It’s no secret I love chowder… Every time I spot it on a menu, it is my go to dish. So after a 2km walk (part boardwalk, pat mud walk) along Vaucluse, from Rose Bay to Shark Bay, it’s only natural we make our way into Nielsen’s Park Restaurant to order their seafood chowder at AUD 21.
Nielsen Park is at the very end of the walk, and though the 325 bus goes there, we chose the adventurer’s path (well, just a 2k walk really): a nice scenic walk with wonderful views of the City.
Nielsen Park Bar and Restaurant, however, is the real gem. To be honest, we were expecting a take away kiosk with french fries and ice creams… and reality was a dream come true: Their seafood chowder was creamy (butter and milk base rather than cream), packed with flavours, and great seafood.
Undeniably the best seafood chowder I’ve had in Sydney so far.
#1: Nielsen Park’s Seafood Chowder at AUD 21 in Vaucluse
#2: Blancharu’s Chowder at AUD 16 in Elisabeth Bay
#4: Doyles on the Beach Chowder at AUD 18.5 (Tomato base, what?!) in Watson’s Bay… the upside being the meatiness of that chowder… But at that price tag, it’s only normal to get a tad more crustacean and fish compared with #3
#5: Suncorp’s food court in Sydney CBD: Seafood Chowder at AUD 5.5: Not bad, but a bit too starchy for my liking mostly due to the fact they used potatoes as a base rather than cream (sorry, no pics!)
As for Nielsen’s Park Restaurant, the other go-to-dish is the slow cooked beef cheek with mash potatoes at AUD 24. The beef cheek was a beautiful melt-in-your-mouth piece of goodness. Even Monsieur – who’s not fond of slow cooked cuts – thought the flavours were beautiful!
As for the dessert, we shared a dessert of the day that consisted of vanilla and smoked tea panna cotta, pashmak, raspberry and rhubarb compote, and white chocolate caramel at AUD10. The dessert was picture perfect, and I absolutely loved the softness of the panna cotta. The panna cotta/ rhubarb and raspberry combination was spot on! Any dessert that has pashmak is great anyway
If anything, I wasn’t exactly fond of the white chocolate caramel… since I’m a dark chocolate addict! We drank a bottle of San Pellegrino at AUD 6 and left satiated and happy, having discovered a real gem.
Bill came down to AUD 61 which truly, is fair, since a sunday lunch at Doyles on the Wharf would be pricier and not as intimate and nice.
We will be back… The only question is whether we will be able to order something different next time we come for the two dishes we chose were so beautifully executed!
For a look at their menu:
If you want to make your own seafood chowder (easy recipe): click here