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“Fifth Anniversary Eve - Dinner”
Review of Cottage Point Inn

Cottage Point Inn
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Cottage Point Inn began its life as a boat house, general store and post office for the river community. Over the last two decades, the Inn has been transformed from a pleasant bistro in a stunning setting to its current fine dining form focused on showcasing the best Australian produce. Spring 2022 sees Steven Hetherington take the helm as Head Chef.
Reviewed 21 November 2019 via mobile

We drove up to the Inn from our home in Clontarf for a mid-afternoon, 3-course luncheon to celebrate our fifth anniversary. My partner is an Aussie who has dined here many times over the past 35 years and this was my second visit. I’m an American. Our meal today and the service topped all charts. The variety of selections in each course was fabulous. They differed somewhat from the menu published on-line, but not by much. The creativity in the varied, subtle, taste sensations each offered was really something to savor and we shared our selections, which I’d recommend doing if you can. Portion sizes were right-on and the arrangement/presentations were works of art ready to be photographed by Gourmet Magazine. We ate in the outside dining area and had great views of the bay. All very relaxing. It’s relatively expensive but well-worth it. The only hassle was driving there. We arrived by sea plane from Sydney on my first visit and my partner was accustomed to arriving by boat before she sold it. Either of the second methods of transportation are desirable - but the food is so delicious and well-prepared that the drive was worth the effort.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank navajodali
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Reviewed 17 September 2019

Hard pushed to find a better lunch spot in Sydney. If you tick all the boxes like we did it will be about AUD260 per person for the degustation lunch with paired wines... and coffee, and more drinks... you get the idea. We had a long lunch on a Sunday and we all felt it was worth it.

There were 3 of us, one being a vegetarian, and all opted for the Degustation menu with paired wines. So granted we chose the most expensive option but it was my birthday so what the heck.
Firstly I do have to say that the way they personally catered for the vegetarian, with unique vege options for all 7 set menu courses was not only much appreciated but equal in quality of all the other dishes.
All 7 courses were fantastic. It was a beautiful day, boats on the water, Kookaburras hanging around for feeding time, could not have asked for better.
A great touch was the story for every wine they served, which were perfectly matched to the food. Both waiters were terrific, happy to chat and have a laugh, and lets face it, with only about 24 of us there, it was a very relaxing day for all.
Not certain how they would of coped with more than double the number, which seemed to be the potential capacity, but we were well looked after.

Couple of tips:
1. Take a light jacket. Even though it was a gorgeous +30c day in Sydney, it was about 24c down by the water in this tucked away gem.
2. which leads us to the next tip. Just before the bottom of Cottage Point Rd, look left, and you'll see the sign that points to Anderson Place. Not difficult to miss. The Inn is at the bottom of a load of steps.
3. Parking is terrible. You will be parking halfway up the street, and it's a steep street. If you have mobility impaired guests, drop them at the bottom first.

Would recommend the degustation set menu. As some other posters have said, the food combinations can be a little different, so put yourself in their hands and you will enjoy everything. I think of the 3 of us only 1 dish was pushed away non finished by one person. Everything else was devoured enthusiastically. I won't go into detail here as you can look up their menu on line, and reading the menu does not do the food justice.

Thanks guys, had a great time.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Thank Don B
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Reviewed 14 September 2019 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful food and wonderful service. Ben looked after us like family and was a great help in organising our departing transportation- the one drawback with the remote location.
Should be two hats. Highly recommended.
Kangaroo tartare was such a great surprise - even for my wife who wouldn’t usually try this. Bug tart and the octopus were both wonderful and the snapper was one of the best dishes with the most flavoursome broth.

Date of visit: September 2019
1  Thank tipalea
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Reviewed 4 September 2019

We had a 5 course tasting menu and by looking at the menu I was not overly enthusiastic. What odd combinations. But...... we were blown away by the beautiful creations and explosion of flavours. Gorgeous situated on the water, very friendly, attentive staff, great cocktails to start our evening with. What a fun night we had.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Thank Karin d
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Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

Fantastic service and food. Beautiful scenery. Park the car on the street then walk down to the wharf to discover this hidden jewel. Can also travel by boat, ferry and seaplane.

Date of visit: July 2019
3  Thank Daisy L
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