Restaurant Reviews

Pilu at Freshwater: Restaurant review

Pilu at Freshwater


End of Moore Rd
Freshwater, Sydney, NSW


Lunch Tue-Sun noon-2.30pm;
dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm


Set menus $75-$125


Pilu is a lesson in how a Sardinian outpost came to define beachside dining for Sydney. When the sun's out and shining on this weatherboard beach house, it doesn't take much more than an icy Ichnusa beer, a platter of (rightly famous) roasted suckling pig and confit hasselback potatoes to charm Sydneysiders. Add chef Giovanni Pilu's Sardinian touchstones, plus a stellar Italian drinks list, and the entire package is primo value. This homage to his home thrills in translation - traditional but not rustic, modern but not complicated: bottarga and a twice-cooked hen's egg come together with black garlic in an umami frenzy, while an Italian myrtle-liqueur cure adds a bush fragrance to kingfish. Pilu's two island homes merge seamlessly when char-grilled Rangers Valley tri-tip is served with saffron butter or samphire and crystal ice plant meet smoked ham brodo. Good-natured staff, confident in wine and wooing, keep the coastal charm rolling.

(02) 9938 3331

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Giovanni Pilu & Jason Saxby

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