Ripples at Chowder Bay
Restaurant in Sydney
Modern Australian Restaurant
Ripples Chowder Bay was recommended to me as a good combination of great food and harbour views. It is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, entertain visitors or wile away a sunny afternoon.
Located in Clifton Gardens, Mosman, on the north shore of the Harbour, Ripples is easily accessible from the CBD as well as the North Shore suburbs. The beach and protected swimming area are next to the restaurant, and seem generally quieter than other harbour beaches. You really feel like you have discovered Ripples when you arrive.
The décor inside the restaurant is clean, white and crisp. The odd splash of black fabric, and beautiful Australian artwork brighten the space and don’t detract from the outstanding views outside. If you reserve an outside table, the seating area is well protected from any surprise rainfall or breezes. As well as enjoying the views, it is also possible to appreciate the external architecture of the building that was originally built as a submarine mining base.
I can honestly say I didn’t know where to start with the food, it all looked so good. The menu is varied and full of great Australian ingredients such as Yamba prawns, Sydney rock oysters and Kangaroo Island eggs. Small, Italian twists are added to lift flavours and accompany the main focus of the dish, such as caponata vegetables. The desserts are irresistible; we shared an unusual version of Eton Mess and had a near fight over the chilled chocolate and coconut torte.
The food is very reasonably priced for the quality, as is the wine menu. A basic children’s menu is offered, but in our group the children opted to share a more adventurous swordfish dish, and the staff were very helpful in accommodating our requests. After a gelato and a port, we were ready to take off our shoes and amble across the beach to the car park fully content. Ripples is a very happy find and is one of the North Shore’s hidden gems.
Amanda Ansell is a Sydney based freelance travel writer
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Yes|
|Clientele||Locals, families and groups|
|Cost per head||High|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Dining Options||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Fresh, clean and modern. It has a modern New England style interior.
Main courses from $36; Desserts $15; Wine from $40-$90.
Last updated on 26-02-2013