It might feel like a world away, but this lovely waterside cafe is right on our doorstep. Have you discovered it yet?
If you’re looking for something special on the local cafe-and-dining scene, Echo on the Marina at Roseville Chase is literally a breath of fresh air. A short drive from the Roseville Bridge, there is plenty of parking on Normac Street. As you make your way down the stairs the amazing view opens up before you. Boats bob on the blue water, yachts sit majestic on their moorings, and kayakers and small dinghies make their way slowly across the bay. There, nestled at the base of the hillside, where the water meets the beautiful Australian bush, sits a 120+ seater restaurant. As you take in the serenity, Echo on the Marina certainly lives up to its name, but it’s only the sound of birdcall you’ll hear echoing across the Point.
New owners Trent and Angela Wilson have recently taken over the venue. They’re well versed in waterside eateries – the pair also run well-known Cottage Point Kiosk. “We couldn’t believe how ideal the location was,” says Trent. “It’s a perfect piece of paradise that’s not well known in Sydney.”
The cafe does feel like a real discovery – it’s beautiful, from the marina’s cottage and the seating area to the scenery. The left-side seating is perfect for families or couples who’ll appreciate the picturesque little bay and spotting the ducks gliding past. However sitting anywhere lends itself to an outstanding waterside breakfast, or the perfect spot to open a bottle of wine over lunch (the restaurant is fully licensed).
A lot of thought has been put into ensuring the food is on par with the setting. The Wilsons spent ten years working in the yachting industry in Europe, and have honed the menu and given it a more European feel in recent months.
The breakfast menu is designed to impress both boaties who know a thing or two about how to brunch, as well as locals who just want to linger over a meal with a view.
Lunch is a real affair here, so make sure you bring an appetite. Menu items include the very popular slow cooked beef ribs, seared scallops, seafood risotto and confit duck leg among others. Sweet-tooths will be impressed with the dessert menu: it features classics such as Sticky Date Pudding and a flourless hot chocolate soufflé, or there’s the Persian Orange and Almond Cake or Apple Frangipane Flan for those feeling adventurous.
Once you’ve discovered Echo on the Marina be prepared to revisit again and again. At his regular table right at the water’s edge you might see George, a true local, who’s been coming here since 1974. “Of course all of this wasn’t here then,” he says gesturing around the beautiful cafe. “Back then all of this was under water during high tide, and I’d always have to climb a rickety ladder from the water to reach the land. And there wasn’t any food to buy. In fact it was my sister who first started selling some light takeaway items.”
If you feel like stretching your legs after the meal, you can head up through the bush tracks of Echo Point meeting adventurers and local dog walkers along the way. You’ll also spy some beautiful picnic spots, all with million dollar views. At the end of the path is a great surprise for families – a pirate ship playground in which to while away another half hour. Don’t miss the billboard at the end of the path, with its black-and-white photos depicting local families clearly enjoying the exact same secret spot over 100 years ago.
Echo on the Marina is located at 15 Normac St, Roseville Chase. Opening hours: Wed – Sun. Breakfast from 8am, Lunch from 12pm. It is fully licensed (no BYO), and available to hire for events (parties, weddings, corporate lunches, etc). Bookings for breakfast and lunch are highly recommended. An inclinator is available for anyone who cannot walk down stairs, please call ahead on (02) 9417 4422.
All images courtesy of Echo on the Marina Facebook page.