Visiting the beautiful Manyung Art Gallery at Mt Eliza, I stopped in for a look around in Licciardo's ~ The Gallery Bar and Grill. Owner and Head Chef, Rob Licciardo, was on hand to have a bit of a chat with and to go over his wall full of photographs and clippings that hold a lot of memories for him.
I was certainly surprised to see a picture of the actor Martin Clunes from the popular TV series Doc Martin chatting to Rob up on the wall. Turns out after 22 years as restaurant Chef at Mt Eliza he went to Britain for a couple of years working at London restaurants Pied a Terre and L'Autre Pied. He also spent some time working at Raymond Blanc's Yorkshire restaurant Le Manior aux Quat'Saisons.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. Lunch from 12 noon to 10pm and Breakfast 8am to 11.30am
He met actor Martin Clunes when during his travels he worked as head chef at a restaurant in Cornwall where the TV show was being filmed. He met the cast and crew who were staying locally while filming and even managed to get a part as an extra in the series. When he returned to Australia a couple of years ago, he opened The Gallery Bar and Grill. He loves to surf and tells me he is a creative person. I guess one has to be if one wants to have flair in the way one delivers a service.
A wall full of memories ~ a meeting with UK TV's Doc Martin in 2011, a comment from journalist Keith Dunstan, newspaper write-ups, Chef at the London Cocktail Club 2010 and a few others
The premises used to be a cafe before it became the brasserie, restaurant and tapas bar it is today, holding events like 'sing for your supper' on Sunday nights. These events, consist of around 5 acts i.e. musicians, comedians, flame throwers, jugglers, and yes, even pole dancers who will entertain you and then pass the hat around ~ hence 'sing for your supper'. There is 'live' music in the summer and in his own words, lots of people with energy. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep up to speed with whats happening at the restaurant i.e. Sing for your Supper nights where you might need to book ahead. According to their FB page, the next one is on the 20th of July.
Sunday night 'Sing for your Supper' performer and muso, Scott.
They have an extensive drinks menu with a good range of champagnes, wines, beers and spirits, a good accompaniment to the delicious freshly prepared tapas wouldn't you say?. They're open from Wednesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, the website has not been updated to include the fact that they now serve breakfast every day that they're open.They're available for private events on Monday and Tuesday, and have 'happy hour' on Thursday and Friday from 6 to 7pm with half price drinks and free tapas on offer. Their menu and prices are listed on their website.
They are capable of catering for functions ranging from corporate to weddings or special events and have a range of packages they have put together for you on their website. You can also call them on (03) 9787 2001 or email them at:- email@example.com
One verandah overlooks the Manyung Art Gallery and the other the Carpark