It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve had to see the osteopath due to a seized-up back. He has diagnosed me with lap-top syndrome where I have been spending too much time lying down on my couch glued to my lap top gazing into the blogosphere. The cure is to shut my lap top, get up and walk around. More easily said than done. An alternative is to type while at a desk. I don’t have one. I am allowed to lie on the carpet flat on my back with my legs up on a chair and an ice pack under my spine. But the dogs find me and come up and lick my face.
So it was a welcome relief when the rugby mums emailed to invite me to a get-to-know-you morning tea at the Boat House in Balmoral where I couldn’t lie down on the couch with my lap top or have my dogs lunge towards my face.
The Boat House in Balmoral has only recently opened but isn’t the first of its kind. The owner started his first Boat House in Palm Beach and due to its thriving success has opened a similar restaurant in Balmoral. The setting couldn’t be any more perfect and on this day the weather couldn’t have been more like a scene from paradise. There is no way that from looking at the images anyone could suspect that this was an Autumn day, just a few days short of the start of winter.
After gazing upon the beautiful fresh flowers and fruit and vegetables that are delivered straight from the market every day, I sat at a table over the water with the warm sun on my back. The breakfast menu had a great variety of options however despite being having been nil by mouth that entire day (okay, so it was only 10am), due to a blood test for my dodgy thyroid, I somehow only ended up ordering a hot chocolate.
I really should have made more of an effort given there is great variety on the breakfast menu including fruit salad, quinoa bircher, toasted sandwiches, baked beans, green eggs and ham and caramelised French toast – so much to come back for.
I need to warn you that despite having been opened for just a few weeks, this is an incredibly popular destination and tables fill quickly. I was there for a couple of hours and there were people trying to sit at tables where the diners were only just beginning to look like they were leaving. Once seated, you realise there isn’t any table service. You have to join a queue to order and pay and then your order is fairly promptly delivered to your table.
Now despite having skipped breakfast due to that blood test and despite being hungry, I actually didn’t order anything else. I just became too distracted by the setting and the view an the wonderful company – great pluses for a restaurant if only they brought in a profit!
The Boat House is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and it’s fully licensed with a wine list that includes French champagne. A good reason to head back down there again.
Balmoral Boat House
2 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach