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Maximilians on the Waterfront

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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published January 12th 2017
Bar, Bistro and Breakfast by the water
What wasn't to love about Maximilians during our stay at The Beachcomber Hotel in Toukley? It's right on the shores of the Budgewoi Lake, meaning you're dining before a panorama of water. It has warm vibes, exquisite food, and a nice selection of coldies to unwind with.

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View from restaurant


Waking up to a warm glow across the water and a steamy cup of tea made for some sensational mornings here. Maximilians opens at 8am so hotel guests and visitors alike can enjoy a continental breakfast in this scenic spot. We had the buffet ($20/visitor) however from what I saw, the al a carte menu will also put you in a delicious dilemma.

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Breakfast at Maximilians


Whether you're a sweet tooth or feel like the savoury classics, this menu will cater to you. Get your sugar hit from the Belgian Waffles with caramelized banana cream ($8) or Granola Parfait with berries ($9). Alternatively, go for the Eggs Benedict ($17), Shakshouka (poached eggs with spiced tomato - $14), or if you're feeling especially peckish, have it all with the Breakfast for Two ($50).

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Delicious continental favourites


Look forward to yet another menu of gourmet treats for lunch and dinner, all prepped to order, generous, and jazzed up a little, treating you to a visual feast. The bar has smaller bites like the Prawn Tapa ($11). I relished the creamy garlic sauce coating these. Also find bigger dishes like the Salt and Pepper Squid with chips and salad ($14). The chips here are scrumptious, and seafood, fresh.

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Prawn tapa


Also on the lighter side - though we can say you won't be hungry afterwards - are the salads from 'the garden'. My friend went for the Warm Pear & Walnut Salad ($15), while I went for the salad with veggie and cheese croquettes ($16), these alone more filling than anticipated. The generous pile of greens left us satisfied and nourished. Find, too, a range of farm dishes (schnitties, steaks, etc.) and fresh seafood like the Lobster Mornay ($35).

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Warm pear salad (top) cheese and vegetable croquette with salad (bottom)


I simply couldn't take in enough of the sparkling views across the water, and would definitely recommend a stroll up the long rustic jetty in front of the restaurant. A grass-covered hill sheltered by trees makes sitting out by 'The Hut' a refreshing experience. Colourful play equipment will keep the kids amused, as will a selection of arcade games inside

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View from jetty back to hotel


Otherwise, up at the restaurant itself you're spoilt for choice in terms of seating. Choose from a spacious outdoor verandah overlooking the lake, adjoining canteen-like space, or from the many tables, bar-top and lounge sets within the warmly lit bar-bistro.

This is also probably the best venue in the area in which to relax with a cold beer in hand - or cider, wine, or even a Malibu and pineapple ($7) as we took a fancy to. A list of cocktails and shots are also available so you can celebrate in style. The nightlife here amps up toward the end of the week. The Thursday evening karaoke was lots of fun for adults and kids alike. Feeling game? Step up and belt out your favourite tunes.

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Malibu & pineapple


Whether you're a local or a visitor to the tranquil Toukely, be sure to stop by Maximilians for some refreshments and some quality leisure time before the sparkling lake - and with such a sizeable menu, you're sure to find something to your taste. See here for more info along with menus to tease the tastebuds.
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Why? Waterfront wining & dining
When: Breakfast Sat-Sun 8-10am; all-day bar/bistro menu 11am-2pm, 4pm-10pm (subject to close at 8pm if not many guests).
Phone: P: 02 4397 1300 || E: info@maximiliansonthewaterfront.com
Where: Toukley
Cost: Av. starting from $20
Your Comment
The prawn tapia looks delicious.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11961) 585 days ago
What an exceptional spot, Telani!
by Elaine (score: 3|5351) 585 days ago
What a gorgeous way to wake up and start the day. Congrats on the award :)
by RC (score: 3|1221) 543 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
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