Mid-Week Lunch – The Nielsen – Nielsen Park

Mid-Week lunch at The Nielsen in the delightfully empty Nielsen Park. © Lorrie Graham

A Mid-Week lunch always feels wonderfully indulgent. For this “Lunch with Chris” we headed to The Nielsen, the restaurant and Kiosk that has happily served Sydney since 1914.

Sydney has an abundance of riches when it comes to stunning harbourside destinations, but Nielsen Park is particularly popular.

So getting in so early into spring and mid-week meant we had the place pretty much to ourselves.

The Nielsen is known for the locally sourced ingredients and dynamic breakfast menus or the boutique wines matched to a lunch menu which changes throughout the year to reflect individual season.

I started with a couple of Oysters and moved onto the fish of the day, Chris had the – hard not to pinch – fish and chips and we added a couple of healthy sides.

I loved watching three ancient men arrive mid-afternoon to indulge in a delightful looking profiteroles for arvo tea…. Chris and I agreed that this is what ageing should look like…friends in a beautiful place and indulgence.


We also decided that …. like when we travel …. we should spend more time at some of the beautiful places we have in Sydney. An early morning swim and breakfast at the Nielsen Park Kiosk. Or a picnic mid-week ( one of the great advantages of being an ageing freelancer)

The Kiosk is just one of several venues available for private hire in Nielsen Park, among the Moreton Bay figs, making it a perfect place to hold a special event or memorable wedding.

Halbert Pavilion is an open-plan room surrounded by beautiful gardens. The surf club at the eastern end of Shark Beach delivers sweeping panoramic harbour views of Bradleys Head and Middle Head. There’s something to suit every need here at Nielsen Park – and all within the southern precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park.



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  1. I love Nielsen Park! If you were that far out, you should have kept going and come to say Hi at the Watsons Bay Library…!

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