Restaurant Guide

Pilu at Freshwater: Restaurant review

Pilu is a lesson in how a Sardinian outpost came to define beachside dining for Sydney.

Address

Moore Rd,
Freshwater, NSW

Hours

Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

Prices

3-course à la carte $98
Set menus $125-$160

The sun and the sand must leave a lasting effect on the waitstaff at Pilu, such is the warmth radiating from the team. There's confidence and know-how, too. Staff reel off producers and steer through the wine list with ease – an impressive feat, considering it clocks in at over 300 bottles, of which the comprehensive selection of Sardinian wines is the beating heart. Flavours are big and bold: the signature suckling pig with apple sauce is still a knockout, even if it could use a lick more acid, and al dente malloreddus with sweet, earthy veal ragù and pecorino is as near-perfect as a bowl of pasta can be. And how about that seadas, a crisp disc of pastry filled with ricotta and sultanas with floral honey that nails the dessert trifecta of crunch, creaminess and sweetness. Some dishes could drop a portion size – the fregola, heaving with prawns, appears to never end – but it seems farcical to complain that a restaurant at this pricepoint is too generous with its food. The initiated know to nab a table by the windows, with views of sea and sky, but luckily for the rest, at Pilu the sun shines through in more ways than one.
Phone:
(02) 9938 3331
Website:
pilu.com.au
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Outdoor dining
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Diners Club
Chefs:
Giovanni Pilu & Federico Porceddu
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.