I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.
Joined 18 February 2009 Sydney, NSW
Serving fresh hand-made pasta, A Tavola has always been the real deal. The long communal/pasta-making marble table in the Darlinghurst restaurant makes an appearance in the Bondi restaurant. You can't go past the stracciatella unless you're allergic to dairy. The wagyu beef pappardelle is another signature dish that is rich, decadent and all round amazing, but the seafood linguine is a sure way to my heart.
So what do you do on Australia Day? Go for yum cha, of course.
Admittedly in have avoided yum cha here at Kam Fook Chatswood because of the crowds, but we came at 11 and a friend managed to get us a table for 7 adults, 2 children and a pram.
The restaurant is huge and it filled up pretty quickly. The steamed dumplings at Kam Fook were really good - generous portions without skimping on seafood, while other dishes like the "yong tau foo" (tofu and eggplant stuffed with fish paste) aren't spectacular. (other restaurant in Castle Hill do a great job with that one.)
Service is decent, but they charge $3 a head for tea. That's $21 for cheap tea leaves and hot water.
The Boathouse Cafe, situated along the boardwalk at Balmoral Boatshed, is the perfect spot for a casual alfresco meal this summer. Get here early on a weekend to get parking at Balmoral Beach, and to avoid a wait for a table or to place an order for food. There aren't any printed menus, so take a photo of the menu board before finding a table.
There are limited tables indoors, but at a venue like this, it's really the alfresco seating that will get you the best views. Most outdoor tables were shaded by umbrellas, so you do get some relief from the sun.
We went on a school holiday weekday for brunch and ordered the bacon and egg roll and the croissant french toast. Both dishes were great, and the croissant french toast is every bit as indulgent and amazing as it sounds. Meals are a tad pricey, but it is Mosman after all, where you won't pay any less at the local fish and chips takeaway.
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