Lake Macquarie Restaurant Review: Brown Sugar

Lake Macquarie Restaurant: Brown Sugar at BayViews

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Having spent 22 years of my 23-year-old life living in Lake Macquarie, BayViews restaurant has been one of those favourites on my personal restaurant highlight reel. Since toddler-hood I have been taken to this restaurant and it has always been a favourite for my family. After a great number of management changeovers and new décor, the BayViews restaurant now boasts a fresh new image and a new name to go with it. Welcome to Brown Sugar at BayViews.

One of the most immediate appeals of this particular restaurant is its location, with elevated views of Lake Macquarie, along The Esplanade, Warners Bay. This is complemented by the spacious settings and warmly lit surroundings.

Almost immediately our drinks arrive, along with the predictable order of garlic and herb, and garlic and parmesan bread. Now I realise this doesn’t fit with my ‘try new things’ mantra, however sometimes it’s nice to stick with tradition!

After our bread we waited an hour and a half for our mains to finally arrive. While this was frustrating, when our meals finally decided to grace us with their presence, they were all received with praise. My main of New York cut beef tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto on truffled mash with merlot jus, was very nice, and despite being a classic meal, stood out from most.

With dessert I strayed from tradition with the white chocolate and vanilla Galliano crème brulee with vanilla bean ice cream. Yum! It’s nice to have crème brulee with a twist and this was a good one!

The good news is that the manager apologised for the delay of our mains and offered to pay for all our desserts! While we did spend a large majority of the time waiting for food, the way the issue was resolved was a nice change to the ‘shrug of the shoulders’ you often receive at other restaurants when things aren’t up to scratch.

Being a ‘regular’ to Brown Sugar I can safely say that this issue is uncharacteristic and therefore can recommend this restaurant to you all as a nice, casual experience in a beautiful, trendy location.

Natalie is a PhD student studying at the University of Newcastle. She is researching the influences that shape the creative content of advertisements. Natalie aspires to be part of a creative team at a successful advertising agency one day soon. She loves photography, fashion and taking her dogs swimming at the beach.

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Thanks for the review Natalie! Would have been lovely to see pics of the food in your review, too, and perhaps a link back to Eatability(I always love reading what others think of a restaurant before I try it!)


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