In Australia we’re blessed to feel the warmth of sun on our skin in winter. There is a crisp coolness to the air but the water continues to radiate a crystal blue hue and the thought of wearing a dress doesn’t make us weak at the knees.
I recently donned this beautiful blue dress from Elliatt and ventured over to Balmoral, a part of North Sydney I’d been hoping to visit for quite some time, and I wasn’t disappointed. Often hearing of Balmoral’s beautiful blue beach and peaceful walks, I’d also heard plenty about The Boathouse and it’s been right up there on my foodie wish list! I took my love along for the adventure; however, there is just one problem when I dine out with him, the concept of waiting. To him, food is fuel and why should we have to wait 20 mins for a table? To me, food is an experience and one to be savoured and relished. I won the argument and after a small wait, a wait in which you actually have to scout for your own table, which can be rather exhausted, we sat down to peruse the menu.
On a side note, The Boathouse is not table service, so once you have scouted a table for yourself (most people are quite kind and can determine who has been waiting the longest) you must go up to order your food and drinks. Normally I’m not one for this type of service but The Boathouse can afford to do this as they are hugely popular and have an in incredible reputation within the food industry which has allowed them to open multiple locations around New South Wales.
Simple, rustic with the perfect balance of hearty versus healthy, there were dishes to please both our raging appetites and they didn’t disappoint. Pea and Ham soup has always been a favourite of mine especially on a winter’s day (even a winter’s day in Australia) but none has ever come close to my Ma’s Pea and Ham soup. Well this one ALMOST did, which puts it right up there with the best of the best. The burger and chips were out of this world but then again when a burger consists of beef, sharp cheddar, bacon, grilled onion, baby cos, pickles and aioli, what’s not to love!
What really made our visit to The Boathouse was the atmosphere and the view. I could have sat all day with glass of wine and let time pass me by, the water, the boats; even the seagulls make for an enticing show. After lunch we ventured the boardwalk or promenade and started snapping away. I felt this outfit was perfect for such an environment. The Boathouse itself is full of colour in the form of gorgeous floral centrepieces, beautiful blooms, rustic seaside ornaments and even the occasional pineapple. Colourful and summery, so therefore my outfit had to deliver the same message. The jetty was the perfect setting with the blue and white backdrop it tied in perfectly with my look of the day.
The dress I’m wearing is from Australian designer Elliatt and is new to their S/S14 Collection dropping in August/September. I teamed this with a quilted bomber featuring rose gold embellished sleeves from MLM label which allowed me to bring together simple white and soft gold accessories which completed the overall outfit.
Would love to know if you’ve been to The Boathouse and what your experience was like? Better yet what part of Sydney should I venture to next? X x