A post from No Experts Australian Correspondent
Unique and distinctive, is a frequently used description for the Catalina flying boat, that was so successfully used in the defence of Australia in WWII. In my view, it is also an apt description for this restaurant in Sydney’s Rose Bay. Located next to the Sydney Seaplane’s base, and the site of Sydney’s first international airport, the Catalina Restaurant is named after the famous flying boats that once operated here. There are numerous other fabulous waterside restaurants that can boast amazing water views, but what makes this restaurant truly unique in Sydney, is not it’s location, but the fact that it opens all day! In my search to find a suitable restaurant to take my husband for his 40th birthday lunch, I was to discover that fine dining restaurant’s that open for lunch on Saturday are as rare as hen’s teeth in Sydney! Catalina is not only open for lunch, but boasts a kitchen which “remains open from midday to late”. Hurrah!
Overall a delightful place to spend a relaxed afternoon, watching the sea planes land, and taking in the views. Food was good, but not exceptional. The wine list awe inspiring, but possibly more suited to the wallets of the pop stars that are said to frequent the restaurant. Service was the most formal that we have experienced in Sydney, but at the same time relaxed and incredibly un-pressured. Catalina has certainly perfected the art of the lazy lunch!
Marks out of 10
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