I know there’s been a drought for the past few years, but I’m not sure how business will be at Whale Beach Deli when the rain finally comes. Predominately an outside venue with only an indoor row of stools at a bar along the wall, I hope the shady umbrellas outside are waterproof. Unlike the other cafes in the Boathouse portfolio, Whale Beach Deli serves the same menu to a much smaller group of diners and without the ocean views (although poke your head around the side of the building and you can see the ocean). I have been to three of the Boathouses in Sydney, and this has to be the best serve of scones, jam and cream yet. To be honest, it’s usually quite ordinary. This time round the lightly toasted buttermilk scones (not sure why they have to be toasted) are creamy and fresh, and the jam is now made in house. Today it’s raspberry, and it’s tart and fruity like a good-quality jam should be. The cream is now the only weak link; too light and airy, and dissolves in the August winter sun. You can take home a jar of The Boathouse jam if it impresses.
Tea: A basic range of loose-leaf teas served in a Japanese iron teapot. My Earl Grey tea is served with a mound of lemon zest. Bonus!
Overall: A laidback offshoot of the notoriously popular Boatshed conglomerate.
Location: Ph: 02 9974 5440
Reviewed August 2019