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Sea Bar Café, Dee Why – Rating: 17/25 (re-review)

Sea Bar Café

Sea Bar Café

We have been to Sea Bar before.  So why again when there are so many cafés along the strip?  Strolling along the Dee Why beach front, it just seems to have the right amount of customers (a lot meaning the food has to be good, right?), decently sized menu, outspoken staff to catch your attention and dishes on tables that look delicious.  So I had no issue with sitting down there again…
Freshly squeezed juices

Freshly squeezed juices

Whatever your fresh juice pleasure, Sea Bar will oblige.  They are all freshly squeezed and chilled with ice.  Mix them how you please.
Mocha

Mocha

I was joined this week by a seasoned mocha drinker and she had only good things to say about her beverage.  Great beans with a rich flavour and enough chocolate to tide her over!
Seasonal fresh fruit salad

Seasonal fresh fruit salad

The seasonal fresh fruit salad ($10.90) is served with yoghurt on top and honey on the side.  While it didn’t have the best presentation of salads we have seen in the past (see Bather’s Pavilion or Counting Sheep), there was a great selection of fruit and it was all ripe & fresh).
BLT customised to a BLEAT

BLT customised to a BLEAT

I always find it hard to resist converting a BLT ($9.50) to a BLEAT (bacon, lettuce, egg, avocado, tomato) when I see it on a menu.  The kitchen did a fine job in serving this behemoth which looked great despite its size.  The taste was even better, sparked by a seeded mustard aioli that really worked well with the bacon and avocado.
Sea Bar avocado sourdough toast

Sea Bar avocado sourdough toast

For those who want something different but more elegant than what I ordered, the Sea Bar avocado sourdough toast ($14.90) is a good choice.  The toast is topped with a generous serving of Persian feta, avocado, tomato and two poached eggs.  The eggs were poached just right, the yolk adding moisture to the dish.  The feta was smooth if a bit rich, but overall a satisfying dish.
Other delights on the menu include the Dee Why Beach big brekky (eggs, bacon, mushroom, tomato, hashbrown, chicken chipolata sausages and sourdough, $16.90)high energy breakfast (fresh herbs and ham scrambled in four egg whites, lamb cutlets, roasted tomatoes and rye, $19.90)Spanish omelette (chorizo, leg ham, bacon, tomato, olives, basil and cheese with multigrain soudough, $15.90) and French toast (with bacon and maple syrup, $13.50).
Sometimes the big crowd in the small space can become a bit stuffy and I had to take a star off for charging a surcharge on Sundays (because it’s so uncommon in our experience) so if you can get here on a weekday, that is probably your best option.  However for tasty food with a great seaside view, Sea Bar is a top spot.

Taste: StarStarStar
Presentation:StarStarStarStar
Service: StarStarStar
Atmosphere: StarStarStarStar
Value: StarStarStar

Overall Rating: 17/25

Phone: 9982 8016
Address: 20 The Strand, Dee Why, 2099

Payment Options: CC, EFTPOS, cash (10% surcharge on Sundays and public holidays, minimum $30 on all cards)

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