We set off for Patonga at 10am on a beautiful Saturday morning, to find parking close to the Boathouse Hotel (formerly Patonga Beach Hotel), before it got too busy (and it did!).
The location of The Boathouse Hotel has a perfect view of the bay, in a truly idyllic setting, good food and a wide range of beverages, how can one go wrong? The atmosphere is casual, the service excellent, with clear attention to detail.
We were enticed by the cocktails menu. Klara had the Passionfruit Pavlova with passionfruit pulp, Chambord, vodka, lemon, eggwhites, fairy floss and meringue, Emma had the Mint and Lime Mule with vodka, lime bitters and fresh ginger juice, and I had the Pomegranate Mojito with pomegranate seeds, Palma liquor, white rum, lime, mint and house syrup. Matteo and Luca, (being aged under fifteen) had the Passionfruit Pavlova Mocktails, as they did not want to be left out of the celebration. The beverages were beautifully presented and completely refreshing on such a hot day!
Emma, Matteo and I shared the seafood platter which was enormous and unique. It had fresh Sydney rock oysters, a yummy smoked trout pate with sourdough, fresh beer battered flathead, tender squid, cold Queensland tiger prawns, spicy kingfish ceviche, all served with a generous helping of chips and salad. It was a veritable feast!
Klara had a really tender scotch fillet served with broccolini and chips which she relished while Luca had the best cheeseburger that he has ever tasted off the kids menu!
Emma and I regretted that we did not have the coconut, lime and pineapple bavarois or the salted caramel tiramisu for dessert. They sounded so delicious, but we were too full, it has certainly given us a good excuse to go back again and try them soon!
The Boathouse Hotel is most certainly worth travelling for!
The Boathouse Hotel
6-8 Patonga Drive, Patonga