Best seafood chowder in Sydney at Nielsen's Park Restaurant

Best seafood chowder in Sydney and a review of Nielsen’s Park Restaurant

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. 

Best seafood chowder in Sydney at Nielsen's Park Restaurant
Best seafood chowder in Sydney at Nielsen’s Park Restaurant

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.

View from Queen's Beach in Vaucluse
View from Queen’s Beach in Vaucluse

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

Best seafood chowder in Sydney at Nielsen's Park Restaurant
Best seafood chowder in Sydney at Nielsen’s Park Restaurant

#2: Blancharu’s Chowder at AUD 16 in Elisabeth Bay

Blancharu, where to get seafood chowder in Sydney
Blancharu, where to get seafood chowder in Sydney

#3: Doyles on the Wharf’s Chowder at AUD 8 (but not that outstanding since the rude service from the take away venture) in Watson’s 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!

Nielsen Park Restaurant - Melt in your mouth slow cooked beef cheeks and mash potatoes
Nielsen Park Restaurant – Melt in your mouth slow cooked beef cheeks and mash potatoes

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 ;)

Nielsen Park's Restaurant - dessert of the day
Nielsen Park’s Restaurant – dessert of the day

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.

Nielsen Park Restaurant - Do come in!
Nielsen Park Restaurant – Do come in!

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.

Nielsen Park Restaurant - The Bill
Nielsen Park Restaurant – The Bill

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:

http://www.nielsenpark.com.au/downloads/nielsen_park_lunch.pdf

If you want to make your own seafood chowder (easy recipe): click here

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