comes in. After undergoing extensive renovations, this stunning waterfront venue has been a hit with locals and visitors since it reopened in late 2018. Overlooking Frenchmans Beach and embodying a nautical boatshed, the sun-drenched interiors feature timber ceiling beams and rich timber features with an appropriate navy and white colour scheme. And with waterfront views from its outdoor balcony, it’s the perfect spot to kick back.
If you’re visiting for breakfast, you can enjoy everything from Eggs Benedict and the Big Breakfast to the house-made granola with Greek yoghurt, seasonal fruits, coulis and berry compote. Or try something a tad naughtier like the Fluffy Ricotta Hotcake with passionfruit berry compote and maple syrup or the Knefeh French Toast with almond chocolate crumb, strawberry curd, seasonal fruit, pistachio and rose syrup – yum!
But if you like your seafood, lunch time is when you’ll want to come. The Boatshed is run by a family who were practically raised at the Sydney fish markets so you know the seafood here is top-notch and sustainably sourced. For something light, you can start with the fresh Sydney Rock Oysters, a bucket of Tiger Prawns, the Cured Ocean Trout or our top pick: the Scallops in ½ Shell. Featuring perfectly seared Hervey Bay scallops swimming in a flavourful Mediterranean sauce, they are simply delectable and will only have you licking your lips at what’s to come.
For something more substantial, there’s the Fish & Chips, Eggplant Parmigiana, a couple of Burgers, Lobster Linguine, Sirloin and Snapper. Also tempting is their signature Seafood Platter. This beast is fully loaded with Sydney rock oysters, tiger prawns, blue swimmer crab, salt and pepper calamari, seared scallops, BBQ baby octopus, crispy battered fish and chips – with added lobster at your discretion. But our favourites would have to be the crispy skin Tasmanian Salmon with steamed greens and the Queensland Barramundi with sweet potato puree, dutch carrots, broccolini, ginger and soy sauce. Filling yet bursting with flavour, these will no doubt have your taste buds excited. Absolutely delicious!
Wash it all down with your choice of their extensive range of local tap beers, such as Byron Bay Pale Lager and Malt Shovel Lagers XPA, or wine from McLaren Vale, Petaluma and Chapel Hill. Or if you’d prefer a cocktail, sip on an Espresso Martini overlooking the bay or try a Watermelon Margarita or a Passionfruit Mojito.
The Boatshed is open for both breakfast and lunch, six days a week. With its fresh nautical interiors, seaside vantage point and fantastic food, this stunning waterfront venue is the place to be whenever you’re in this neck of the woods.
1609 Anzac Parade, La Perouse
Open Tue–Fri (7am – 3pm), Sat–Sun (7am – 4pm)
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