Bathers’ Pavilion is a bit of a North Shore icon and has a fascinating history. The building itself was commissioned by Mosman Council in 1924 and officially opened in 1929. It was designed with a Moorish feel and offered change facilities and lockers and also sold swimmers, towels and caps. In 1967 it became Mischa’s Restaurant for a number of years and after a long battle with council it opened in 1999 as the Bathers’ Pavilion Cafe & Restaurant. The cafe location couldn’t be more perfect for families, situated right on beautiful Balmoral beach where the water is calm for little ones. Expect high prices but excellent service and delicious food.
Little ones are well looked after with colouring, highchairs and one of the best equipped children’s bathrooms around.There is no children’s menu for breakfast however for lunch and dinner, the children’s menu is $18 (under 10 years) or $19-$20 (10-16 years). All their favourite meals are on offer with notable additions such as chicken fillet with napolitana pasta; steak, veg and chips; and steamed black mussels.
The something different at breakfast choose the Arroz Caldo – Filipino style rice, shredded chicken, poached egg, shallots and chilli or Blood pudding and ham hock on pumpernickel toast. The coffee is from The Grounds Roasters and is excellent. For lunch and dinner, choose from salads and small meals; pizzas; pasta and rice; and larger meals such as market fish, lamb loin and beef mignons. Prices range from.
Bring your bucket and spade and head to the beach or the playground. Bathers’ Kiosk is just around the corner from the cafe and serve coffee, snacks, sandwiches and salads. The playground is up the other end of the beach (near The Boathouse).