Views to dine by at The Basin Dining Room in Mona Vale Surf Club.

The Basin Dining Room at Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club’s $9 million fit-for-purpose facility has opened on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, just in time for the summer season. With spectacular beach views and a fitout by Giant Design (Zhou Canton, Randwick Labour Club), The Basin Dining Room is one of the centrepieces of the Warren and Mahoney-designed building, which is set over two levels with a total of 1690sqm of floor space.

Seafood is a focus of the new Basin Dining Room at Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.

Local chef Doug Fraser (ex Aria and Raymond Blanc Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire) and his restaurateur wife Kylie, who own and operate Lovat at Newport, won the tender to operate the first floor 90-seat restaurant dining space.

With a focus on seafood, Basin Dining Room head chef Dan Weier (ex 4Fourteen) is offering starters of marinated kingfish and a retro Queensland tiger prawn cocktail dressed in Marie Rose sauce on a milk roll to mains of steamed hapuka and scampi risotto.

There is also a range of casual dishes available, from burgers to fish and chips. Drinks include a signature Appletini cocktail, craft beers, and a range of French, Italian and New Zealand wines as well as local drops, including a top-notch SA shiraz and a Japanese whiskey. 

The new club facility, which was officially unveiled in June, also consists of the ground-level 70-seat Brightside Café operated by Nine Yards Coffee.

“Lifesavers and club volunteers play such a vital role in keeping our community safe and it’s important that their facilities are top-notch. This building meets all the practical requirements, but it is also flexible for a wide range of uses,” Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan informed Club Management.

“The new club building is an enduring legacy and something the whole community can be proud of. It’s wonderful to see the new restaurant, The Basin Dining Room open at this spectacular location.”

Watch the fly-through of the new Mova Vale Surf Club here:

New Long Reef Surf Club opening delayed

Giant Design is also at the completion stage of the new $7.5 million community and club facility at Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club, also on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. A grand opening was scheduled for the new clubhouse in early December, but that has now been delayed until early 2023.

As part of the redevelopment of the club, a new café of 110sqm, including indoor and outdoor areas, is in the final stages of being built at Long Reef Beach – next to the surf club.

Council accepted a tender from Martin Arrisueno for the cafe, Butterbox – named after a local surf break – with an approved lease of five years, with an additional five-year option at the lessee’s discretion. Arrisueno already operates at The Pocket at Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club.

The café is independent of the surf club and will serve both the general public as well as the surf club’s 1400 members.

Council is also upgrading outdoor facilities in partnership with Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club which will include showers, a staircase and paving.  The works are scheduled to commence in March 2023. A concept design is also being developed for a new boardwalk to connect to the coastal walk, with work also scheduled to commence next year.

The yet-to-be-completed Long Reef Surf Club, another Giant Design project.

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