A Tribute to Sans Souci: A Stunning Waterfront Restaurant in Sydney

Sans Souci Restaurant in Sans Souci, Sydney

Sans Souci is a southern Sydney suburb 17 kilometres south of the city centre. It is bounded by water on three sides: Lady Robinsons Beach, Cook Park and Kogarah Bay.

The building forms of the new club – long, repetitive portal frames topped with gables – reference and pay tribute to the simple structures of old boatsheds and wharves. They are a proven type that is cost efficient and taps into social memory.

Spectacular Waterfront Views

Sans Souci means “without a care,” and a new waterfront restaurant at the local sailing club reflects this state of mind. A $15 million rebuild has gifted Sydney’s south with a 300-seat bistro, main bar and sports bar, complemented by outdoor dining and function spaces.

Designed by Jon Jacka Architects, the new buildings’ forms deliberately reference and pay tribute to traditional boatsheds and wharves – familiar, uncomplicated, welcoming and engendering inclusivity for a diverse community. Whether approaching from the street and car park or through the entry, visitors are drawn through a series of gabled extrusions, which act as screens and gateways between the carpark and clubhouse.

The building’s envelope breathes with a slender, open-batten facade made from turpentine timber salvaged from the original structure. Guests can enjoy the sweeping water views and sun-soaked beach vistas from the deck, or relax inside with a glass of wine in a light-filled space. Alternatively, diners can head to the bistro and sink their teeth into a luxe seafood platter.

Ample Function Spaces

The forms of the new clubhouse – a series of long, repetitive, gabled extrusions extending perpendicular to the waterline – are deliberately derived from traditional boatshed and wharf buildings. These proven, open-framed structures are simple, cost efficient and familiar. Their adoption in the new clubhouse taps social memory and engenders inclusiveness for the diverse community it hosts.

Designed as a ‘quiet framework’, the building operates as a place of calmness – a space to take time out from busy city life. It is a place to be, not look at, and to linger over the water’s edge.

Stunningly located overwater, the venue offers direct bar access and an extensive terrace which may be opened to the water. It can accommodate seated wedding celebrations for up to 150 and cocktail-style events for up to 250 guests. The club also features two private function rooms with a combined seated capacity of 300 and TAB and Keno facilities.

A Great Place to Eat

Designed by Jon Jacka Architects, the building extends out over the water and gives the sense of floating. Spread over 1,600m, it has a 300-seat bistro and functions space, sports bar, main bar and a wraparound terrace.

The dining room serves club classics like fish and chips, burgers, pizza and salads alongside sophisticated dishes such as barramundi with celeriac puree and grilled baby octopus. The wine list is well-considered and reasonably priced.

The hotel’s four pools range from a small, crowded main pool to the cliff-top mineral grotto and the small Balloon Bar (named after a famous island painting of a hot air balloon). The resort is surrounded by lush gardens. Rooms are soothing with tile floors, pastel-coloured furnishings and large balconies. They come with king-sized beds, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Some suites have ocean views. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

A Local Secret

Despite the flower-filled vases and soaring raked ceilings, this is not just any waterfront restaurant. When applause breaks out at this eatery, it’s not just because of a delectable seafood platter. It could be that a diner’s partner just pulled off a well-executed marriage proposal, or it could be because of some other unexpected reason – like the launch of a new boat.

Designed by Jon Jacka Architects, the new facility – French for “without care” or “without worries” – embraces community spirit. The reference to traditional building types taps our social memory and engenders inclusivity for the diverse South Sydney community it serves.

Couples San Souci is an all inclusive resort that offers guests the best in Caribbean hospitality and entertainment. Nightly live music from a resident band, strolling musicians and a piano lounge set a lively Caribbean mood. Six bars pouring unlimited drinks create a jovial atmosphere. After a night of fun, guests enjoy luxurious suites with large balconies and Mediterranean decor.

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