The Boatshed La Perouse
Go for a dip then down oysters a plenty at this beachside cafe in La Perouse.
Don't get stuck in the Bondi and Coogee bubbles this summer. Instead, branch out further down the coast to The Boatshed La Perouse. This coastal cafe, located just south of Maroubra, overlooks Frenchmans Bay and offers beachside dining, panoramic ocean views and a seafood-focused menu to boot.
The venue is open for breakfast and lunch seven days. For summer mornings, grab a table on the expansive deck and tuck into the likes of passionfruit ricotta hotcakes ($18.5) and knafeh french toast with almond chocolate crumb, strawberry curd and rose syrup ($17). Or go for staples like eggs benny ($19.50), bacon and egg rolls ($10.5) and English-style big brekkies ($23).
At lunchtime, the seafood-heavy menu features oysters, buckets of tiger prawns and pots of spicy tomato mussels. Enjoy a bit of everything with the loaded seafood platter ($80) — in addition to oysters and prawns, it comes with blue swimmer crab, salt and pepper calamari, seared scallops, barbecue baby octopus, crispy battered fish and chips, and an optional addition of half-or-whole lobster for good measure ($25–40). If this is little too much, you can also indulge with the half-lobster linguine for a more reasonable $28.5.
Diners can also take in the views with drink in hand. Sidle over to the outdoor bar where you can sip summertime favourites like passionfruit mojitos ($16) or the vodka and watermelon Santorini Sunset ($17). And, to help battle those Monday blues, The Boatshed is now offering $2 oysters and $5 glasses of bubbles each week over lunch.