I write for fun, enjoy sharing places that cater for food allergies and the like.
Published October 13th 2012
Food on Deck
Brunch on a Sunday morning is always what the hangover doctor ordered. True friends know exactly how you feel so they call you, wake you and tell you where to meet them. She had called and booked ahead, ensuring there were gluten free options. It was too early to argue (9am on a Sunday morning). Destination - Deckhouse Restaurant.
We drove over the Gladesville Bridge with beautiful harbour views and around to Hunters Hill, sandstone houses, cafés and restaurants on our way, places to mark of course. We parked to the side of the Hunters Hill Sailing Club, and walked up to the Deckhouse Restaurant that is situated on the water's edge at Woolwich Dock.
It was over crowded, the far back wall was a 90th birthday party, yellow helium balloons; and lots of happy people. Just behind where we were waiting to be served was the bar/counter where the wait staff were going at a mile a minute.
It was extremely busy and we knew that we would have to wait, we ordered our coffees, and at $4.50 for a coffee, I was expecting it to be fantastic. I wasn't disappointed. My friend pointed out that we were there for the view and I wasn't allowed to complain. We were sitting on the balcony and there wasn't anything to complain about.
I ordered the Big Breakfast, it wasn't bad, the eggs were cooked the way I wanted them, they were out of gluten free bread, but a little bit from time to time won't hurt. The chicken sausage complimented the sautéed mushroom, all in all ok, remembering that it was the view that captured our interest. Let's face it, the harbour view, with ferries sailing past and the nice warm sun on us, was well worth it.
While having breakfast, waiters were walking around with a delicious looking strawberry toast thing. French Toast Bruschetta, topped with honey, banana, strawberry and ricotta. It smelt beautiful and it isn't often that we get out to brunch with friends. We decided to share one as it was a rather large serving. It was melt in your mouth scrumptious. The bread was very soft, almost custard like in texture, honey that was lathered on top of the egg, thinly sliced banana and strawberry's sat on top of the honey and cinnamon sprinkled over the ricotta made it the perfect end to a meal. We had a pot of tea and sat for a while discussing when we were returning for a lunch or dinner.
French Toast Heaven
They open 7 days a week, 5 days for breakfast and lunch and then Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with specials on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, you would have to book ahead.
Walking around after eating more than a small country, we headed over to Clarke point, watched picnickers enjoy the sun with a view of Cockatoo Island.