There are a couple of things that you are guaranteed to find in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs; Range Rovers, designer handbags and sun kissed locals all year round. There is no denying it’s a mecca for opulence and small dogs that fit into handbags. Whether you frequent the area or not, there is a reason why it’s known as one of the premium areas of Sydney and for us, that reason is the 1st class dining options. With the harbourside location boasting unbelievable views across the city, it’s hard not fall in love with Rose Bay and the culinary delights it has on offer. If you’re thinking of heading east for a bite or a long lunch, here’s our list of must try’s right on the waterfront.
When you think of quintessential Sydney waterfront dining, it doesn’t get much better than Catalina Rose Bay. With first class views and a mouth-watering menu to match it’s no wonder it attracts the who’s who of Sydney.
Owners Michael and Judy McMahon are no strangers to the Sydney culinary world, working their way up through the ranks alongside the late Len Evans, Gay and Tony Bilson and Neil Perry. A fixture in the east for the last 25 years, Catalina’s relaxed fine dining menu, unfussy décor and killer harbour views round the venue out as the ultimate triple threat of dining on Sydney’s waterways.
Executive Chef Mark Axisa is no stranger to this iconic kitchen having completed his cookery apprenticeship at Catalina and worked his way up over the last 18 years. Putting his own unique spin on their al a carte menu alongside their signatures like their roasted suckling pig (a must try for two). Oysters, Glacier 51 Toothfish and Mooloolaba King Prawns feature for all the seafood lovers.
We’re not sure if it’s the menu or the picture-perfect setting but something about Catalina demands a glass of wine (or two). Luckily there is a 20+ page local and international wine list to keep you hydrated and a cocktail menu almost as long if you’re feeling adventurous.
For more information on Catalina head to http://catalinarosebay.com.au/
Rose Bay Marina’s own Regatta has brought quite the crowd to our eastern suburbs hub since opening its doors in 2014. Located just metres from where you moar your vessel, it is very much in line with our walk on walk off ethos.
With a restaurant, bar café all wrapped up in a historical 1920’s building it really doesn’t matter when or what you came for, all that matters is that they have you covered. The Tide Café which sits directly on the water’s edge is a local treasure for enjoying a latte and brekky bite while admiring the yachts scattered around the marina. Start the day off right with one of their ultimate super salads or the High Tide Breakfasts before heading out on the water.
Stepping it up a notch, the Regatta Restaurant’s contemporary Euro style draws every kind of crowd from families to friends and events. The subtle nautic theme lends itself perfectly to their signature menu that highlights fresh, local produce. Kick things off with some Yellowfin tuna tartare and saffron gnocchi before signature main dishes like their glazed organic duck breast with charred hispi cabbage, fruit loaf soil and carrot puree.
If bottomless brunch is more your vibe, Regatta hosts their all you can drink Rose brunches every Sunday from 10am. For two hours, you can your crew can enjoy free flowing Les Jamelles French Rose while you feast on a tapas style menu on the crystal clear waters of Sydney Harbour.
Club Rose Bay
For those looking for a laidback atmosphere with bistro classics, look no further than Club Rose Bay. While the vibe is casual, the view is far from it, so you can make the most of Rose Bay’s iconic location without having to take off your thongs.
If Rose Bay is one of your go to spots, it might be worth becoming a member so you can enjoy discounted meals as well as $1 pool, jukeboxes and Keno to really set in the nostalgia. While we love our fine dining, sometimes you just need a good old fashion Chicken Schnitty and a pint and Club Rose Bay always delivers. If you’re taking a time out on the pub classics (or the calories that come with it), salads and seafood alternatives are also on the menu.
For special occasions, Club Rose Bay have some pretty stunning event spaces which can be transformed into your dream venue on the bay. With 4 different spaces to host you and your guests, whether you need a boardroom or a bar they can accommodate any occasion.
Like any good bistro, Club Rose Bay have you sorted with daily specials for just $12. All your favourites like Sunday Roast, Rump Steaks and Chicken Schnitty are featured so you can enjoy a meal with the family without breaking the bank.
For more information on Club Rose Bay head to https://clubrosebay.com.au/
There are so many reasons why we love Empire Lounge. It has great good, stunning views and is owned by one of our own PB member Aaron Shaw. Known as venue where the sky meets the sea it’s located on the Rose Bay Marina right next door to our PB hub.
The modern Australian menu focuses on the unbelievable local seafood that we have access to here in Sydney with their own Raw Bar showcasing their fresh, tasty signatures like Salmon Tartare and Hiramasa Kingfish and of course their seafood platter with all the trimmings. Treat yourself to one of our favourite comfort foods the tagliatelle with crab meat, confit garlic and chilli and gremolata. Bar snacks and share plates are also on the menu if you’re looking for a quick bite before or after your cruise.
If you’re a champagne and oysters kind of person, Empire offer a half dozen and a glass of Moet Chandon Imperial Brut which can enjoyed at one of their alfresco tables as you sit back, relax and watch the summer sun go down.
Make the most of your weekend with Empire’s Sunday Sessions for $12 Aperol Spritz, funky beats and good vibes from 2pm. If you’re looking for a new adventure, head up into the sky with Sydney Seaplanes and experience our iconic waterways in a whole new way.
FROM 2PM SUNDAY 26 JAN
Join The Empire Lounge on Australia Day for cocktail specials, funky beats by DJ Switch Flickers and the sweetest vibes Rose Bay has to offer. Psst… Monday is a public holiday!
For more information on Empire Lounge head to https://empirelounge.com.au/