The latest venture from Justin Hemmes’ Merivale Group, The Collaroy on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, has opened, nine months after the bar baron paid a rumoured $21 million for the beachside pub.
The site, halfway between The Newport and the Manly Wharf restaurant currently being transported from Papi Chulo to Queen Chow, continues the holiday house style Hemmes and his sister Bettina infused into the Coogee Pavilion, with a strong focus on dining thanks to chef Jordan Toft, who after launching the Eastern suburbs venue three years ago now turns his focus to north of the harbour.
The two-floor venue offers all-day dining downstairs, with a breakfast kiosk, “health-driven” salads and on-trend “bowls” such as smoked ocean trout with shaved brussel sprouts, boiled egg, sprouted grains and apple cider. Evenings heralds snacks and daily pub grub such as moussaka and pork and fennel sausages.
Upstairs is a restaurant with an open kitchen and two bars. Toft’s menu combines Australian classics with a Mediterranean flavour, from prawns with cocktail sauce, to grilled spatchcock with potatoes and oregano, and Riverina rib eye with BBQ onions and mustard jus.
Then there’s burgers, snacks and salads, as well as wood-fired pizza.
The Collaroy at 1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy, is open daily from 7:30am, until midnight, and until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Merivale Group now has more than 70 restaurants and bars across Sydney.
Last week Justin Hemmes made the AFR’s Rich list, appearing at 78 with an estimated worth on $951 million.
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