I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes.
I enjoy the outdoors and anything to do with the water. My interests are travel, Live Theatre,The Ballet and Restaurants that serve delicious innovative food.
Published March 24th 2014
Ripples Seafood so fresh Ocean to Plate
RIPPLES at CHOWDER BAY is one of a chain of three waterfront restaurants situated around the four shores of Sydney. This one is my favourite, situated in a National Park it is part of the recent makeover of the Naval Base situated there. Architect Sidney Koh has adapted the 1891 Submarine Depot Building into an attractive covered dinning area with views across the harbour to Watson Bay.
Ripples Chef Jeff Turnbull prepares wonderful dishes of Modern Australian Cuisine with an Italian influence. There are a lot of Seafood dishes and the prices, though not cheap, are quite reasonable. I visited this delightful restaurant last weekend and was as always impressed by the casual elegance mixed with efficient friendly wait staff.
As a starter I shared with my friend Prosciutto with Melon and Parmesan Chips. Ever since I went to Italy many years hence and discovered this wonderful dish that the Italians often have for breakfast I have been hooked.
As a main my friend ordered Ripples famous Beer Battered Fish and Chips. The batter is delicate and light and they usually use flat head so there is the added advantage of no bones. Add a crispy green salad to this tasty dish and it makes an enjoyable main course.
My choice as a main was the Ocean Trout served with Pea Puree and Spinach. An unusual extra was the crumbed Hens Egg which was cooked to perfection and the yolk remained soft inside. This dish was delicious with so many different flavours that blended together perfectly. The ocean trout was cooked medium and was so fresh it could have been caught that day.
Ripples is delightful and ticks all the boxes for that enjoyable dinning experience. Parking can be a problem and it is metered so take coins with you. If you plan to go be prepared for a walk. It has a beautiful setting and you will drive through a scenic national park which has possums and bandicoots dashing around. Ripples over looks Clifton Garden Beach which has its own cute little coffee shop so if you are in the mood you can also take a dip and enjoy a coffee.
There are quite a few stairs to get to Ripples so you need to be fairly fit. The other Ripple Restaurants are situated at Milsons Point with great views of the Harbour Bridge. Also at Whale Beach this one only opens on weekends.