The Bathers’ Pavilion
4 The Esplanade, Balmoral
02 9969 5050
Situated on a glistening Sydney Harbour beach, The Bathers’ Pavilion holds the magic of the past with the unwritten charm of the present. With its stunning beachfront position, the venue is an iconic Australian landmark with fine food, excellent wine and service to match.
Named after the building that it calls home, this destination restaurant, owned by award-winning chef, Serge Dansereau, is the epitome of a culinary event. He acquired the building prior to its renovations and was able to fit it out to meet his needs: three high-tech kitchens he personally designed, one bar and three dining spaces – a cafe, restaurant and function room.
Serge has imparted his exceptional culinary approach onto the venue, gathered over a lifetime of experiences. Beginning work as a kitchen hand in Montreal, he was soon accepted into the prestigious Institut de Tourisme et d’hotellerie du Quebec, where he completed his diploma. A few years later, he moved down under, taking on the role of opening the brand-new Regent Hotel. Kable’s, the restaurant he led, soon became legendary in Sydney’s dining scene, aided by Serge’s insistence on discovering and utilising fresh and handmade produce.
16 years later, it was onto The Bathers’ Pavilion as partner and chef. He took sole ownership in 2003.
The French-Canadian chef saw The Pavilion as a once in a lifetime opportunity to craft his ideal kitchen, develop a menu and most importantly, create wonderful food in front of one of Sydney’s best beaches. The building is divided between The Restaurant and The Cafe, both with their own unique style. However, what stays consistent is the emphasis on Australian growers and fresh produce.
With wide open windows overlooking the beachfront, The Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start the day with a stack of blueberry pancakes with pure Canadian maple syrup or Bathers’ bircher muesli with apple and melon salad. For lunch or dinner, the Mediterranean-inspired menu highlights the freshest seafood. Try the market fish, served with either warm dill potatoes or leaf salad. Once the main meal is over, enjoy the cosy couches and relaxed atmosphere with the Chef’s selection of Australian and imported cheese, served with house-made bread, prune and walnut log, and quince paste.
At The Restaurant, Serge’s captivating food matches the breathtaking view. Located on the other side of the building, The Restaurant offers a beautifully crafted menu with European and French culinary traditions. From the two- to seven-course menu, each dish is designed to stimulate your senses with the best seasonal ingredients. Although you can expect the menu to change, lots of fresh produce, top quality meats and seafood and a full vegetarian menu will be waiting.
The wine selection for both The Cafe and The Restaurant follow the kitchen’s seasonal qualities. Sommelier, Sean Boyle, has curated an extensive wine list of Australian and imported wines, both current and vintage. At The Bathers’ Pavilion, it’s always cocktail hour, so toast to Balmoral with The Bathers’ Martini, a mix of pear and vanilla-infused vodka, St Germaine elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and apple juice.
Twenty minutes from the city, this 1930s, all-white Moorish building resembles Australian contemporary on the outside and beach eclectic on the inside. It’s the ideal setting to celebrate every occasion – from business lunches and local dinners to tourists drinking Balmoral in.