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Published March 4th 2013
Mythical gatekeeper provides a really good feed
Half Moon Bay is an idyllic beach nestled at the bottom of red cliffs and native bush in the bayside suburb of Black Rock. The Cerberus Beach House restaurant and kiosk is between the life saving club and the yacht club at the bottom of the cliff. While I've previously had fish and chips from the kiosk downstairs (good!) I recently tried the restaurant upstairs and found it to be, well, excellent.
The restaurant is upstairs and the kiosk downstairs
For a start there is the view. It ranges from the pier and the hulk of the Cerberus (after which the Beach House is named) to a distant view of the city. The beach is on the right hand side. I noticed that I wasn't the only one there taking lots of pictures of the view. Then there's the beachy, outdoorsy feeling of the decor and the fact that virtually the whole front of the restaurant is open to the fresh sea breezes (at least on warm days and nights).
The usual reason for going to a restaurant though is to eat someone else's (hopefully delectable) cooking. The food was spectacular. There were eight of us and between us we had prawns, calamari, fish cakes, steak and several kinds of fish. One thing I really noticed was the aroma. When the food arrived it not only looked great, you could practically taste its deliciousness before it arrived just from the yummy scents.
The service was fantastic. We were really well looked after with lots of smiles and good humour. Pretty impressive considering the kitchen is downstairs so the staff need to be awfully nimble dancing up and down the stairs with the food. They really knew their stuff too, apparently because they have staff tasting nights and can tell you what the dishes are like from personal experience.
We had birthday cake so I can't tell you what the desserts are like, however I can recommend the Affogato. Italian for "drowned" this is coffee, ice cream and a liqueur of your choice, served individually and then you combine it. Below is the combined version.
The only thing that wasn't perfect was the parking. Being a hot weekend night the car parks at the top and bottom of the hill (ticket parking) were full. We parked on Beach Road which you can do - just be aware of the clearway times. The downside of that is you need to walk back up the hill to your car. From our point of view it was a small price to pay for a great evening and the exercise was probably a good idea anyway.
Monday - Closed
Tue - Fri 10.30am - Sunset
Sat - Sun 9.00am - Sunset
By car - Half Moon Bay is off Beach Road in Black Rock, the entrance is on the beach side of Beach Road and it is well signed. The closest railway station is Sandringham and from there you can catch a 600 or 923 bus towards Southland Shopping Centre, get off at Arkaringa Crescent, Black Rock and walk the couple of blocks to Half Moon Bay.