It takes some effort to get there, but visitors to Berowra Waters Fish Café are rewarded with both good food and a great atmosphere. Anyone who lives in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney should pay it a visit if they want to be reminded of the environs we're lucky enough to live in, and feel like they're taking a break from it all; even if only for a few hours.
The cafe's menu is simple and reflects its waterside setting, with most dishes consisting of some sort of fish and chips combination. But it's not the greasy kind that could turn you off a visit; there's gourmet burgers and both deep-fried (with cholesterol free oil) and grilled seafood choices. The cafe also has a breakfast menu, which it serves until 11am, offering traditional bacon, eggs and toast.
The food at Berowra Waters Fish Cafe is pretty good, and I was satisfied with my Salmon Steak and Salad ($18.50 - the most expensive on the menu). The dish was quite simple, but done well, and I guess it's one that's hard to do wrong. That's something that can be said about a lot of the meals here, so you shouldn't ever have anything to complain about.
Really though, I think it's the atmosphere that really makes this place worth a visit. If you're lucky enough to get seats outside, you end up surrounded by boats, and these vessels are themselves surrounded by dense bushland. It makes you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, which you sort of are; but despite the secluded place, plenty of people make the trek here and the seats outside can fill up quickly. There are some inside as well though.
You will find the café on the bottom floor of the Berowra Waters Marina, which also hosts the Waterview Restaurant. If you're coming from Berowra, just follow the Berowra Waters Road off the Pacific Highway, and you'll find it across the ferry. You can also get to the cafe from Arcadia, along Bay Road, or even by boat, along Berowra Creek.
Where: 199 Bay Road, Berowra Waters NSW
Why: Great food. Beautiful settings.
Cost: Most meals are between $13.90 and $18.90
When: The cafe is open seven days a week, serving breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday from 8am to 3pm, and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, from 8am till 9pm (8pm on Sundays).
Good for kids: Yes. While there's no kids menu, it's still kid-friendly.
Take away: No