Bay 33 Cafe

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33 West Coast Dve, Waterman’s Bay
Ph: (08) 9246 9000

A Bay To Remember

I love to sit by the sea for a bite to eat, socialising with friends, and you can’t get much closer to the ocean than at Bay 33 on West Coast Drive in Waterman’s Bay. The light and breezy café immediately made me unwind and ease into the seaside lifestyle. There are wide-open al fresco areas looking out to the beach and the Indian Ocean. I noted the see-through blinds were rolled up and ready for winter winds.
The staff are incredibly friendly and attentive, making each customer feel important. Even though Bay 33 had only been open a month, everything seems effortless for them, as if they had been around for decades.
At the time of my visit, Bay 33 had only been open a short time, but I’d already heard so much about it from friends who had been. With its stunning views of the coast, good service (and of course the great food) it’s easy to enjoy the laid back ambience of Bay 33.
They have excellent chefs, as we well and truly sampled up to dolly’s wax (old expression for being very full!) and a pastry chef who makes muffins, croissants, slices, cakes and lots of gluten free goodies fresh daily. I drooled over the cake display and all the treats looked delightful, fresh and colourful.
Our brunch began with Chunky Bircher Muesli and it could have ended there! Not only was it filling, but creamy with the crunch of fresh apple, seeds, nuts, and the twang of cinnamon. I loved the yogurt and fresh sliced plums on top.
The Breakfast BLT had a new twist – poached eggs sitting atop a BLT mountain on sourdough bread with tomato confit, smooth avocado and delightfully crisp pancetta. The serve was very generous and when pierced, the sunny yolks flowed over the volcano-like feast. The watercress garnish topped it off with a healthy crunch.
Our favourite was the Crab Pasta, and it was certainly a unique concept. The Angel Hair pasta was perfectly al dente, and woven into this nest were divine chunks of Blue Manna crab, cherry tomatoes, Spanish onion, basil, and a touch of chilli. The dressing of olive oil, lemon and lime juice hit the perfection button. The dish had an Asian quality, which was truly refreshing.
This dish and the Cod Risotto would have gone down well with a crisp white wine. The zesty risotto was creamy and the lemon flavour made it zesty. The cod was tasty and tender with a nice glaze on it, making it a great combo.
At bursting point by now, we attempted the Chicken Wrapped in Prosciutto, a whole moist fillet stuffed with a tangy garlic mix, poached and served with a delectable mushroom puree. It was accompanied by a superb combination of potato and beans as a warm salad
We couldn’t resist tasting the Fillet Steak Garni, 250 grams of melt-in-your mouth local Black Angus beef floating in divine red wine jus. The crispy onion rings done in a light batter were gorgeous, and I loved the creamy mash and mushed peas -a real winter filler.
This café is the perfect spot for a weekday breakfast, or just for a coffee with friends (with cake, of course!). But lunch would also be fantastic and the fresh sea air at night would be wonderful all year round. I personally can’t wait to return.
Bay 33 is open seven days. On Monday and Tuesday – 6.30 am to 5pm; and Wednesday to Sunday 6.30 am to late. They are currently in the process of getting their liquor license, and until then they offer BYO at $5 per bottle of wine.
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By Frances Myshell


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