Summer Vibes at The Newport

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

What's an Aussie summer without a day spent by the beach? Located in the northern suburbs, a little further away from Sydney's more well-trodden beaches, The Newport is a lively place to spend a long summer afternoon. 

There is a buzzing, beach club party vibe about the venue. With alfresco-style seating, live music on the weekends and picturesque gardens that overlook Newport beach, it's the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon. 

Two-toned sun umbrellas provide shade to the outdoor dining benches and mismatched tiled tables, and ingenious roof-fixed water sprinklers provide cool reprieve in the warmer weather.

Various huts scattered around the complex serve different types of food, so you can be assured that there will be something to suit everyone's taste. There's hearty salads, burgers, fish 'n chip style seafood, smoked and rotisserie meats and handmade wood-fired pizzas. Cool superfood smoothies, cold pressed juices and beach-side cocktails can also be ordered from the bar.

It's a casual venue that is also great for a get together with groups. Areas can be reserved, or, alternatively, turn up early to secure one of the many sun-soaked outdoor benches. Orders are taken separately at each different kiosk. When we visited - which happened to be peak time on the weekend - service ran like a production line and the food came out relatively fast. 

Vinnie's pizza, located in the center of the sprawling grounds, is one section of the venue with seating that is located inside its own building. A large wood-fired oven pumps out blistered, puffed-crust pizzas like a production line. They also come in a cute kid's size for the little ones.

Margherita ($20)
A tasty tomato sauce made from San Marzano tomato coats the soft, thin base of this pizza. It's topped with rounds of molten buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. The pizza base here has got to be one of my favourites in Sydney - soft and thin in the middle, with a slightly chewy crust that is gorgeously puffed and charred.

Gamberi ($24)
A good amount of prawns are scattered on the same tomato base along with milky fior di latte, sweet, softened cherry tomatoes and fresh chilli. The chilli provides only a slight warmth, so it's not very hot at all. The prawns are juicy and sweet.

Kid's ham and mushroom ($12)
The kid's size pizzas have a considerably higher crust to base ratio, making them ideal for those who love pizza crusts. Topped with rough pieces of Italian ham and silky button mushrooms, it's a simple pizza that ticks all the right boxes.

Rucola salad ($11)
A fresh salad of baby rocket and parmesan shavings is dressed in balsamic. It's something we always order when we see it on the menu!

Fish & chips ($26)
This beer-battered flat head is cooked to perfection, with a light, airy batter and a fish that flakes apart well. There are three generous pieces here, which rest atop a mound of golden chips.

Salt & pepper calamari ($19.50)
Asian-style salt and pepper calamari is the epitome of summer snack food. Coated in a lightly seasoned batter, it's tender and tossed with fresh coriander, chilli and flecks of sweet, punchy garlic. Very moreish, especially with a squeeze of lime.

What's a meal without dessert? The café counter just behind the rotisserie serves coffee, cakes and a number of gelati and sweet treats. 

Cinnamon doughnut ($2), Nutella and lemon curd filled donuts
We saw these doughnuts come out fresh from the kitchen, so just had to give them a try. They are very good - light, airy and not oily at all. The cinnamon ring doughnut is a classic favourite, but we also especially love the tangy, sweet lemon curd-filled one. Nutella gelato is refreshing and has that addictive chocolate-hazelnut flavour.

With the Aussie summer well and truly upon us, The Newport takes the idea of the beach club to a whole new level. It is an ideal place to bask in the summer sun with good food and drinks.


The Newport Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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