If you are looking for a dining experience with a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere, amazing water views, exceptional service, delectable meals that resemble artworks, and reasonably priced (considering the high standards) then I have the ideal place for you – Public Dining Room at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.
We took my sis, Aurora, there on Sunday just passed for her birthday. There were eight of us (6 adults and 2 kiddies) and we all loved it – even the kiddies!
We were lucky that the rain held off and the sun shone while we dined allowing for spectacular water views of Balmoral Beach through the floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to the natural light, the white and cream interiors with pale timbers provided a stylish yet relaxed holiday feel – just perfect for a Sunday birthday lunch.
It continued with the service which was friendly yet helpful, knowledgeable and professional – a stellar combination that’s not always easy to find. I think as a parent, I was impressed also when our waitress (being practical) brought my daughter’s (Freya) drink of apple juice out in a plastic cup with lid and straw. Whilst Frey is pretty good with glass drinks it was a good idea and something I didn’t even have to ask for!
The meals were all amazing – visually appealing with excellent cooking techniques, textures and flavours. All of us adults ordered starters and mains with a few opting to add a dessert as well. The kiddies choose pasta from the ‘young adults menu’ and hubby, Ben, and I, added to Freya’s order the Queensland King Prawns with lemon (and without jalapeno butter) as she’d been asking for prawns all morning.
As a starter, I had Pork Belly, beetroot & plum puree, roasted plum, candied walnuts and beetroot leaf at $25 – it was divine! The pork belly melted in my mouth and married well with the beetroot, candied walnuts, and plum flavours. The crackling added a great crunchy texture as did the candied walnuts!
Some of the other starters that were equally delicious were;
* Fried zucchini flowers, ricotta, parmesan, papillon Roquefort, celeriac remoulade, pine nuts pangrattato at $24
* Seared Scallops, sweetcorn puree, chorizo, piquillo pepper, sherry vinegar, chilli threads at $26. (NOTE: scallops and chorizo are a perfect flavour combination!!)
* Wild Kingfish carpaccio, chilli, capers, marigold, soy reduction, pomelo, sorrel, wasabi at $26.
I had as a main dish the Fresh tagliatelle, slow cooked lamb ragout, pecorino, and amaretto biscotti at $32. The pasta was fresh and cooked perfectly al dente. I loved the tender lamb ragout, and surprisingly, the amaretto biscotti which added a sweet element to the dish with a lovely texture.
Some of the other mains that were equally praised:
* Strozzapreti pasta, eastern king prawns, nz clams, chilli, zucchini, Sardinian bottarga at $36.
* Burragwong farm peking duck breast, confit leg, duck & coffee jus and walnut textures at $42 (Hubby said the duck breast was cooked perfectly except for the confit leg which was a little over).
We ordered 4 desserts that we tried to share!
* Cherry bakewell tart, kirsch cherry ripple ice cream, pistachio crumble, vanilla & buttermilk form at $17
* Caramel soufflé, apple caramel, toffee apple ice cream, apple crisp, cinnamon crumble at $19
* Affogato – vanilla bean gelato with espresso and frangelico at $16 (sorry no photo as it was gone before I could even take it!).
* Vairhona chocolate fondant, crystalised chocolate, candied orange, mandarin curd, tonka bean ice cream at $18
All were luscious, but my favourite was the Vairhona chocoland fondant – oozy delicious chocolate sauce with the added flavours of orange, mandarin and tonka bean ice cream which was just heavenly.
Coffee was Campos and a great way to end our lunch. If you haven’t already guessed by now – I loved this place and highly recommend it for your next dining experience.
Public Dining Room
2A The Esplanade
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
(02) 9968 4880
Mon-Fri: 12pm till 9:30pm
Sat: 8am till 10am & 12pm till 10pm
Sun: 8am till 10am & 12pm till 3pm