With my Aunt Carol, Uncle Ray and my little cousin Ian visiting from Hong Kong, I wanted to take them to a place for lunch where you can soak up as much of this beautiful weather we have been having in Sydney lately plus a place where we can take our Monday at a slow and leisurely pace…..
So with this in mind, it wasn’t very hard to decide that we should head down to Freshwater Beach ( one of my favourite beaches for a dip in Summer) but always a favourite even to just come and look out at the wide ocean, take in the warm salty sea air and to soak up as much sun for a fix of Vitamin E ( or whatever vitamin you get from the sun…!! Just make sure you have sun screen on!)
Freshwater Beach is already an ‘A-class’ beach in my books – but what makes it even more inviting is that one of the best Sydney restaurants, Pilu is also situated right on beach front.
With raving reviews of the high caliber of food created by Chef and owner, Giovanni Pilu ( his first restaurant was at Cala Luna where he introduced Sydney to Sardinian specialties like oven roasted suckling pig and linguine bottarga.)
Both my Husband and I have yet to try the actual restaurant ( we tried to book it once for Valentines Day, to our disappointment it was completely booked out!) Even my parents have sampled lunch there once with my Uncle visiting from Hong Kong and that they kept raving on about how delicious the suckling pig was for days!
So when I heard that Giovanni had opened up a smaller (and more affordable) cafe next door to Pilu – conveniently named ‘Pilu Kiosk’, I knew I had to get down there to sample the fare and I love how I could also turn up without needing to book!
We arrive at Pilu Kiosk at around 1.00pm on a Monday and found parking super easy as there was ample parking spots at the beach. ( We had a Warringah Council sticker which meant it was free! Yay!)
The cafe/kiosk was super cute in size – I had a feeling that I had just rocked up at my friend’s nearby beach house with simple design of an outdoor oversized porch dotted with a few small tables and chairs.
The layout is pretty ‘cosy’ – most people who was sitting were in pairs ( plus their puppy) as the size of the table and seating was not really catered for large parties or group of fives like us, however we were more than happy to do ‘take out’ and re-locate to more spacious settings at a picnic table/gazebo on the grass facing the beach.
Their chalk board menu was scribbled with some delicious delights… but my eye went straight for the ‘suckling pig panini’s served on some yummy Sonoma breads. ( Yum!)
What also caught my attention was the Salt & Pepper Calamari with chips and aioli ( Mmmm…) Honestly, I do not think our beach side lunch would be complete without a bit of greasy chips and fried seafood to complement our ‘healthier option’ of the panini’s….
As I was ordering the savories…. my eyes darted towards the sweets that was displayed directly above the panini’s…. ‘Nutella Tarts’ Without much thought I order two. ( One for my little cousin Ian and one for my Hubby and I to share….well kinda as I found out later I would want more than half!)
The suckling pork sandwich was perfectly moist with the wholegrain mayonaise and fresh butter lettuce all held together with the chewy and crunching sensation of the Sonoma grain breads. ‘CCCCcccrunch!!!…Chew! Chew! Chew! Smile’ was the eating order as my Hubby and I share our moreish Pork Panini. Feeling that one sandwich was properly a fail decision of under ordering, I run back up to order a ‘Roast Vegie Panini’ which the Hubby turned out loving even more than the pork with the generous antipasto filling of artichokes, eggplant and capsicum. Yum!
The only slight let down of this lunch was the overtly salty Calamari – while it seemed like the thing to order near the ocean, I expected this to be done exceptionally well, yet it turned out to be most disappointing when at first bite I thought I had fell face down into a pile of salt. Getting my Uncle and even my little cousin, Ian to sample – everyone had agreed that it was way too salty to be palatable.
Thankfully, the manager did take it back ( at first reluctantly) and made me a new batch with no added salt. ( Apparently I was supposed to know to ask them not to add salt…(???) Great – accuse the customer for not wanting to eat super salty calamari… ) Surprised at how the manager would appeared a little annoyed that I took it back, she was quick to make me a new batch and suggested I sprinkle my own salt on, which ironically the salt she gave me in a separate container blew away not long after I had settled it back down on our picnic table. Oh well ~ who needs the added sodium intake anyways??
After a very enjoyable lunch, it was just about sitting back and enjoying the view. Watching my little cousin Ian, happy and playing by rolling around in the grass was a beautiful sight. Complete freedom and unquestionable joy as he just giggled each time he rolled and stood up dizzy. I love that pure and simple joy. Reminds me that we should all attain this more – simple joy and a sense of freedom to roll around in the grass after lunch… if you want to!
Today was a beautiful day spent at a gorgeous place enjoying good food with the people I love – this day will definitely stand out with the many which I will cherish forever.
ps) Thought I would mention this place has a brekky menu too – and with a view like Freshwater Beach, it would be an ideal breakfast meeting place anytime of the week! They have freshly baked muffins which is always a winner! x
Atmosphere: With a gorgeous ocean view and laid back locals – this is a perfect ‘chillaxing’ place. BYO picnic rug during Spring/Summer for your own ‘private seating’ on the grass lawn outside.
Outstanding: Pork sandwich and the Nutella tart! I could easily eat 3!
Parking: Ample! Meter parking but free if you have the Warringah Council sticker.
Bring your puppy ~ it is pet friendly with water bowls for your four legged friends!
Tip: BYO picnic rug and swimmers + towel for a quick dip!
Address: ‘On the Beach’,
Moore Road, Harbord NSW 2096
Telephone: (02) 9938 3331
Fax: (02) 9939 1355