For eight years, Pilu Kiosk — the cafe-shack at Freshwater attached to the eponymous double-hatted restaurant — was a Northern Beaches go-to for coffee and paninis. After closing down and being revamped, it reopened in March 2017 as Pilu Baretto. For avid food connoisseurs, this means Italian wines, cocktails and fresh Sardinian dishes within view of beautiful Freshwater Beach. Design-wise, they kept the space's beach shack look and feel, with the addition of a copper-topped bar, timber surfaces, greenery and seating along the existent hedge overlooking the water.
During the day, beach-goers can expect traditional cafe fare including muffins, toasties and paninis. As the sun goes down, the menu shifts to a sophisticated selection of Italian dishes — think cured meats, burrata with truffle sweet abbamele and chestnut gnocchi with lamb shoulder ragu. Match your choices with Italian wines by the glass, craft beers and creative takes on classic cocktails. If you're feeling indecisive, opt for the chef's selection for $50 per person.