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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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Published June 7th 2018
Fresh local baby calamari - the best in area - photo Joe Hillebrand all other photography by Tricia Ziemer
Fresh local baby calamari - the best in area - photo Joe Hillebrand all other photography by Tricia Ziemer


Finding delicious, fresh calamari at a reasonable price is not as easy as you would think in Melbourne. Sometimes I order calamari and it seems like compressed seafood and not true calamari. Has anyone else experienced this?

Renovated Half Moon Pub with restaurant and dog friendly beer garden
Renovated Half Moon Pub with restaurant and dog friendly beer garden


But I just happened to be down at Brighton Beach, catching up with a friend and we popped into the Half Moon Pub. I placed my order of calamari with trepidation but I was in for a treat and a half. I boldly ordered local baby calamari with rocket and aioli. It was cooked perfectly, seasoned to perfection and so moreish. It brought all the true flavours of the sea to my senses with each morsel.

Fresh new Beer Garden that is dog friendly
Fresh new Beer Garden that is dog friendly


Half Moon Pub was renovated in 2010 and it is a step above your average pub, with a menu that caters to both casual and restaurant dining. You can also order Italian style pizza at the bar to share with mates.

Pizza and a Pint to share with mates
Pizza and a Pint to share with mates


Cosy Beer Garden brings modern to old world charm
Cosy Beer Garden brings modern to olde world charm


The pub garden brings together the modern with the historical style. It is cosy and both dog-friendly and smoke-friendly after 10 pm at night.

Lovely historical restaurant modernised
Lovely historical restaurant modernised


The fine dining area of the pub, exposing the stunning original brickwork, has an extensive range of wines for every palate to complement the diverse menu featuring seafood risotto, burgers, pizza and delectable steak.

Lovely wine selection
Lovely wine selection


This was such a nice discovery. Try the seafood linguine which is a seafood feast of white fish, prawns, local baby mussels, clams, calamari, chilli, lemon & garlic oil. See their full menu at
www.halfmoon.com.au/menu

Don't miss the special's night for a treat at mates rates
Don't miss the special's night for a treat at mate's rates


When I complimented the chef via the manager on the day, Joe Hillebrand, he said pleased, "This is common compliment we receive and people come back regularly just for our calamari." His service was seamless and as I watched, it seemed to me he managed the pub to perfection.

I can highly recommend this the perfect pub for a family dinner, or as a stop on the way to the beach or back, or a late night stop and feast.

Brighton Beach Boxes - Melbourne Icon
Brighton Beach Boxes - Melbourne Icon


I headed for a walk along Brighton beach afterwards and it was the perfect end to a perfect meal. It is lovely to visit the famous Brighton Beach boxes as a second treat.

You will find me there again.
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Why? Because the tastiest baby calamari and a walk at the Brighton Beach are a match made in heaven
When: Monday Saturday: 12pm 1am Sunday: 12pm 11pm
Phone: 03 9591 0611
Where: 120 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186
Cost: Not too pricey
Your Comment
Why call it BABY Calamari?
It sounds horrible - like earring Babies!
It is very difficult to find good pan fried or deep fried Calamari anywhere recently. Plenty of awful stuff out there being sold that should not be allowed on a plate let alone served to paying customers.
Looking forward to trying this dish. Will ask for the calamari - without roadside weeds on the side. They are dry, unappetising, and unnecessary.
by fluffynut (score: 2|859) 127 days ago
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