14 August 2012

The Nuns' Pool: Cafe and Restaurant, Cronulla (12 Aug 2012)

103 Ewos Parade, Cronulla NSW 2230

Nuns in the shire

“The Sisters of Mercy (Parramatta) came to Cronulla in 1924 and bought the first of two properties whereupon they built their residence and convent which they named ‘Stella Maris’. During the years they would bathe within a small rock formation in front of Stella Maris.”

There was no sign of nuns swimming in a pool at The Nuns' Pool but the cafe seemed to be a nice and friendly hangout for the 'real' shire people that you probably won't find on The Shire TV. Starting with the Chefs Tasting plate ($9 per person) seemed to be a good choice to try a few things. Everything provided was good, especially the zucchini & haloumi fritters which I'd happily have again as a share plate on its own. The menu listed the tasting plate as $12.50 per person but service informed us it would be $9 per person — perhaps there was less available on the day? The Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi, Burnt Butter, Almond ($23 main size) was well-liked with a nice combination of flavours. I would have loved a bit more burnt butter sauce around the dish for extra flavour. My House Smoked Ocean Trout, Potato & Celeriac Hash, Poached Egg, Parsley, Capers & Dill ($24 main size) had tasty flavours from the caper & dill combination working well on the dish. The smokiness of the ocean trout wasn't too heavy making it a pleasant dish to eat with the extra creaminess from the runny poached egg. With baby on board I was happy to see a well-equipped toilet with a baby change table available and a decent amount of room to work the magic. The young service staff were friendly and polite and the atmosphere was cosy.

PROS: Friendly and polite service, Nice tasting dishes, Entree and main size available on menu, Baby friendly except for the stairs to enter with a pram, Plenty of street parking
CONS: $2.50 surcharge on Sundays, All the way in Cronulla so not a local spot for me, Can be a bit pricey depending on what you order
MUST TRY: Zucchini & Haloumi Fritters
BABY ON BOARD: Good toilet facilities for baby changing, High chair available, Casual enough to have a fairly well-behaved kid
VERDICT: Nice food and service that I'd gladly come back to try more dishes on the menu
Chefs Tasting plate: Jamon Serrano, two dips, zucchini & haloumi fritters, marinated feta & mixed olives, with bread ($9 per person, $45)

Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi, Burnt Butter, Almond ($23 main size)

House Smoked Ocean Trout, Potato & Celeriac Hash, Poached Egg, Parsley, Capers & Dill ($24 main size)

Antipodes Sparkling ($7.50)


Bill $195 for 5.

The story of the nuns on the wall mirror

The unisex toilet has baby change table which is good, kept clean and plenty of room

Located opposite Shelly Park — looks like a nice area for a coastal walk

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Richard Elliot said...

I enjoyed my run and breakfast at the Nun's Pool last year. It had a relaxed atmosphere, nice ambience and my breakfast was pretty good too.

I wonder if they have an upswing in business because of the TV program?

Sara - Belly Rumbles said...

Must say, my experience wasn't as good as yours. As a local shire girl, I haven't bothered going back. I find it expensive for what it is.

gaby @ lateraleating said...

I'd expect more modest food from the nuns :) Great top photo, made me salivate.

Rachel said...

Nun's Pool is great for breakfast and always busy. It can be a little pricey and I have been there and witnessed some bad service on one occassion, but generally if you know what to order it is a great experience. The fritters, Nun's Breakfast and milkshakes are yummy!

Simon Leong said...

hi richard, i might try it again for their breakfast menu if i'm down that way again. i'm thinking unless they are actually on the show i reckon business would be as per usual.

hi sara, what did you try on the menu that you weren't too happy with? i can see your point about being expensive though depending on what you order although compared to some places i guess it's about normal for sydney.

hi gaby, hehe nice one. looks like they've been watching MasterChef ;-)

hi rachel, i'll have to try the milkshake next time. thanks for the recommendations.

Prick With a Fork said...

Nun's is alright, and as it's the in-laws' local I can't very well blog it and crap all over it. They're friendly as hell to locals, but their weekend lunch menu is bizarre. Why Australians stop serving Eggs Benedict at 11:30am, when that's EXACTLY when you want some (washed down with the Sunday papers and six or seven bloodies), is beyond me.

Simon Leong said...

hi prick with a fork, eggs benedict would be good as an all day breakfast item that's for sure :-)

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