The Ferryman at Central Wharf Review

by Emilia Krumm

The Ferryman is located adjacent to Central Wharf, Davistown. It was a beautiful spring day when Klara, Emma and I sat on the veranda sipping a Davistown Southerly Buster Cocktail (Captain Morgan Rum, Galliano, Angostura Bitters, Orange and Passionfruit) and the See Saw Sauvignon Blanc, while taking in the magnificent views of the bay.

For starters we had the Twice Baked Goats Cheese Souffle – served with a Beetroot Balsamic Relish and an Apple Walnut Salad, the Portuguese Chicken Wings – Peri-Peri Mayonnaise with Fresh Lime and the Mushroom Truffle Arancini Balls (made with the kind of risotto that Italians would be proud of). Each mouthful of these starters was better than the one before!

For main course Klara chose The Sesame Roasted Barramundi with Asian Master Stock Broth, Spring Vegetables and Soba noodles. Emma chose the Prawn Spaghetti Arrabiata made with Tiger Prawns, Chilli, Garlic, Tomato and Basil and I chose the Grass Fed Beef Fillet with Dutch Carrots, Spinach, Potato Gratin and Red Wine Jus. The beef was tender and melted in my mouth. The Barramundi was flavourful, and the pasta was delicious and had just enough bite! The Chefs excelled themselves with all these dishes.

There was hardly room for dessert, but we could not resist trying the Baileys Crème Brulee with House-Made Chocolate Ice Cream and Shortbread that we devoured in accompaniment with good coffee!

Anna and John and their wonderful team took great care of us and are passionate about their restaurant (you can tell) and they should be proud of it, it is a wonderful restaurant!

The Ferryman is open for Weekend Breakfast from 8am to 11am. There are a few choices but the Smashed Avocado served on Toasted Spelt Sourdough with Lemon & Dukka or Good Old Bacon and Eggs would surely make you happy. Lunch is served from Midday to 3pm and Dinner from 5.30pm. The menu is seasonal. Happy hour is on Sunday from 3.30 – 5.30pm and the Happy Hour Small Plate menu is good value with Cheese platter and Dipping plates to share (to name a few). Bookings are essential.

Central Coast Ferries run from Woy Woy and Empire Bay to Davistown daily and there is every reason to take a ferry from Woy Woy to Davistown for a fabulous Weekend Breakfast or Lunch at The Ferryman or perhaps in the late afternoon, in time for Happy hour on a Sunday?

Photos ©Tara Chiu