The boathouse restaurant and kiosk at Manly’s Shelly Beach is finally open.
It’s been about a year since plans were announced for the Boathouse Collection to open a new restaurant at Shelly, and I’ve been dying to see how it will turn out. Its sister restaurants at Palm Beach and Balmoral beach are beautiful, so this one has big shoes to fill.
Yesterday, while the kids were at school, I took myself out for lunch to see if the Boathouse at Shelly Beach lived up to all the hype (it’s a tough life, but someone has to do it).
and YES IT DID.
It was the most stunning winter’s day. Big blue skies, sparkling ocean and the sun was streaming through the every door and window when I walked in. Both the restaurant and the kiosk were pretty busy considering it had only been open for a day, yet the atmosphere was so chilled. Customers and staff alike were full of smiles and quite frankly, it was hard not to join in.
The restaurant is quite simply stunning. It has a real beachside feel to it, full of fresh air, sunshine and lush tropical flowers and fruit. Behind the courtyard is a secret boardwalk leading a zen like garden with a trickling waterfall. Of course the main outlook across Shelly beach to Manly is just exquisite.
I ordered a coconut water, which arrived still in the coconut – delish! I also had and amazing green spaghetti with fresh seafood. The whole place was buzzing as I sat back to enjoy the food, the view and a little bit of people watching.
There were a couple of people huddled over a coffee and a laptop, which made me a bit excited as I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to come and write. Tucked away in a few quiet corners were several couples enjoying lunch together. There were quite a few of these little nooks, if you fancied a quiet cuppa or bite to eat, as well as some beautiful long trestle tables for a more social occasion.
The largest number of customers yesterday were mums and bubs. The restaurant has a perfect courtyard area with buggy access for mums with children to hang out. Of course there is also the kiosk if you just fancied a take away and a play on the beach. If I was still on maternity leave, this is exactly where I would be hanging out, winter or summer. The menu has a real seafood emphasis and comes beautiful plated. It is quite reasonable priced. There are also a delicious selection of cakes and pastries, as well as fresh fruit juices and smoothies. The coffee is pretty good too. They also have an alcohol licence and are open for bookings during the evening. I can’t wait to bring the hubby for date night this month.
I left feeling super chilled, with a giant caramel slice to take home for the kids and a bunch of the prettiest pink roses I’ve seen in a long time.
I can only assume that once word gets around The Boathouse at Shelly Beach is going to get busier and busier, but I still think it is 100% worth a visit (or two ….. or three).
*This post is not sponsored and I was not paid to write it, however I did enjoy lunch on the house.
Have you been yet?