Restaurant Reviews

Pilu at Freshwater: Restaurant review


End of Moore Rd
Freshwater, Sydney, NSW


Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm;
dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm


Set menus $75-$140


The beach is a knockout. But it's inside Pilu, a heritage-listed house at the southern end, where the forecast is always fine and sunny. Staff speak about the kitchen's produce like an excited neighbour would their garden. Start with an apéritif of bitter Sardinian liqueur and ginger beer, or dive deep into the world-class organic and Italian-leaning wine list (with world-class assistance, to boot). Zucchini flowers stuffed with almond cream arrive on a board that could have washed up on the sand. But the lightness of a panada is the real treasure: diced smoked mullet is pressed between shaved kohlrabi, flowers and tart horseradish yoghurt and plated on a vibrant apple and cucumber oil. There's more grunt in spaghettoni with saucy anise-braised duck, and nothing is as Sydney-via-Sardinia as the spaceship-like seada pastry filled with ricotta and sultanas and glistening with local honey.
(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.