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Singing Waiters @ The Cove at Drummoyne

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Published September 26th 2012
Waterside restaurant adds singing waiters with dinner

UPDATE: JUNE 2015 - Please note The Cove at Drummoyne is closed. It is now a new eatery called The Watershed Kitchen

The Cove Restaurant and Cafe, Drummoyne
The Cove Restaurant and Cafe by night - top location at any time.

This place is already distinguished by its exceptional location. Perched over the Parramatta river overlooking Iron Cove Bay and situated just before Birkenhead Point, it's the perfect venue to chill by the water.

Now the Cove has a new feature to add to its existing repertoire. Anything from one to several nights a week, a singing waiter might present at your table and break into a capella.

The appearance of the Singing Waiter depends on restaurant bookings and the availability of this busy, multi-talented character. There are four of these fellows in total, juggling jobs as actors and singers. On a busy night at the Cove Restaurant, all four might be present, harmonising with each other as they work.

The Singing Waiter at The Cove Restaurant, Drummoyne
The Singing Waiter - a voice that good is meant to be shared.

It's the kind of job that could qualify for entry into a reality TV show on the world's wackiest jobs. As someone, who is attracted to the weird and wonderful in the work world, I mean that in the most positive sense.

Opposed to my expectation, the singing waiter is unobtrusive rather than in your face. Between modern music broadcast over the restaurant's sound system, the room suddenly goes quiet. The waiter breaks into song while casually folding a napkin or straightening the cutlery on an empty table nearby. With a voice that good it's meant to be shared. His fragment of song is neither a show nor a performance. Instead it's the sound of someone happily singing as they work. Interestingly, the natural sound incites giggles from the nearby table.

As a concept it's great and raises the bar on the average restaurant night out. In the age of YouTube, iTunes and other instant electronically downloadable forms of music, the sound of a raw, unedited voice in front of you, is refreshingly novel.

The Cove Restaurant and Cafe, Drummoyne
The Cove Restaurant and Cafe - expansive glass windows make the most of the water views.

Singing waiters aside, during the day, the Cove is a popular spot for mothers, bay-runners, walkers and other assorted fitness junkies. Located at the end or start of the 7km Canada Bay Run (depending on which end you start at), and next to Drummoyne Pool, the Cove is a convenient pit-stop before or after a run, stroll, pram-walk or swim. It's also just a great place to grab a water view.

The inner West foreshore area of the Canada Bay run is a tranquil oasis of greenery and water views and hence, a popular outdoor activity spot. Sydney and water – you know how it is.

The Cove Restaurant and Cafe, Drummoyne
Chicken Snitzel and chips from the kids menu

The Cove Restaurant is kid-friendly, pram-friendly, dog-friendly (outside please), wheelchair accessible, and you know what – just plain friendly. Its' website describes it as community-minded and I would not disagree with that.

Glass windows capitalize on making the most of the views. If you've got it, flaunt it. Location and service are the key strengths of this place.

The Cove Restaurant and Cafe, Drummoyne
The versatile Cove goes formal at night, casual by day.

In terms of The Cove's night menu, it consists of the conventional artfully designed modern Australian fare served on big white plates that seem standard these days in the more up-market restaurants. Portions are decent and the children's menu is slightly more interesting than the norm with chicken schnitzel and tempura fish amongst its' offerings. Kids also get a free bonus serve of ice-cream with their meal. Prices range from $17.50 (for the cheapest entrée) to $28.50 (for the most expensive main). This of course, doesn't include the kid's menu.

The Cove Restaurant and Cafe, Drummoyne
Dinner offerings at the Cove

My personal fave was the zucchini flower entrée. Biting into the beer battered flower I found a delectable stuffing of sweet pumpkin with the whole taste delight enhanced by the savory tomato sauce accompaniment, rocket and shaved parmesan. My three year old thought it was pretty good too.

Despite the white tablecloths, the atmosphere is not of the stiff, starched variety. Overall, a relaxed vibe and friendly mood dominate. Service is prompt, professional and efficient.

the Cove Restaurant and Cafe, Drummoyne
Tasty dinner, Tulloch wine, a candle, great service and a pristine table setting, make for a pleasant dining experience.

The Cove Restaurant is licensed (with the usual corkage fee applicable). There's ample parking in a car park at the side of the restaurant beneath the Iron Cove bridge.

The Cove is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the day there is a café menu. At night, a more formal dinner menu prevails. In that sense, the versatile Cove functions more as a café by day and a restaurant at night. Apparently, breakfast rocks here, with people queued to get in the door.

The Cove Restaurant and Cafe, Drummoyne
Dessert - if you can fit it in.

For bookings and further information, contact the Cove on the number below. If you want to see the Singing Waiters, I recommend calling the Cove direct to find out the best night to come. They generally make an appearance on Friday and Saturday nights, however, that can change with their availability and restaurant bookings.

Check out the Cove's website (see below) and view their breakfast, lunch, dinner and kid's menu's as well as a comprehensive list of their beverages and wines. The Cove makes use of Australian produced wines from South Australia and the Hunter Valley.

Linda dined courtesy of The Cove.

UPDATE: JUNE 2015 - Please note The Cove at Drummoyne is closed. It is now a new eatery called The Watershed Kitchen
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Why? It's a dinner with a difference
When: The singing waiters appear at dinner several nights of the week, but call the Cove to confirm.
Phone: (02) 9719 3022
Where: The Cove Restaurant and Cafe, Drummoyne, Address: 1 Henley Marine Drive Drummoyne NSW 2047
Cost: Prices range from $17.50 (for the cheapest entrée) to $28.50 (for the most expensive main). Separate kids menu is cheaper.
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