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Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park, Manly
1 North Head Scenic Drive
Manly NSW 2095
Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant and Bar Menu
Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant and Bar Website
Average Meal Price
$51 - based on one entree & main course only
Bookings are essential
Maximum group booking size is 75
No of Seats 70
Mon to Fri 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sat to Sun 11:30am - 11pm
Sat to Sun 11am - 5pm
Mon to Thu 4pm - 11pm
Fri to Sun 5pm - 11pm
All Day Dining option available from the Visitors Centre and Engine Room open 7 days from 10am till 10pm.
Ample or Convenient Parking
* Please note, as the Q-Station is part of NSW National Parks there is no driving of vehicles around the site. The visitors carpark is located near Reception. A regular free shuttle bus takes guests and visitors around the property leaving approximately every 15 minutes.
Standing beside a secluded sandy cove, Q Station’s Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant and Bar offers a contemporary selection of dishes inspired by fresh Australian produce and modern European cuisine.
Housed in the site’s historic, original boilerhouse. It has an adjoining outdoor terrace perfect for a relaxed lunch or cool beverage overlooking Sydney Harbour. Open to both hotel guests and the visiting public.
3.7 Below Average
Food 1 Ambience 4 Service 5 Value 2 Location 7 Quality 3
High Tea was cheap and nasty. The sandwiches were very dry - how long had the food been left standing at room temperature before serving? Pork buns and Asian dumplings for High Tea - how strange. The sweet treats were very ordinary caramel slices, brownies and mini cupcakes - nothing like the advertised menu pictures at all. Very disappointing.
When we asked for more champagne we were told immediately that it would be extra - we weren't expecting to have it for free, but why did they have to point out the obvious? Tea and coffees took a long time to arrive - there was no milk in the restaurant, we were told. And also no teaspoons, only wooden stirrers...
When we asked for more coffees, again we were told that it would cost extra. Why would they assume that we would not be paying for extra items ordered?
When we left, the person who had greeted us initially did not even bother getting up from her seat at the front door (she had her back turned) - not very hospitable, to say the least.
We would definitely not recommend this venue and will not be returning.
May 22, 2013
Food 9 Ambience 7 Service 8 Value 9 Location 7 Quality 8
We received a warm welcome and the service attentive. The food was exceptional and surprisingly fair value-for-money. Accessing the restaurant and learning the history of the venue only adds to the enjoyment of the evening.
Mar 07, 2013
2.2 Not Recommended
Food 3 Ambience 2 Service 1 Value 2 Location 2 Quality 3
So disappointing. We went here expecting a great Saturday night dinner out and certainly didn't get that. From the moment we arrived at the filthy carpet Reception area where the staff blankly told us to sit and wait for the bus to the restaurant, to our arrival at the restaurant where we were barely greeted by a waiter who told us someone else would find us our table...it just went from bad to worse.
The restaurant was busy, we had a booking, there seemed to be plenty of staff wandering around not doing very much. The table next to ours remained laden with dirty plates, napkins on the floor for our entire meal even though the people vacated it soon after we arrived. There was another napkin on the floor near our table and the staff just walked over it/around it all night. No one bothered to pick it up.
We were only offered bread when we noticed the olive oil on the table and asked for it after our main courses had arrived. The portions are absurdly tiny - the barramundi main looked more like a starter - so we really needed that bread to fill up. All up - chaotic service, poor value, pointless location - there was no sense of being in an interesting historic location on the water (no water view at all). Where is the manager? A disgrace!
Jan 15, 2013
9.5 Highly Recommended
Food 9 Ambience 10 Service 9 Value 10
We ate here tonight, our second time, because we were staying. For a hotel type restaurant the food and service is way above average. Entree and mains were hot, fresh, tasty and perfect size. Desserts were the only minor letdown as both were too big and too much preprepared. Apple pie, although nice, tasted like it was heated in the microwave. Although if I could make pie like it I would be very happy. At $179 for 2 x 3 course meals with a bottle of wine it was excellent value for money. Recommended.
Aug 18, 2012
Food 8 Ambience 7 Service 8 Value 6
We dined there on Saturday 14th January and we never had any problems with service. The food was served quickly and was of an extremely high standard, we had no complaints. The menu is quite small and expensive but that is what we expected, people seem surprised (perhaps, they should look at the website first before booking). The only strange thing for us was when we asked which dessert the waitress would recommend and she replied some aren't very good go for the brulee. We took her advice and it was delicious.
Jan 15, 2012
3 Below Average
Food 2 Ambience 6 Service 2 Value 2
Interesting location, but the Boiler House was very underwhelming. We were 4, the table was set for 5 which they insisted on changing, that took 10 minutes to remove a glass and cutlery while we stood around outside.
The wine list looked like it was from the set of Faulty Towers, it was printed, however, had been scribbled and written on, with most wines being crossed out, it looked extremely unprofessional. I knew in advance the meals were priced a little higher but I did not realise they would be tiny. 2 scallops with a teaspoon of crushed peas for $18 and $36 for a 125g steak and a scoop of what looked and tasted like powdered mashed potato.
We also had a salt and pepper squid which looked and tasted like the frozen type that comes from Manly Freezers. The squid arrived almost cold so had toughened up, the steak was cooked well but with a diameter of 6cm it disappeared quickly, others had the Barramundi that was a good serve and nicely presented.
The wine was the first thing ordered but arrived after the entrees and the coffee took forever despite there only 2 groups left in the restaurant and arrived cold. Summary: not slow with the food prep, but wait staff were very slow thus the cold food and coffee that I found sitting on the service bench and begged to be delivered, $350 for 4 entrees, 4 mains, 2 deserts, 2 coffees and a 1 bottle wine and we left hungry and unsatisfied.
The best part of the night was the little tour that the shuttle bus driver gave us on the way back up the hill. Go to the Q station for the tour, don't bother going to the boiler house.
Dec 18, 2011
Food 6 Ambience 6 Service 6 Value 5
Tourist or work party venue. Food seems to be prepared well though I question the quality (my beef was ideally prepared and served as requested but, unfortunately, had no flavour). I don't like to receive a menu then be advised after studying it that some selections are not available. The building which houses the restaurant is nestled in a beautiful cove on North Head its a shame that you can't see or enjoy the vista while seated. The best part of dining here is to learn the history about Q station without all the ghost nonsense.
Dec 18, 2011
Food 7 Ambience 9 Service 7 Value 7
Quick summary: Lovely location and the staff are friendly. Service could be annoyingly slow for some, but, as we were in a relaxed mood etc, we didn't mind the wait too much.
Food was good, but the serving size (especially the entree, given the prices) could be larger. Overall, we enjoyed this enough to make us consider going back another time.
Finally, it's not the staff's fault if people bring toddlers to a restaurant on a weekend lunchtime. It's the parents fault if they are allowed to run around, being noisy (you know how little kids think screaming/screeching is a cool sound to make?). However, it Is the staff's fault if they allow a parent to change a dirty nappy in the restaurant, on the floor, even if it is over in a corner away from other diners.
It's an open plan layout and the sight of that is not what we paid to see. There are baby change facilities available and staff should feel empowered to tell patrons to use them. If they don't feel confident to do so, then that's the management's fault for not empowering their staff.
Nov 26, 2011
2.8 Not Recommended
Food 3 Ambience 4 Service 2 Value 2
We went here for our anniversary the other night. Despite reading the reviews here, we thought we would give it a go. Big mistake! We looked up the menu online and they had about 7-8 entrees and 7-8 mains listed.
When we arrived, there was only one other table that was taken which wasn't surprising being a Monday night. The waiter gave us the menu which was just a printed piece of A4 paper which I thought was very unprofessional given the kind of restaurant it is and the price you are paying.
The service was non-existent, being that they seat everyone upstairs, the waiter and waitress seemed like they couldn't be bothered walking all the way up the stairs unless they were carrying food up. There were only 4 entrees and 4 mains on the menu even though they show more on their website which I thought wasn't very professional.
It took them 20 minutes to take our order and then another 20 minutes just to get a bread roll. My husband had the pork belly for an entree and he thought it was good apart from the fact that it wouldn't even be enough food to feed my 16 month old child who doesn't eat much.
My husband had the chicken for main and I had the beef fillet. I asked for it to be Med-Well and it came to me like a hockey puck which was completely dark brown inside. The mains were tasteless and not seasoned at all. The jus that came with the beef had no flavour to it.
After being so so so hungry and seeing how damn small the desserts were, we decided to skip dessert and coffee and stopped at McDonalds on our way home!
Sooooo not happy as the restaurant basically ruined our anniversary dinner.
The highlight of the whole night was the bus driver who took us back up to the top and told us a bit of history. We would never ever go here again and not recommend it to anyone else!
Nov 23, 2011
Food 9 Ambience 6 Service 1 Value 6
The food was very nice, I enjoyed all of it, however, some of the menu items were not available. The service was very cold and very slow. I don't think I will be going back purely due to the bad service, it really let the food down.
Oct 23, 2011