A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published July 13th 2014
A brand new bayside cafe for people and pooches
Fancy something fresh on the cafe scene? Recently opened along the shimmering blue Kogarah Bay is the contemporary Baybreeze Cafe, as part of the St. George Motor Boat Club in Sans Souci. With location, design, ambience, service and delicious food and drinks all receiving a big tick, it is no surprise that this cafe is growing in popularity by the week.
With an outdoor terrace that has views of the bay, the marina, and the quaint green park next door, a picturesque dining experience is promised - especially when the scene illuminated in sunlight. The interior is the perfect chill-out space. The seaside theme continues with splashes of blue across the cocktail lounge and dining space, crab wire lanterns, and rope draped like waves across the ceiling.
Opened from 5.30am, Baybreeze is ideal for any early-bird seeking a gourmet brekkie to kickstart their day. How about a refreshing bowl of granola, yoghurt, honey and berries ($11.50)? Or the Baybreeze brekkie featuring eggs, bacon, tomatoes and sourdough toast ($16)?
There is an extensive range of coffee, inclusive of a Doppio ($4) which has a double-shot for those who really need to wake-up, and a delicious chai latte ($3.50) topped with cinnamon. Soy and skim milk is available for all coffees for an extra 20 cents, and you also have the option of adding caramel, vanilla or hazelnut flavoured syrup to your drink for an extra 50 cents.
The menu will spoil you for choice. I know I was very indecisive about whether to go the buffalo chicken wings and chips ($14.50), a seafood dish like the chilli prawns ($15.50), or a pasta dish ($11.50-$14.90) for lunch. On a side note, an ideal way to chill out at sunset would be with Baybreeze's selection of tapas dishes alongside a cocktail or two.
Eventually I picked the Matriciana ($12.80), a fettuccine pasta (or penne if you prefer), saturated in a tasty napoletana sauce. Garlic, white wine, onion, smokey bacon, and a hint of chili all made up the thick sauce that coated every bit of pasta - meaning this rich flavour could be savoured with every bite. I highly recommend trying this Italian delicacy at Baybreeze. A vinegary Greek Salad ($12.50) was a refreshing accompaniment to this generous pasta dish.
Generous servings of Greek salad and Matriciana fettucine.
Something special on this menu is the set of tasting platters ($26.50 each). For each, a sample of three gourmet foods are paired with a complementary wine or beer. For one there is the White Wine Seafood Tasting Plate that my dad ordered. This consisted of salt and pepper squid paired with St Helga Eden Vally Riesling, grilled glazed octopus with JC Reserve Adelaide Hills Sav Blanc, and Garlic Prawns with Brancott Pinot Gris. I tasted some of the squid and the octopus and both were very rich in flavour. Meat-lovers will enjoy the Red Wine Mixed Meat Tasting Plate and the Craft Beer Tasting Plate.
On the topic of what's special about this new cafe, is how it takes dog-friendly dining to a new level. Why not give your beloved friend a treat from the gourmet doggie menu? At the back of your menu you will find a list of sweet and savoury snacks for your dog. This includes the Cinnamon and Molasses Muddy Paws (a baked polenta biscuit covered in cinnamon, molasses and carob - $4.50), and the Mixed Grill ($5.50). With a platter of chicken, turkey, duck, fish mince, and eggs, it would be any carnivore's dream come true.
Does your pal fancy a coffee as well? Order them the Puppiccino ($3.50) containing soy or lactose-free milk. I love the idea that you can have a coffee date with your doggie right here at this cafe. A constant supply of water is also provided next to the cafe to keep your pets hydrated. Of course, all dogs are limited to being in the outdoor section and they will be expected to be on their best behaviour.
Treat yourself at this brand new gem of a cafe. I have to say the super attentive staff made our Baybreeze experience all the more relaxing. We left with smiles on our faces and thinking "what's not to love?". Looking forward to the next visit here, and a taste of the dessert and tapas menu is definitely on the cards. If you are there on a Friday or Saturday from 4pm, you will be given an extra treat with the live music and entertainment that happens.