My mother celebrated a very important birthday recently. How old? Pffft seriously not telling you, a lady never reveals her age and a daughter will never tell. Mum and dad flew down to Sydney for the celebrations. One part of the festivities over the weekend was lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay.
The Boathouse would be one of my all time favourite restaurants in Sydney for oysters. Not the first time The Boathouse has graced the pages of Belly Rumbles. You can read about my earlier praises here.
Over all the years of visiting, I have never visited with mum. Very poor oversight, as mother like daughter, mum is a lover of oysters too. In particularly Sydney rocks.
The Boathouse just do oysters better than anywhere else in Sydney. The variety to start with is amazing, 10 available on this particular visit. Coming from NSW’s South Coast and Mid North Coast, the Tasmania South East and South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. They oysters are served simply with mignonette and dark rye bread to ensure you appreciate everything these oysters have to offer.
Of course our entrée took advantage of the oysters available. We order two of each of the rock oyster varieties on offer. Sourced from the South Coast of NSW, Lavender Point Rock, Merimbula Lake Rock, Moonlight Ensurface Rock, Moonlight Kiss Rock and Pambula Rock ($4.20 each). We also ordered Smoky Bay organic Angasi from Eyre Peninsula ($6 each). If you aren’t familiar with Angasi oysters they are native to Australia, and my all time favourites.
While we all pigged out on bivalves, Josh who isn’t an oyster fan opted for the ham hock croquettes ($27) for his entrée. How the ‘oyster gluttonous’ gene missed Josh, I’m still slightly confused about, but in any case he thoroughly enjoyed his choice. A crumbed croquette filled with moist and tender Iberico jamon. Nestled on a vibrant pea puree, along side a slow cooked egg filled with molten golden goodness. Added to this were plump little green peas and tendrils for freshness.
I made the suggestion of The Boathouse’s signature dish, snapper pie ($48). Everyone (except me) decided to take up that option. I love the ceremony of how they serve the pie. All four were wheeled in on trolleys and served at the table. Size wise these pies are generous, and accompanied with smoked tomato and mashed potato. The pie packs a creamy flavour punch, to which the tomato gives a smoky tang and the mash sops up all that wanted sauce. Thank the mash in advance, it prevents you embarrassingly licking your plate.
I didn’t order the pie. I love the pie, but I knew with four pies being order amongst a table of five, I was going to get pie, which I did. Instead I ordered the Hapuka ($41). Roasted Coromandle Hapuka served with potato and garlic puree, all, which were floating on a spiced fish soup. Crisp skin, moist Hapuka, creamy mash, which I merrily sopped up the rich fish soup with.
Such a wonderfully relaxing lunch, oysters, pie, my hapuka and lots of wine, who could ask for more to celebrate? Happy birthday mum.
Belly Rumbles dined at The Boathouse anonymously on her own time and dime.
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay
123 Ferry Road, Glebe, Sydney
Tel: +61 2 9518 9011