The name Public Dining Room is inspired by the local history of the site and the public swimming baths located directly in front of the Restaurant. The open sea baths at Balmoral opened to the public in 1898, the building which houses the Restaurant was the original turnstile to access the baths at a cost of 1 penny. By the early 1900’s public bathing was rife with much controversy.
”Ladies and Gents mixed bathing prohibited before 12 O’clock was the order of the day”
The glamorous 1920’s saw a strong beach culture develop. The Balmoral Baths building later operated as a public refreshment room, today it operates as a casual fine dining restaurant and of course is well known to the locals of Mosman as Public Dining Room.
The restaurant name is also very reflective of the space we have created, a place in which is open and engaging, nostalgic, relaxed and inviting, a place for the community to enjoy any time of the day.
Designed by one of Australia’s most renowned designers Hecker Guthrie have created a modern, stylish yet relaxed space featuring raw and natural materials. Essentially a Scandinavian inspired look the finishes include American oak timber, Elba marble, blackened steel, leather, Belgian linen, Italian lighting, Charles Eames chairs.
Includes three defined areas. The main a la carte dining room and bar, the private dining room opening onto the beach deck and the outdoor terrace. All areas take on their own personality and separate uses when required yet at the same time harmoniously interconnect together as one complete space. The Restaurant is available for exclusive use of the entire venue or for smaller parties in one section of the Restaurant.
Casual fine dining in a relaxed luxury space, featuring fresh local ingredients while incorporating global culinary influences. The menu reflects the changing seasons sourcing selected boutique produce from small producers throughout Australia. Exceptional ingredients prepared simply combined with technique and clean flavours.