If there is one thing I love about food - apart from it tasting delicious - it's when something ordinary becomes surprisingly fun and innovative and becomes just that much better by the sheer fact that it exceeded your already heightened expectations.The Boathouse in Palm Beach was one such place, where their innovative recipes and creative takes on classic meals were a joy to behold.
The most beautiful breakfast view.
There is nothing I adore more than a well made, well portioned and incredibly delicious breakfast to start the day. Consequently, when I met my soul mate, The Boathouse, on a scrumptiously warm summer morning it felt as though my spirit was waking up while the world around me was also. Diving into the foamy goodness that was my banana cinnamon smoothie ($8) as the sun shone above the water, making it glisten, was a special moment that capped off my morning and my breakfast. Although The Boathouse is a tad pricey, you cannot really put a price on happiness - especially when it is accompanied by still waters and smiling staff.
Fresh and fruity deliciousness.
For breakfast on this beautiful, warm day in Palm Beach I ordered something that became a truly defining moment in my life. I ordered a French toast croissant ($19). Thatís right. A French toast inspired croissant. What kind of sorcery is this? What kind of supernatural being was at work when they invented this wondrous French concoction? I don't know, but I was definitely keen to find out.
Sitting on my table for one, I couldnít help but sneak glances at the waiters and what they were carrying. The wait for my meal became a rather anxious one as I watched meals come towards me then veer off to another table. Where was this mystical French toast croissant of mine?
In reality the food took no more than 10 minutes to arrive after I'd ordered, but my impatient brain made it seem infinitely longer.
First impressions are everything, and this particular first impression blew me away. A toasty-warm buttery croissant sits in front of me, drizzled in mouthwatering maple syrup. Pops of colour surround the croissant as I spy sweet and juicy mixed berries and fruit on top of a wonderful dollop of creamy mascarpone. This was a sight for sore eyes and I wanted to know if this beauty was more than skin deep.
Mouthwatering magic on a plate.
Plunging into this breakfast head on was the only thing left for me to do. After that first bite, I was hooked. The way it melted in your mouth, the way the exquisite flavours exploded and danced on your tongue, the way you could not stop eating it even if you tried. Although I felt incredibly full afterwards, it was a happy full. A fulfilled full.
There is nothing I can fault about the food, ambience or staff - though mind you, I may be so overwhelmed by the food that the other factors dissipate and seem obsolete. As a result, all exceeded my expectations and all helped my day begin on a fantastic note. The banana smoothie was light and fluffy, and I enjoyed the unexpected notes of cinnamon through it. The French toast croissant was a magical plate of heavenly goodness and is something I would recommend to anyone with a sweet tooth.
The restaurant itself is situated in a stunning area, overlooked by the green foliage of trees and a lighthouse where you are offered the option of walking off your meal up its steep trail to view it in person. The crystal blue waters speak for themselves as you sit down and wait for your meal in laid back style and the staff are friendly and helpful.
All in all this was a marvelous experience and one which I will relive over and over again. Kudos to you Boathouse. Kudos to you.
Where: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach, NSW 2108.
Cost: Breakfast from $9 - $26. Lunch from $19 - $39.
When: Open everyday from 7am-4pm. Breakfast is probably the best time as it can become quite busy in the afternoon.
Good for kids: Absolutely.
Take away: Yes.