Getting to Palm Beach is super easy from the Central Coast, Ettalong to be exact, as there is a ferry that runs there and back on a regular basis.
My lunch date was my Mum, I was up visiting her for the Easter Weekend. She had visited Palm Beach and dined at Barrenjoy House in late 2017 and raved about it-so we had to go!
We jumped on the FantaSea Ferry to Palm Beach from Ettalong for the short trip over at around 11am. The trip is roughly 30 minutes, however the scenery and views make it an adventure in itself. Before we knew it, we were pulling up at Palm Beach.
As we were running late due to tide issues, Mum had called ahead to let them know. When we arrived at Barrenjoey House they still had our table ready and it was one on the terrace at the front. This was wonderful, and we truely felt valued.
We started with a drink, I enjoyed the Lychee Berry Smash – a mocktail with muddled lychees, raspberries, fresh mint and lemonade. It was so refreshing and the berry smash made it a delightful purple shade.
Mum enjoyed a cocktail, the Andy Warhol – Vanilla Vodka, passionfruit pulp, egg white and prosecco. Perfect for the hot day, it was refreshing yet sharp. I am obsessed with the glasses they were served in. Does anyone know the name of them?
Mum with her Andy Warhol Cocktail
For starters, we ordered the marinated olives which were perfectly marinated. The marinade contained chilli, rosemary and what looked like orange rind. So tasty.
We also ordered a serve of the sourdough which was toasted with garlic and parmesan – I have had “garlic bread” before but this was next level. Light, crispy and with a hint of garlic.
Service was extremely fast, I felt perhaps, a little too fast. I wanted to sit and enjoy my lunch and take my time however there was little time between drinks/starters/mains etc. Our waiter was so lovely and attentive and offered suggestions on the menu. I always love when the waiter is happy to have a chat.
For our main meal, we each had the seasonal seafood platter. Priced at $42, I felt there could definitely have been more seafood on the plate, perhaps a full Balmain Bug rather than half or even a side salad. However in saying this, the seafood was cooked to perfection. The Balmain Bug was sweet and tender, the prawns firm and the fish lightly battered.
Next up was dessert. I chose the Affogato. I actually hadn’t tried one of these before but was craving a good coffee. It didn’t disappoint. With the perfect serve of vanilla bean gelato, it was presented with the espresso and Frangelico in separate shot glasses. I loved pouring it over the ice cream myself, it added a sense of fun to the dish. It also featured a piece of almond biscotti.
Mum enjoyed the dessert special, Eton Mess, which was pleasant and surprised us both as it had banana in it. This added a different texture, alongside the meringue. It was light and refreshing.
Both desserts were $15
Mum enjoying dessert, Eton Mess
After we finished dessert we decided to head off and explore Palm Beach (especially the shops). We had a look through the dining area, ensuring we weren’t in anyones way. The interior is gorgeous, with Morrocan light fittings, beautiful leather lounges and a gorgeous fireplace. Beautiful mirrors are featured throughout the spaces, I especially loved the one above the fireplace.
My only concern with lunch was the way my Mum was spoken too by a waitress, well berated. It was unfortunate, my Mum was standing in front of an opening door which the lady opened into my Mum. Rather than apologise the waitress was extremely rude to my Mum. Mum apologised for being in the way and we moved on.
I went to the bathroom, and overheard the waitress talking poorly about my Mum to another waitress, who then rolled her eyes. This was extremely unprofessional and uncalled for and has left a bad taste in my mouth.
Even with this poor customer service experience, I would return to Barrenjoey House. The other staff were fantastic, the food perfectly cooked and presented and its also has a great vibe.