Dining at the Marina
The first thing you notice as you arrive at Marina Café is the magnificent location.
For those who haven’t explored the eateries around Church Point, their waterfront positions provide breathtaking views out over Pittwater.
And Marina Café, as the name suggests is no different. In fact, my partner and I are guided to one of the restaurant’s al fresco tables, just metres from moored yachts at Quays Marina. The sea air fills your lungs and the light chatter of the seagulls provides a relaxed holiday vibe.
There are several seating areas like ours separated from the stylish interior of the main dining area and open kitchen by a walkway, and because of this solitude, our Saturday dinner feels particularly exclusive. This goes up a notch when the cocktails arrive – a bellini with house-made mango sorbet, and ginger mojito made with Australia’s Gunnery spiced rum.
There is an elegance and sophistication to Marina Café, and yet it’s also incredibly versatile, offering breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
Owner and head chef Jonathan Brailey only serves his customers the highest quality produce and freshest seafood, and the menu is constantly evolving.
We are tipped the chargrilled scallops with crispy pork belly and green papaya for entrée.
The contrasting textures are exquisite in combination, and the freshness of the papaya and herbs elevates the tender Bass Strait scallops.
We then opt for the crispy whole John Dory, a favourite of ours. And with Jonathan regularly heading to the Fish Markets, we know it won’t be long out of the ocean.
While we wait for its arrival, the sun begins to set, and we watch – Heggies Chardonnay in hand – as a flood of colours roll across the sky.
As we expect, the plated John Dory tastes as though Jonathan caught it off the marina today – the clean and slightly sweet flesh is a treat.
Knowing the breads and fruit conserves are all made in-house, we had to try them for dessert with a three-cheese platter featuring Fourme d’Ambert, Alexandrina Black Wax Cheddar and Cremeux d’Argental.
What a gem of an experience, and so close to home!
The Marina Café
1856 Pittwater Road, Church Point