Date of Visit: August 18 2013
It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday and the plan was for a drive to Rose Bay for a lunch at The Sailors Club. I guess we were not the only ones with the same ideas as the restaurant was fully booked. So without a booking we were asked whether we would like to put our names down for a 3:30pm sitting (a 3 hours wait) or to go downstairs to The Swimmers Club for coffees and more casual fares.
The Swimmers Club is a revamp of the old Rose Bay kiosk. It has been done up very nicely, a sleek shed with motorised shades to block out rain, and sittings along the dining bench along the deck. It was packed, but we managed to get seats at the dining bench.
It was very idyllic sitting under the sun – catching warm sea breezes, watching activities on the sea and checking out people walking along the shores. Occasionally a sea gull would swoop in to perch on the balustrade, probably looking for a bite. All-in-all, a fantastic place to while away the hours – however, not if you are hungry and waiting for ages for food to arrive!
When food finally made their appearance after a very patient 40 minutes wait, I am sad to pronounce it ‘subpar’.
The omelette was more like a fritata with potato and extremely salty. The lamb pie was a ball of tough pastry with only a tiny chunk of lamb in it, and very sweet with sautéed tomato/capsicums/onions mix – incidently also cameoing as a side. The bread and butter pudding slice was quite inedible and the worst I had ever tasted – I couldn’t comprehend the taste, except it’s custard-ly sweet, doughy, not fresh and topped with oily stale bread chunks with a sprinkling of icing sugar for deco.
Nevertheless, the saving grace was the coffees and the views. I won’t say never, but if I come back next time, it will only be for coffee.
The Swimmers Club: 594 New South Head Road, Rose Bay, NSW