October 13 - 19, 2019: Issue 424

 

Barrenjoey House: Spring 2019

Barrenjoey House
1108 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach
Ph: 9974 4001
Monday - Tuesday: Lunch 11.30am - 3.00pm
Wednesday - Sunday: Lunch 11:30am - 3:00pm /  Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Website: www.barrenjoeyhouse.com.au

For that special lunch with friends late during the week when it's nice and quiet, the food and location that are part of Barrenjoey House remain hard to beat. A brilliant view of the estuary across Pittwater Park, the smell of the ocean wafting over the hill, icy cold and just right cocktails, an extensive wine list and a menu that offers modern Australian dishes with a focus on fresh seafood - as well as some great vegetarian dishes.

We always start out with a few Margaritas as this sunny spot and that taste of citrus match each other. Since Barrenjoey House has changed hands these are even better; sharp, on point with the mix of liqueur to juice, icy - perfect!



To go with these a mix if Entrees was ordered for the table. We tried the Zucchini Flowers - with sultanas, ginger + pecorino ($14), Fried Calamari - served with dill aioli + lemon ($22) and the Kingfish Ceviche - topped by fennel, cucumber + jalapeño ($24).
The table also ordered a sample of the House Baked Bread with handmade butter ($8).


Zucchini Flowers


Fried Calamari


Kingfish Ceviche

The Seafood dishes were so fresh you knew the seafood had come in that morning. A pile of salted and peppered calamari in a crisp batter with tender rings of white succulence was just superb. 

The Kingfish Ceviche was melt in the mouth tender with a cure that hadn't overridden the taste of the fish itself. The salad ingredients, likewise, had been chosen and combined so the seafood remained the star - scrumptious!

The Zucchini Flowers were a crisp take on this popular vegetable with the addition of the sultanas a sweet contrast with the savoury. The addition of that nice warm loaf meant any leftover sauces and accompaniments could be swept up - great bread - if someone knows how to make bread this good that's a great sign for the rest of any menu.

For Mains we ordered four different dishes simply to try the range out. Rare Yellowfin Tuna Spaghetti with parmesan, garlic, capers + chilli ($34), Beer Battered Flathead served with chips, tartare + lemon ($31), Eye Fillet with mashed potato + green bean ($38), and Duck Breast served with Crème Fraiche and Figs ($38). A bottle of Tasmanian sparkling was chosen to accompany the mains as it's always time for a good Tassie wine.

The wine menu itself offers the best of Australian wines and vintages with something to match every dish or taste.


Rare Yellowfin Tuna Spaghetti 


Beer Battered Flathead 


Eye Fillet 


Duck Breast served with Figs

Barrenjoey House also caters to those who want to place a range of dishes on the table and enjoy some of those great cocktails and that view. Flatbreads topped with garlic,  rosemary + manchego, or tomato, mozzarella + basil with Lobster, béchamel + fresh herbs or Cured Ham with fig + mozzarella are available. 

There's a great range of deserts; a Strawberry Sundae, Banoffee Pie, Peanut Brittle Parfait and a Cheese plate are among the offerings - for those who can fit it in - we couldn't!

Vegetarians would enjoy the Ricotta Gnocchi with pumpkin, pine nuts + goats curd accompanied by one of the side salads; Tomato salad served with olives + manchego, an Avocado Salad with radicchio, cos + zucchini or the Asparagus Salad with pea + edamame + fetta.

The newly refurbished Barrenjoey House now has a bright breezy feel, comfortable chairs, umbrellas for sidewalk diners and the accommodation upstairs provides a must stay place for overseas visitors.

Afterwards you can take a stroll along Snapperman Beach and enjoy the estuary. 
Well worth visiting again if you haven't been since this historic Pittwater icon became part of the Boat House Group, they have brought great food with friendly service and a brilliant barkeep back to Barrenjoey House.

Recipe Ideas - Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Apricot - January Summer Fruits  

Artichoke – The Flower Vegetable that Crops in Spring  

Australian and Native Cherries (Summer Fruits) - the Duntroon Connection - Marrianne Collinson Campbell 

Autumn is Apple Season 

Autumn Feast of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for a Healthy Body

Broccoli - Early Spring Crop

Beetroot: Summer Vegetables 

Cabbage - Winter Food 

Cherry - Australian summer Fruit 

Chick Pea Burgers with Homemade Hummus 

Classic Spring Trifles

Classic Winter Soups

Easter Feast - modern and historic  

Edible Weeds  Eggs: Five Ways - Savoury 

Fennel - Winter Vegetable  

Full Fruit Bowl for Seasonal Health

Figs - Late Summer Fruit  

Fresh Herbs for Health

Green Beans - Spring Vegetables

Healthful Cordials And Cleansing Tonics  Hogmanay (New Year) Dinner - Australian Style  Home Grown Food Program in Fruit and Veg Month by Jess Rosman  Honey, Honey: Inaugural World Bee Day - Honey Cake Recipes Around the World

Kale: for Pure Energy  Kale, Ricotta And Chicken Cannelloni

Make Your Own Treats For Christmas Gifts - Jaffa Rum Balls, White Christmas, Gingerbread People, Spicy Nut Mix, Strawberries Dipped in Christmas, Scottish Shortbread, Spanish Polverones, Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Honey Cookies), Kourabiedes (Greek Butter Biscuits), Italian Lemon Shortbread Squares (Shortbread con crema al limone)

Mandarins Spring Fruits  Mandarins Winter Fruits  

Mangoes - Summer Fruits  

Mother's Day at Breakfast Menu for those who 'can't cook'

Mums Vegetable Soup with Macaroni 

Mushrooms Autumnal Shifts

Nectarines - Summer crop Nicoise Salad: An Autumn Salad

Packham's Triumph Pears - The Australian Pear  

Parsnip - Winter Vegetables  Pear - Autumn Fruits  

Perfect Summer Picnics  

Potato Gnocchi    Pumpkin  Pumpkin Season 2015

Sage - the 'saving' herb Remembrance Day 2012 Food  

Self-Saucing Winter Puddings  

Sensational Hot Scones For Cold Winter Mornings

Silverbeet - Winter Vegetable  

Spring Salad Season  Spring Strawberries Spring Salads  

Summer Lilli Pillis  Summer Passionfruit  Summer Peaches, Quandongs (Wild Peach) - Marian Rowan Ellis Summer Peaches - From Wyong! Summer Plums - Greengages

Summer Raspberries Native Ones - Adam Forster

Ten Minute Spring SaladsSpring Fare 

The Food of Love  Tomato 

Vegetable Bhaji

Winter Crops Winter Vegetable Pies   Zucchini Strawberries  Cauliflower

Pittwater Restaurants, Cafés and Bistros

Alma Restaurant Avalon 

Avalon Chinese Restaurant 

Avalon on the Beach Kiosk

Barrenjoey House: Winter 2017

Café Edelweiss and the German Butchery at Bassett Street: Mona Vale  Caffeine Villains - Newport

Club Palm Beach: Fish Fridays

Cranky Fins Holidae Inn  

Cranzgot's Pizza Cafe

Duck Creek Macadamias - Orange Obsessions

Flannerys Organic & Wholefoods Market - Mona Vale

Home Grown Food Program in Fruit and Veg Month by Jess Rosman

Japanese Cuisine in Avalon: Four Options

Laurie Bimson's Marinated Kangaroo Recipe  

Lobster Nights at Club Palm Beach

Marina Café: Church Point - within The Quays Marina at Church Point

Mekong: Merchants of Taste - Vietnamese street food Avalon Beach

Mekong Merchant Restaurants In Mona Vale And Avalon Beach: Pho Specialists!

Modus Operandi Brewing Co., Brilliant Beers, Beautiful Burgers in Mona Vale

Palm Beach Fish and Chips Tops Scale at 10  

Parkview Restaurant: Avalon Beach RSL Club

Pasadena Pantry & Fresh

Prontos Creative Food - Palm Beach  Pronto Creative Food Celebrates 30 Years - Palm Beach Success Story for Local Lady  Pronto Creative Food: Something Sweet

Riva Bar and Kitchen - Avalon Beach  Riva Bar And Kitchen Autumn Lunch May 2019

RMYC Function Food at Rotary Club of Pittwater 52nd Changeover Dinner  

RMYC Ladies Lunch for July(2012); 'Boosting Your Brain and turning Your Stress Into Success' by Dr. Helena Popovic

Rozana Mediterranean Cuisine - Avalon Beach

Salt Cove at RMYC Broken Bay Sky Thai Avalon  Sushi Ichiri

The 2107 Restaurant - Avalon

The Avalon On The Beach Restaurant and Kiosk Opens in Avalon Beach SLSC clubhouse  

The Balcony Room at Palm Beach Golf Club

The Chick'n Shack Café at Careel Bay - For Lovers Of Old School Burgers and New School Ways

The Little Oak Tree Cafe at Careel Bay Shops

Waterfront Cafe - Church Point

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