In the shadows of the Anzac Bridge in Rozelle Bay, unbeknownst to many Sydneysiders, some of the world’s most luxurious superyachts are moored. While owning one may seem unattainable, there’s no harm in admiring them – especially when you can do so from the outdoor wicker lounges of The Galley.
The cafe has taken over what was once a customer lounge for the Sydney Boathouse, which has been transformed to reflect its nautical Hamptons-style surroundings. There’s raw timbers, plenty of whites and blues, and plants hanging from the ceiling and walls. It joins The Lookout in Elizabeth Bay and Celsius Coffee Co in Kirribilli as one of the surprisingly few venues making the most of Sydney’s working wharfs. It’s got impressive views of the harbour and past Anzac Bridge to the city.
Owner Bal Singh says The Galley has been designed to feel like a hidden oasis. “It’s a very tranquil part of Sydney. It’s a bit private and a bit industrial even though we’re not very far from the CBD.”
Campos is the house coffee, and if you’re dining in the morning you’re likely to order it with eggs. They come with bacon and smoky barbeque sauce in a brioche roll, scrambled with black sausage, or poached with corn and zucchini fritters, avocado, haloumi and roast tomato. At lunch, The Galley does a salmon sashimi poke bowl, a Wagyu burger and a teriyaki chargrilled chicken panini.
For drinks, there are smoothies – such as the Avocado Green, which blends avocado, banana, milk, yoghurt, coconut cream, lemon and honey – and a Colombian panela, a sweet, lemony sugarcane drink available hot or cold.
And if you’re lucky enough to own one of the mega yachts moored in the bay, The Galley packs meals into wicker baskets for you to enjoy as you drift around the harbour. Now that’s the life.