On the shore of Wooloomooloo Bay in the Domain Sydney, you will find Andrew “Boy” Charlton Pool. Named after the Olympic swimmer, this facility has a 50 metre pool with lanes to swim laps, a swim school and even yoga classes. We visited the pool for another reason, to eat brunch in a prime café location overlooking the ocean. The poolside café is nestled within the Royal Botanic Gardens above the pool, and with a outside deck as well as interior seating and floor to ceiling glass, you can watch the swimmers in action or simply enjoy the prime views of the harbour.
It is a casual dining space with plenty of people grabbing a bite to eat after their swim so it was a comfortable space to do that. We do read though that they are available to hire out for more sophisticated events.
We called and reserved a table, but there were walk-ins available on the day. The staff were friendly and very helpful and certainly kept on their feet that day with plenty of customers. The menu is very appealing, with lots of fresh and healthy options, using seasonal and local ingredients. There’s also a few naughty options if you’re more inclined for a burger or pancakes. The menu does have dairy free, gluten free and vegan dishes available.
We enjoy the beautiful “blush bircher muesli” made with almond milk, and topped with raspberries, kiwi, strawberries, coconut, pistachio & roasted hazelnuts. It was presented really nicely and the flavour was lovely. The nuts on top gave it good flavour and crunch too.
We also order a savoury option; the poached eggs and brown rice topped with a tempura like crispy enoki, sage burnt butter, natural yoghurt, toasted paprika crumbs, fried shallots and umami salt. The ingredients worked so well together and it also was presented really well.
Drinks wise, there’s coffee, tea, smoothies and milkshakes to accompany your breakfast.
If you’re there for lunch, they do have a separate menu and you can get wine and beers then as well.
We’d absolutely return, for the food was excellent, and it really is in the most delightful setting.
1C Mrs Macquarie’s Road
Sydney NSW 2004
(02) 8354 1044