If you take a step back from the thriving food scene down at Cronulla and the new food precinct at Westfield Miranda, you will find some absolutely wonderful hidden gems dotted around The Shire. The Boatshed at Woronora is one of those gems.
Unless you know it’s there you would never know of the existence of The Boatshed at Woronora. Unless you live or have a reason to visit Woronora, the closest you will get is whizzing over the top of it at 80km/hour as you cross the high concrete bridge spanning the Woronora River.
If you slow down and take the slip road, off River Road, drive down the steep curving road you will be greeted by a relaxing peaceful community. You can’t see The Boatshed at Woronora from the bridge; it’s a further drive down the river in to the heart of the suburb.
Drive down Prince Edward Park Road, past various houses, clumps of bushland, and beware of native animal signs until you reach a bridge and the RSL. The RSL is on the left, and if you look over the river you can’t miss The Boatshed at Woronora painted in brilliant blue with canoes out the front.
There is ample parking, either in their parking lot or the street outside. Enter via the side door, walk through the kiosk/canoe hire and head out the back to café seating that stretches out on to the wooden deck.
This place is busy on the weekends, even more so when the weather is lovely. Not only can you enjoy a meal in a tranquil setting, but you can also hire a canoe and go explore the river. We do the smart thing a zip down for lunch on a weekday, as it is 10 minutes from home.
We get there just before 12 and by 12.30 the place is half full. More of a middle age to elderly crowd than mums with kids. It could be the thought of them losing their offspring in the Wonnie that makes it a more mature eating establishment? Or it just could have been the demographic the day we visited. I am sure it is kids central on the weekends.
Down one side of the café are neatly stacked canoes and life jackets. The other side is filled with white washed chairs and tables, with a couple of umbrellas out on the deck. The walls are graced with art for sale from local artists. A kids’ “corner” is located at the back of the shed (as far away from the water you could get) to keep any squirming young ones entertained with toys and a play kitchens.
There is quite an extensive all day breakfast menu. All of the favourites are on there including (but not limited to) a big breakfast, brekkie sandwich, bagels, eggs, BLT, egg & bacon rolls, French toast, granola, waffles and pancakes.
There are also more “lunchish” items on the menu such as, beef nachos, gourmet burgers, gourmet Turkish rolls and sandwiches. Plus there are a variety of sweet homemade treats, freshly squeezed juices, milkshakes and shed shakes. Shed shakes? Yes it seems that even The Boatshed at Woronora isn’t safe from the mutant milkshakes that invaded Sydney in 2015, but I am sure the kids love them.
If you arrive after 3pm there is a slightly more limited menu. Light snacks, such as croissants, and the range of homemade cakes are on offer to enjoy.
To start off I order a double espresso. The beans are locally roasted from Nadine’s at Kirrawee. It’s a nice drop of coffee, another thing we aren’t lacking these days in The Shire.
Also ordered was a large vanilla malt milkshake ($5), the extra that couldn’t make it into the cup was served in a glass on the side, you have to love that! I also order a freshly squeezed pineapple and orange juice ($7.50).
Josh and I decide to take advantage of the all day breakfast items available. Josh goes for the Brekkie Bruschetta ($15.50). A generous slice of Turkish bread piled high with haloumi, tomato, red onion and two poached eggs.
I also have my eye on a haloumi dish, the haloumi special, with haloumi, avocado, rocket, pear, cherry tomatoes, balsamic dressing on toasted sourdough, with a choice of poached eggs, smoked salmon or bacon ($15.50). In the end its eggs Benedict ($15.50) for me. Two poached eggs, wilted spinach, bacon and hollandaise sauce on toasted ciabatta. If you aren’t into bacon, you can have traditional ham or smoked salmon.
The portions are generous in size, the eggs were poached to perfection, great coffee, great location and friendly service. There are only positive things to say about The Boatshed at Woronora.
We will be returning as I have my eye on that Haloumi Special. We may even hire a canoe or two on our next visit.
Belly Rumbles dined on their own time and dime.
The Boatshed at Woronora
131 Prince Edward Park Road, Woronora
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