Just a hop-and-a-skip away from the main Sorrento Quay complex, a popular attraction for families and partygoers alike, there sits Voyage Kitchen, a less-well-known-but-thousand-times-better establishment that has dominated the northern beaches café scene. What could be better than beachfront views and a menu that packs a punch? Having been one of my ultimate favourite cafés for some time now, I jumped at the chance to finally review it when my friend suggested that we catch up over some nomlicous food and slurptastic drinks.
Like most cafés, most of the fittings were of the light wood variety with chalkboard announcement panels that displayed the specials for the day, but what set it apart for me were the giant orange hanging lights that merged perfectly with the restaurant’s décor. Scattered about the space were ceramic pots filled with fresh flowers and various other plants, and there is nothing like fresh flowers to brighten up any room. In addition, there was a recurring nautical theme throughout the place; with stark wooden boards and various wall paintings, I was tempted to jump on a sailboat and let the wind take me where it wants to. It is truly a beautiful space. I would try to further describe the interior but I feel like it would not do it justice, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were surprised to see that it was still packed at 2.30 on a weekday afternoon; it was a short wait before we could be seated. We were given ample time to decide what to order, which was good considering how indecisive I am. Our bubbly waitress arrived and swiftly took our orders: my friend ordered the zucchini fritters and the sweet potato and feta salad while I got the marinaded squid with pasta salad. The salads are made daily, as explained by the waitress, and they constantly change. I’ve always loved how one experience at Voyage is unlikely to be like the next.
Our dishes arrived not long after and I was a tad nervous about the presentation of my squid as the seasoned rocket leaves were obstructing the view of the star of the dish. But one taste was enough to rid me of my doubt. The squid was marvellously cooked and seasoned, but a warning to those who don’t enjoy salty foods, as it might have been a bit high on the sodium chloride content. It was a generous serving but I was still left craving for more. I felt like the salad needed a bit more seasoning but that might have just been because the squid had such a vibrant taste.
My friend’s zucchini fritters looked absolutely amazing with the poached egg and poached salmon. I was certainly experiencing a bit of dish envy as he dug into his.
At Voyage Kitchen, it is an absolute must that desert is ordered. All their cakes are baked daily in house and they are the highlight of the dining experience. I ordered myself a lemon meringue pie while my friend abstained from the sweets and opted for a soy latte. The piecrust was just the right crispness and there was a near perfect balance between the sweet meringue and the tart lemon, two thumbs up! As for the soy latte, I heard no complaints from the other side of the table.
En conclusion, Voyage Kitchen is the place to be for a relaxing afternoon or morning if you can spare the time. It is certainly a favourite of mine. I sometimes find myself daydreaming about those cakes.