Mariners Restaurant at the CYCSA has been open to the public for a number of years now, but was recently upgraded to include an impressive indoor/outdoor dining area known as the Admiral's Bar & Bistro that we knew we just had to check out.
The interior of Admiral's Bar at the CYCSA.
Sunset is the perfect time to visit and take in spectacular views of the marina. We popped in on a Friday night to find the new bistro packed with people mingling over a few drinks with friends or relaxing at the tables over a bite from the menu.
The view from the bar.
We managed to grab a seat right out by the water and highly recommend you do the same. The combination of watching the sailboats meander around the berths and the summer breeze flowing around the tables was a match made in heaven.
With the launch of the new bar, we also found out they have a new chef and menu which we were lucky enough to try. First to arrive was the oven baked chicken breast on parmesan polenta, with peperonata, capers and wilted spinach. The capers added just the right amount of saltiness and complemented the chicken and polenta well.
The Oven Baked Chicken Breast on Parmesan Polenta.
The Mediterranean Pasta with pan fried prawns was up next, served on a bed of roasted red peppers, baby spinach, Kalamata tapenade and parmesan, tossed with angel hair spaghetti and extra virgin olive oil. While the prawns were cooked to perfection, the roasted red peppers were a little overpowering for our liking. That said, those who love that flavour would absolutely love this dish.
The Mediterranean Pasta with Prawns
Finally, we tried the Club Burger with beef, bacon, grilled cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, egg, tomato relish and mayo on a toasted bun. Served with beer battered chips, this was my partner's favourite dish of the night and didn't last long on the plate at all. Those beer-battered chips were the perfect accompaniment. All that was missing was a big glass of beer.
The Club Burger with beef, tomato relish, bacon and egg.
For those wanting something a little more pub-like, the Admiral's Bar currently runs theme nights including Schnitzel Thursdays and Sunday Roasts. The chicken schnitzel with mushroom gravy is definitely a favourite of ours.
Last but not least, we shouldn't forget to mention their extensive wine list. We tried the Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc, which came highly recommended with the dishes we chose, and it soon became clear why. If you get a chance and you're trying the chicken or seafood dishes, make sure you order yourself a glass... or a bottle.
Bring friends so you can try a few dishes.
Any time of day is going to be lovely to sit beside the water, but we think there's no time more stunning than right on sunset to take in the views as the sky turns gold, then red, then purple.
Doesn't the new building just look stunning after the sun goes down?
After dark is when the magic happens.
P.S. The biggest myth about the CYCSA is that you need to be a member to pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The big blue gates at the entrance can seem a little intimidating on first impression, but all you need to do is press the little intercom button and wait for one of the friendly staff to buzz you through.
P.P.S. There's a heap of parking on site so if you get a little flustered with finding parks at new destinations, there's no need to fret here.