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Published November 27th 2016
A new, exciting restaurant comes to Beaumaris
The traditional, relatively quiet, Bayside suburb of Beaumaris has a new restaurant and wine bar in the addition o fBeau Kitchen and Cellar. And beau it is! Fitting in with the more innovative food and wine scene common in suburbs such as Windsor and South Yarra on the south side of the river, Beau presents a great space, interesting small-vineyard wines, boutique beers and delicious food.
Beau Kitchen and Cellar located in the redeveloped Beaumaris Hotel
Located in the redeveloped old Beaumaris Hotel space which has been turned into apartments, Beau invites for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a drink of wine or beer. Beau is the restaurant and Rack and Ruin is the wine store next door - both owned by the same people and working hard to provide great food and unusual, not so common wines and beers.
Already very popular with locals, on a Friday evening the restaurant was very full and so we were seated at the back of the restaurant overlooking the kitchen. This was actually a great place to be as we could see many of the dishes being prepared and even struck up a conversation with the very friendly chefs from time to time. Many of the dishes were cooked in a wood fired oven called Bertha, apparently the only one of its kind in Australia. Here is the menu to check out!
The food was delicious. There are dishes to be shared such as snapper ceviche and hot smoked trout, substantial salads and main courses such as snapper with ricotta gnocchi (the gnocchi were the best I had ever tasted). There is a small dessert menu and the one dessert we tasted, chocolate mousse with raspberries and honeycomb, confirmed our overall impression that this restaurant serves seriously good food.
The wine which, of course, comes from the wine store next door, includes many Australian small- vineyard producers especially those who don't produce enough to be sold in the large wine stores. It also has interesting wines from Austria, Italy and France - wines that complement the Australian offerings and make the selection process interesting. The wine list at the restaurant has a selection of wines from the shop but there is a corkage of $14 if you choose a bottle from the shop which is not on the list.
The restaurant, being new, has a couple of teething issues to sort out but the owner who was present on the night, is very amiable to receiving feedback and acting on it to provide a good experience. It is certainly worth visiting this very welcome addition to the dining scene in Beaumaris and Bayside.
Beau - great space, delicious food, interesting wines and beer