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Published May 7th 2013
All Hands on Deck for Food, Service & Views
Located peacefully on the beautiful and historic foreshore of Woolwich Dock, Deckhouse Café has everything you could want, from a sundrenched deck, breathtaking and uninterrupted panoramic views of the Sydney Harbor and skyline, and tasty, well executed meals.
Just a short stroll from the car park at the end of Clarke Road, past the boom gates and with plenty of on-street parking, Deckhouse café offers a relaxed environment away from the hustle and bustle, allowing you to quietly and relaxingly enjoy a meal, while watching the dock and luxury boats cruising past at this sunny waterfront venue.
The Modern Australian café is owned by the Dedes Group which is known for their institutionary culinary contributions including Flying Fish restaurant, Dedes restaurant and Watergrill, and offers some of the best views around and food to match.
Head Chef Paul Hamilton and his team, have an enthusiasm for food that is apparent in every Deckhouse dish, using only the freshest of ingredients and delivering well above café quality food.
The mezze platter with grilled haloumi, chorizo, garlic tossed olives, marinated octopus, and olive ciabatta bread for $18.50 is a great starter to share. The haloumi and chorizo offer the right amount of saltiness and spice, as do the garlic olives. The bread is soft and fresh, and the octopus is perfectly cooked.
It would be silly not to try the seafood here at such a pretty waterside location so why not sample the Queensland scallops in the shell with goats curd and herb garlic crust for $24? Not only does the dish look pretty, it offers a beautiful fusion of tastes. The scallops are bursting with flavour, and the goats' cheese and herb crust makes them melt in your mouth.
If you want to try some of the best hot chips around, then you should most definitely sample the Fat Chips here for $9.50. Thickly cut, golden in colour and cooked to perfection, it doesn't get any better than these chips which have a crunchy exterior, with a soft and fluffy inside. One could easily put away the whole plate of chips to themselves.
Other menu options include oysters, grilled fish, red meats, salads and desserts, and there is an inspiring selection of dishes to cater to a wide variety of tastes, as well as a thoughtful wine menu to match the food.
With the wharf just a stone's throw away, why not go all out and arrive by boat to this magnificent location?
Head to Deckhouse Café for to sit back, relax and enjoy a high quality meal in a gorgeous setting. It is a great reminder of why you love living in Sydney.
Where are your favourite waterfront cafes and restaurants in Sydney?