A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim and have live in the Queensland Outback. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and event in my own backyard.
Published January 4th 2017
Fine dining at Manly Harbour
Get the feeling of being on a tropical island, the moon reflected on the lapping water, boats leisurely moored alongside. Time to sit back and watch the sails, hear the ting-ting-ting of rigging and feel the stress of the day wash away.
Are we in some distant land? No – we are overlooking glorious Moreton Bay with the myriad of yachts and boats in Manly Harbour Marina at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
Located in Brisbane's South-Eastern Bayside suburb of Manly just 30 minutes from Brisbane, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) is home to one of Queensland's oldest and most prestigious sailing and cruising clubs. And it's not just sailing they serve with excellent dining and a choice of options.
There's nothing like a sea breeze and salty air to bring on a hearty size appetite, and being by the water's edge any time of year is the perfect spot to appease the craving. RQYS is THAT perfect spot tucked alongside Manly Harbour Marina.
The Squadron Harbour View Restaurant offers reserved seating with an every changing and sumptuous menu of fine foods. The Head Chef provides daily specials highlighting seasonal foods. With our reserved seat our personally appointed wait person serviced our needs with full food and beverage table service and an excellent knowledge of the menu and beverages.
Our starters included the aptly named Prawn & Summer Citrus Salad with a delicious mix of mint, pear, salad leaves & toasted hazelnuts w citrus vinaigrette topped off with juicy plump prawns. The seafood salad was especially delicious accompanied by crisp white wine and delightful views of boats adorning the harbour and perfect for a balmy Queensland night. I opted for the Pork 'Bubble and Squeak' Croquettes with a mix of pickled carrot, cauliflower & onion salad and curried cauliflower
The main menu boasted Cape Byron steaks; a Reef of the Day; King Prawn Linguini; 'Jar Jar' of Pork and 7hr slow cooked beef short ribs. I opted for the Cape Byron steak and enjoyed a succulent steak cooked to perfection with rosemary potato bake and an array of cauliflower beignet and roasted carrot. My eating companion opted for fish 'n chips in style enjoying Panko crumbed whiting with a salad accompaniment salad of mint, watermelon soaked in cheese.
The desert choice was fraught with choice with the Crème Fracice Cheesecake and Chocolate Macadamia Brownie proving tempting. We settled on a shared Coconut Panna Cotta with mango, lychee, summer fruits and caramel popcorn. A simply mouth-watering end to a glorious evening of food, wine and magnificent views.
Enjoying the Squadron Harbour View Restaurant as we did it was good to see the varied dining choices at RQYS. The RQ Bar provides members and their guests with a place to enjoy a casual drink seven days a week. The Bar also features an outdoor area where members and guests can enjoy the atmosphere at the aptly named Boardwalk Café which provides a good selection of light meals and snacks with daily specials a feature.
The Squadron Harbour View Restaurant and the Clubhouse facilities are open Wednesday through to Sunday at various times. The Café & Bar are open 7 days a week at various times. Check out the RQYS website for times and booking details or call (07) 3396 8666. RQYS is just 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD on Royal Esplanade in Manly.
Special Day Memberships are now available for visitors living within 15km of the Club to enjoy the culinary and bar facilities.
Permission to come aboard? I would say definitely yes, so book me in.