The Australian summer dream of diving into the ocean, then popping into the local for an ice-cold beer and a bite to eat, is alive and well at The Collaroy.
In the time it takes to say ‘let’s go to the pub’, you’ll be out of the water and standing at the bar, or pulling up a chair at this newly re-opened Northern Beaches gastropub.
You can once again thank Merivale for giving Sydneysiders another fabulous place to eat, drink and play. The group, headed by Justin Hemmes, took over the laid-back spot which was a go-to among locals in 2017. Since then, they have given it a classic Merivale makeover to transform the space into a simple, yet elegant, and chilled out spot for beach-goers, families, new-comers and beyond, to grab an easy bite to eat or take over a table at the restaurant and treat themselves.
Diners will have two options to choose from with The Collaroy’s new set up, a laid-back beachside all-day menu downstairs, and a slightly more elegant, yet still chilled-out, upstairs restaurant, which is a little more geared towards oysters and cocktails than quick bites in sandy boardies. Executive Chef, Jordan Toft, has looked to Collaroy’s beachside character for menu inspiration, as well as incorporating menu items that capture the strong community spirit and engagement of the area.
Each day can start with a morning surf, followed by a gourmet bacon and egg roll with aioli and butter lettuce or a mortadella and provolone melt for breakfast. Throughout the day, the kiosk’s bowls and salads menu contains some great selections for lunch, like the ocean trout bowl with shaved Brussel sprouts and boiled egg mizuna leaf on a bed of sprouted grains, or the poached chicken bowl served with bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, fermented cabbage and edamame over soba noodles with a ginger and turmeric dressing. Once the sun goes down, the dinner menu looks a little something like wood-fired pizzas, prosciutto and burrata grazing plates and a family style supper special that changes daily.
Upstairs, visitors can snack on fresh prawns and salads over a cocktail, or dig into the real deal. Grilled Swordfish served with endive salad, Riverina Rib eye with mustard jus and juicy American style burgers are on the menu. There’s a glass of wine for every occasion to match on the list curated by the teams at The Newport, Coogee Pavilion and Papi Chulo, who are no strangers to how successful seaside dining works.
As far as Sydney goes, The Collaroy’s 3 am close time on the weekends makes this an all-day and all-night place to share in the easy-going atmosphere that is so classically Collaroy. The perfect fit for the northern beaches, there’s little wonder that The Collaroy has been so well received since re-opening its doors in May 2018.