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January 6, 2011 / amyjmcintosh

Public Dining Room

Zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and parmesan, smoked eggplant puree and red capsicum.

Got a hot date coming up? Look no further than the Public Dining Room at Balmoral Beach. You’ll be guaranteed a second date.

Formerly known as Watermark, this former site of Balmoral’s old Public Baths is what Sydney is all about. It’s stylish, sunny and smack bang on the harbour. The floor to the ceiling windows really maximise the stunning views of Middle Head to Manly.

What better way to spend a summer’s day than sipping on a crisp pinot gris, polishing off a shucked oyster and lapping up to-die-for views of Sydney’s sparkling harbour. If you’re really out to impress, you could even catch a water taxi from Circular Quay and get delivered straight to the front door!

To make you all really jealous, I took some pics of my recent feast at the Public Dining Room, compliments of head chef Nicholas Raitt.

Roasted scallops, Jerusalem artichoke puree, pickled fungi, apple balsamic reduction

Roasted scallops, Jerusalem artichoke puree, pickled fungi, apple balsamic reduction

Tagliatelle, spencer gulf prawns, chilli, basil, tomato and shellfish broth

Tagliatelle, spencer gulf prawns, chilli, basil, tomato and shellfish broth

Moonlight Flat Oysterage Batemans Bay NSW

Moonlight Flat Oysterage Batemans Bay NSW

Spring greens with anchovy butter

Spring greens with anchovy butter

Lightly smoked confit ocean trout, baby beetroot salad, natural yoghurt, almonds

Lightly smoked confit ocean trout, baby beetroot salad, natural yoghurt, almonds

Cape Grim pasture-fed eye fillet (180g) parsnip puree, caramelized baby onions, baby spinach, veal jus

Cape Grim pasture-fed eye fillet (180g) parsnip puree, caramelized baby onions, baby spinach, veal jus

Lightly smoked confit ocean trout,  cucumber salad, ocean trout roe, baby radish leaves

Lightly smoked confit ocean trout, cucumber salad, ocean trout roe, baby radish leaves

Polenta chips with red onion relish

Polenta chips, red onion relish

Orecchiette, white wine, spanner crab,  rocket, preserved lemon, breadcrumbs

Orecchiette, white wine, spanner crab, rocket, preserved lemon, breadcrumbs

Public Dining Room is open for lunch and dinner, seven days from 12 noon.

If you live on the north side, you should also check out Pony Dining at Neutral Bay.

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  1. That food looks amazing, Amy. Makes me wish I was back in Sydney. So jealous!

    • amyjmcintosh / Jan 6 2011 11:21 am

      Thanks, Miss Rach! It was very yummy! You’ll have to go there when you’re back in town. xxx

  2. whathappensafter5 / Jan 13 2011 11:30 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Love your blog!!

    http://happensafterfive.wordpress.com

    • amyjmcintosh / Jan 14 2011 11:13 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely feedback. I love your blog too… especially your pavlova cake! I’ve just subscribed for updates. 🙂

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