May 28 - June 3, 2017: Issue 314

Marina Café: Church Point

Marina Café

1056 Pittwater Road
Church Point
Ph: 9997 3847

Opening Hours
Open 7 days 8am to 3pm for Breakfast and Lunch
Dinner Friday and Saturday  6-9 pm.

Located within The Quays Marina at Church Point, recent Clean Marina awards recipients, the Marina Café continues our search for somewhere, in each Pittwater suburb, we may take along our growing bigger puppy, Matilda, while we enjoy excellent food and a spot of bubbly in the sun.

The Marina Café, Church Point sources market fresh produce daily to create beautiful modern cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch 7 days as well as hosting dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, a change of menu with the seasons to take advantage of the best produce on offer means you will always find something superb to feast on while enjoying waterside peace and quiet.

We arrived in time to be among the early lunch diners on a Saturday of pristine Pittwater perfection. After a catch-up with Stephen Hosking, Manager of The Quays, we both ordered fresh fish dishes and a bottle of one of our favourites, Janzs’ Tasmanian Premium Cuvee. There’s a great drinks menu with everything from coffees and premium juices to locally produced premium beers (Modus Operandi – Mona Vale) and the best Australian wines.

Choosing something light for lunch meant our selections focused on seafood and fresh fish. Fish Dish One was a New Zealand Hāpuku, or whapuku, described locally as cod, which was pan fried. Fish Dish Two selected was char grilled Bluefin Tuna. With these there were four choices of accompaniments – handcut chips made on the premises, roasted vegetables with a Salsa Verde, a green salad loaded up with wedges of fresh avocado, or a Thai style green papaya salad with generous lashings of caramelised onions on the side. We chose the salad options and ordered a side of the handcut chips for the table - a big bowl of crisp, hot wedges of fresh potato served with aioli.

Both meals were scrumptious – the tuna served medium rare, the Hāpuku with skin left on for a nice crisp optimisation of this white fleshed fish.

The char-grilled Bluefin Tuna - a generous fish steak piled high with a Thai style green papaya salad

If fish is not to your taste you can choose from an Eggplant, capsicum, basil and goats cheese roulade served with an olive tapenade and sourdough toast, a Crispy Duck Salad with watermelon, cucumber, roasted cashews, Thai basil, chilli jam and fresh lime, Twice cooked Lamb Shoulder with jaew and a fresh herb salad or the Cape Grim oyster blade braised steak char grilled with sauce vierge and almond tarator. Salt & pepper squid with a sweet chilli and lime dipping sauce, Boston Bay mussels with apple cider, garlic, thyme, fennel and basil served with sourdough toast or House-made spaghetti with Coorong pipis, white wine, garlic, chilli, parsley and bottarga round out the other seafood options.  

The Marina Café creates all their own jams, chutneys, sauces, cakes, muffins, tarts, ice cream plus more in house – ensuring the freshest and most delicious tasting dishes.

The Marina Café also hosts functions and offers catering as well as sells a range of these scrumptious jams and condiments if you want to take some home or give a unique gift from the foreshores of Pittwater.

The portions were so generous we couldn’t fit in desert but there’s always something sweet and excellent available for those who can.

On such a glorious Pittwater day, blue skies meeting blue water, it’s no surprise that the outside dockside tables were full – we suggest booking a table for weekends although we were lucky and arrived between the changeover from breakfast to lunch and secured the table we wanted. 

Wonderful late Autumn – early Winter fare in a lovely nook of Pittwater. We’ll be back to try out the menu again during the warmer months.

The Quays Marina 
1856 Pittwater Rd, 
Church Point
New Zealand Hāpuku with a Green Salad.
Stephen Hosking, Manager of The Quays Marina, Church Point - pauses for quick 'welcome back' before on to other duties.
The Marina Café, Church Point - open kitchen, and everyone outdoors on a sunny afternoon

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

Cabbage - Winter Food 

Cherry - Australian summer Fruit  

Chick Pea Burgers with Homemade Hummus 

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  

Kale: for Pure Energy

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  

Mum'€™s 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  Silverbeet - Winter Vegetable  

Spring Salad Season  Spring Strawberries Spring Salads  

Summer Lilli Pillis  Summer Passionfruit  Summer Peaches, Quandongs (Wild Peach) - Marian Rowan Ellis Summer Raspberries Native Ones - Adam Forster

Ten Minute Spring SaladsSpring Fare The Food of Love  Tomato 

Vegetable Bhaji

Winter Crops Winter Vegetable Pies   Zucchini 

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