PLONK! CAFE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

IF YOU strug­gle with the jour­ney from Syd­ney to the north­ern beaches, spare a thought for those pre-1958 trav­ellers who had to ei­ther take a boat or brave a rick­ety bridge to cross Syd­ney Har­bour. After 1901 you might have caught that boat from Fer­gu­son’s Ma­rina. Now what was once the ma­rina’s boat­shed has been con­verted into a nau­ti­cal-in­spired cafe with a con­tem­po­rary metropoli­tan menu. Break­fast is a stand­out on week­ends as guests (and their dogs) sit on the large deck while en­joy­ing clas­sics such as salmon, fetta and avo­cado on toast; pan­cakes with berry com­pote and the ba­con-laden brekkie stack. It’s lunch and din­ner, though, where the dishes get more in­ven­tive and truly em­brace the essence of the sea, with meals such as salt-baked salmon and the Fre­gola pasta with mus­sels, prawns, bugs, squid and clams in a Napoli­tana sauce. Sa­ti­ated by the lovely meal and stel­lar views, you can truly be grate­ful the Har­bour Bridge was built. FER­GU­SON’S BOAT­SHED MA­RINA

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