Bush Tucker Man will be mighty impressed
Everything about Berowra Waters Inn is about a sense of occasion. From the moment you step into the tiny private ferry to charter leisurely across the river, to the open plan design that soaks every inch of sun, you know its going to be truly special. It’s no surprise being far away from concrete and steel that the food here is driven by nature’s best local produce. You won’t find any puffs and gels here, but you are rewarded (rather handsomely) with superbly balanced food that exudes fine technique. The hiatus continues with waitstaff as relaxed and amicable like the locals paddling canoes along the Hawkesbury River. When you’re enjoying something as special as this, you won’t care that dinnertime is only an hour or two after you conclude a long lunch.

Unless your game enough to swim or hire a sea-plane, this private ferry is the only way to access the restaurant

Warm interior embellished in timbers, stone and natural hues

Amuse Bouche: Cured salmon & roe on crisp and Potato churros - Wickedly moreish

White sourdough and salted butter - Prefer non packaged butter to keep fingers clean

Chilled Vichyssoise, Oscietra & Salmon Caviars, Beignets Of Hawkesbury Oysters - Best 'cooked oysters' and chilled soup I've had. Devine.

Sauteed Tiger Prawn Tail, Oxtail & Native Pepper Croustillant, Celeriac, Sheeps Milk Yoghurt, Lemon Beurre Noisette - So flavoursome and balanced, but light at the same time

Ricotta & Spinach Mezzaluna, Chanterelles, New Season Manjimup Black Winter Truffle - Chanterelles are bursting of flavour and the heady aromas of truffle add to the decadence

Demi Tasse Of Cauliflower Soup With Truffle - If only Continental cup a soup can replicate the full bodied earthiness that lingers with every sip.

Hawkesbury Mulloway & Calamari, Cured Ham, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kalamata Olives - Calamari was a odd inclusion but the superbly cooked fish stood up as a star

Slow Braised Lamb Shank, Bone Marrow Dumpling, Sweet Green Peas, Roast Shallot - Lamb and peas is not new, but few can execute a interplay of big flavours and deft lightness.

Lemon & Goats Cheesecake, Quince, Hazelnuts - An unusual palate cleanser. Hazelnut ice cream masked the pungency of the goats milk which is not to my liking in large quantities.

Rhum Baba, Roast Pear, Caramel Mousse - Dessert didn't take me as high as the savouries but it was not bad either for my first rum baba. The presentation of the caramel 'mousse' was a tad controversial.

Petit fours: Raspberry macaron, mango jelly, lemon curd tartlet and cinnamon cookie

Some 4 hours later, the sun decides to call it a day.

Come for

Proof that you can have it all without Sydney Harbour and a 60 storey revolving tower.

Not for

  • Those afraid of boats and water
  • If you’re planning on being somewhere quickly after lunch

Will cost you

Six course degustation is $165pp + $60 for matched wines

Dont miss

  • Chilled Vichyssoise & Oyster Beignets
  • Soaking in the wonderful riverside
  • Staring at guests disembarking the pier entrance

Give a miss

  • Going for dinner, it is too pretty by day to miss

The verdict

A gastronomic escape that literally transports you to somewhere other worldly

Food = 17/20

Ambience = 9/10

Service = 8.5/10

Value = 9/10

Overall = 43.5/50


Berowra Waters Inn

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