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Catalina: Restaurant review

Catalina

Address

Lyne Park
Rose Bay, Sydney, NSW

Hours

Mon-Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-4pm

Prices

E $28-$38
M $36-$55
D $22-$26

REVIEW

One could assume that a restaurant so well located might rely on its good looks to get by. Not so. The views of Rose Bay may be seductive, but the food is equally commanding. Seafood is the star, as an entrée of seared scallops with a tiger prawn and snapper brandade, leek purée, seaweed and leek crisps, for instance, or the poached marron tail with orange aïoli ably demonstrate. Among the main courses, confidently cooked lobster finds a fitting contrast in ink-black fettuccine and tomato and chilli-infused lobster oil, while smoked duck breast with caramelised stone fruit, chestnut purée and cherry jus shows as much finesse. Desserts are difficult to resist; caramelised fig with bitter caramel mousse, brik pastry and sugared pistachio remains the standout. Service is attentive, and the wine list is well considered. Finish with a cocktail on the deck, watching the seaplanes land, to round out this classic Sydney dining experience.          

Phone:
(02) 9371 0555

Bookings:
Bookings essential

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Mark Axisa

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.