I had long heard about and wanted to visit Berowra Waters Inn, and finally had the chance recently with lunch to celebrate my wedding anniversary.
There is no denying that the location – tucked on the foreshore of the hidden bushland valley on Sydney’s northern outskirts – is a romantic and majestic spot. I literally felt goosebumps as we rounded the hill and got our first glimpses of the valley, with the sun shimmering on the gently bobbing water.
While we drove in, I’m not sure I would recommend driving yourselves in, as there is an extensive wine list to work your way through! Either have someone drop you there and pick you up again, or the alternative – while expensive, is a pretty darn amazing way to get yourselves to lunch – is to take the sea plane, which pulls up right at the restaurant’s private jetty!
The Inn itself is considerably smaller inside than I had expected, but that only serves to create a more intimate, enjoyable atmosphere – an environment also helped along by the really friendly, humble staff.
Our menu was the choice of either a five or seven course degustation menu, and with each comes the option of having matching wines, for an additional price.
What really stood out about the food was the unusual yet delectable array of flavours skilfully brought together by the chef. On their own, some did taste a little funky, but combine the various elements on your plate onto one fork full and you get an entirely unique and truly mouth-watering experience. But of course, that is the purpose of a degustation menu – to combine flavours that you may not normally consider doing.
All in all, it was a really lovely day out – a leisurely four-hour lunch in a stunning Australian setting. While the venue does state that is available for weddings and engagement parties, the size of the venue does lend itself towards more intimate gatherings – I doubt you could host several hundred guests there.
If you have the chance – and the budget – I can highly recommend trying out the Berowra Waters Inn for a truly memorable experience!
Price: Not one for the faint-hearted or tight of budget. Expect to pay several hundred dollars – per person!
Service: Very friendly, although be sure the sommelier is serving the right wine with the right dish – we had some confusions which did sadly detract slightly from the overall experience.
Food: Exquisite. While carrot sorbet and basil ice cream – among the many delights we sampled – is not something you come across every day, it is definitely a sumptuous treat for the tastebuds.
Location: Stunning. I can’t think of a better place on earth to wine and dine away a sunny weekend afternoon.
Images courtesy of Images by Vicky