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“Amazing degustation”
Review of Cottage Point Inn

Cottage Point Inn
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, 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 1 May 2021 via mobile

Amazing degustation late lunch. Every course was superb and so unique in taste and texture. Items I would necessarily order from a menu were beautiful surprises (eg liquorice cake??) The staff were so professional but personable. Beautiful view and 5 star experience.

Date of visit: April 2021
Thank katwoman1980
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Reviewed 19 April 2021

A little surprised by some of the more recent reviews.

On a good day, I could not think of a more perfect spot to dine - beautiful views across Cowan Creek into the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. When the sun is shining you couldn't hope to be anywhere else.

The restaurant itself is modern, relaxed and clean.

Service was a little slow at the start, and maybe a bit chaotic - one of our group was brought a drink without checking with the rest of the table, and menus took quite a while to show up. But after that, our waiting staff were super-friendly, helpful, and gave us great service.

But the food is the main event, and with such a setting it has a lot to live up to. First thing's first - I love a menu that I really struggle to choose from, and this one was a nightmare! So many dishes sounded great, and from a party of 6, not one failed to hit the mark, and all were beautifully presented on super-modern, stylish plates / bowls etc. Too many to talk through each plate, but the Spatchcock with XO, raw Kingfish with smoked togarashi, and Liquorice cake the absolute highlights.

Wine - well, the list was 'ambitiously priced', it's fair to say, but the wines they had were somewhat off the beaten track, and really well chosen to match the food. The glassware wasn't quite up to the same standard, unfortunately - good brands, but at the cheaper, heavier end of the restaurant spectrum. Compared to the rest of the experience I'd have loved to drink from something a little finer.

Overall, a wonderful experience, and I can't wait to go back.

Date of visit: April 2021
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1  Thank AsaJ545
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Reviewed 18 April 2021

The was a Christmas gift and due to a mix up (see my other review), we ended up here instead of one of the other places and it didn't matter because my partner and I had a fabulous time. We arrived by seaplane (how special does that make you feel!) pulling up next to other people who arrived by boat and then had three sublime and very unusual and tasty combinations of food.

Service was attentive and well paced. Given we were there for about three hours between drop off and pick up, the pacing was important and it was good. When the food arrived, we couldn't remember all the flavours in the things we had picked and the wait staff were clear and knowledgeable in explaining the techniques and ingredients to us. There were a few little "extras" thrown in which makes you feel that the prices, which are high are worth it. We sat outside, and the temperature, although not cold was cool so some people were making use of the rugs although being from Canberra we didn't need them!

Towards the end, the larger table next to us was just a bit loud and merry and the language got a bit colourful so we moved out onto the edge of the deck which was lovely to wait the last bit of time until the plane pick up came. Its certainly a special occasion restaurant and I'd recommend the full experience, arrive by plane!

Date of visit: April 2021
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1  Thank Bad_Seed4
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Reviewed 10 March 2021

We returned to Cottage Point Inn to celebrate an important anniversary, and it was just as special, memorable, and delicious as always. Post-Covid the seating arrangements are even more generous so you really feel you are in a private, enchanting world. Incredible water views and a stunning sunset are complemented by an array of delicious dishes. We had the four-course tasting menu which - two amazing seafood appetisers, a satisfying beef main course and the renowned licorice cake for dessert. The service is warm, and unobtrusive which makes for an incredibly relaxing dining experience. This is a trip worth making.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Thank Sarah T
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Reviewed 22 January 2021

We noticed that a ferry went from Palm Beach to Cottage Point (NSW) and the Cottage Point Inn and thought the Inn would be the perfect location for a special celebration. We checked with the restaurant if the combination of the ferry trip and lunch would work and was assured that it did because the ferry would arrive at Cottage Point at 12.15pm and depart at 2.15pm giving us plenty of time to enjoy the 3 course menu. We were taken to our table which had a lovely outlook. We were offered water, and received a single glass of tap water each – no more was offered again. Our entrée arrived at 12.45pm which was good but not great. At 1.50pm, over an hour after the entrée was served and 25 minutes before our ferry was due to return to Palm Beach, I found our waiter inside chatting to his colleagues at the bar and I enquired about our main course. The people at the table next to us had the same experience. We had been forgotten! Our main course arrived at 2pm and the dessert was shoved in front of us as the ferry came into site at 2.05pm. I didn’t get to dessert but what I ate of the main course was very disappointing.
We spent hundreds of dollars on the worst restaurant experience we have ever endured anywhere. The return ferry trip with the other disappointed and extremely angry Cottage Point Inn diners was a miserable journey. In contrast, the people who dined at the Boathouse at Patonga who returned with us to Palm Beach had a wonderful time.
This was an incredibly dreadful way to treat customers and there is no excuse for this appalling level of service and failure to deliver the expected quality of food.

Date of visit: December 2020
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8  Thank Margaret D
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