For a peninsula suburb, Balmain was surprisingly short on waterside dining options. That all changed a few months back when The Galley at Sydney Boathouse landed on the shores of Rozelle Bay.

Ok, so Rozelle isn’t exactly Balmain but it’s close enough and The Galley is exactly what’s been missing in Balmain and the entire inner west.

Blissfully tucked away at the super yacht marina, we think it’s Sydney’s best-kept secret making the most of her incredible harbour. With chilled boathouse vibes and a relaxed beachy aesthetic, the interiors are charming. The hero however is the world class backdrop – views of the boat studded bay are met with the city skyline and for the millennials we assure you The Galley’s menu is totally instagramable.

On our visit for lunch Sydney turns on a perfect autumn day, a balmy 26 degrees with an immaculate blue sky overhead.

We perch ourselves on the outside wicker lounges to soak up some sun and order an absolute feast. Everything on the menu sounds delicious and the pricing is spot on. The owner tells us that currently The Galley is serving up breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. Due to popular demand, it’s looking like some evenings may open up for dinner as well.

Wines are all priced at $37 a bottle or $8.50 a glass which is a fantastic price point however we go for a coffee and a green smoothie of avocado, spinach and macadamia. Food wise the king prawn linguine with truffle is so tempting but we decide to keep it light to exonerate ourselves for trying something sweet later (standard Wear to Dine tactics).

We settle on the buffalo mozzarella, the poké bowl and the vanilla poached pear which appears before us with stunning presentation. The buffalo mozzarella is superb, topped with a salsa verde and crunchy tempura asparagus. The pops of pomegranate add a flourish of colour and freshness to the dish.

The poké bowl is also fantastic and very satisfying. The hit of kimchi adds some fire and the soft egg and avo is creamy and delicious with the salmon sashimi.

Even though we prefer savoury over sweet the vanilla poached pear is yumbo and perfect to finish on. Oh Lordy what a treat, the light brioche is oozing with salted caramel goodness and a drizzle of passionfruit cream. It sounds heavy but it’s not and the dish is finished with a sharp zest of lemon and a lovely crunch of candied pistachios.

Wonderfully satisfied we sink into the lounge and let the afternoon drift over us to the sounds of the gentle lapping harbour. This is absolute bliss, we linger not wanting to leave and already start planning our next visit as that prawn linguine is a must!

Draw your outfit inspo for The Galley from its stunning destination at Rozelle Bay. Think nautical vibes, softy breezy silhouettes with voluminous sleeves or skirts. Natural fibres like linens and cottons would also be a great choice. Don’t forget your wide brimmed straw hat to keep the sun at bay and a fabulous pair of sunglasses!


As a local I was trés excited about visiting The Galley. The venue is chilled and very laid back so to be fair I may have gone a little extra with my look purely for the gram! I’m sure we’ve all done it.

This dress was a gift from my husband on a recent stay at Qualia so for me it represents picturesque waterside locations so seemed the perfect choice. I love the fit of a wrap dress as it skims the body and feels loose yet looks chic. I recently discovered Glam Corner and low and behold this very dress is on the site to hire! So of course I’ve added the link for you below to explore!

The Jimmy Choos are a classic timeless style and go with any outfit. The sunglasses were an absolute steal at Decjuba  in the Birkenhead Point outlets. They are literally my rose coloured glasses and through these lenses the world is nothing short of perfect!

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