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Mothers' Day Lunch at 360Q

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Lunch with a view

If you are looking to do something a little different this Mother's Day for a family get-together then a trip to 360Q at Queensscliff might be the answer you're looking for.

The exciting restaurant complex with its harmonious views over the bay has been open for a while now, but remains a bit of a secret especially for Melbourne folks.

The inspiration for the project came from celebrity chef Barry Iddles who spotted the Q360 tower at Queenscliff Harbour. "It had everything," he says. "Here was the perfect restaurant venue with relaxed seating alongside the harbour, but also this incredible 40 metre tower offering 360 degree panoramic views over the surrounding area."

While the restaurant had lain dormant for years, Iddles coaxed the sleeping giant back to life.

The inside décor is as fresh and invigorating as stepping into the ocean breezes. There are the relaxing views of yachts bobbing on blue water from either the outside decking or from behind the wall to ceiling windows. The walls are white and the clean lines are complemented by the sleek Scandinavian furniture.

Queenscliff is on the coastal rim of the Bellarine food bowl. This ensures head chef, Mathew Hallam, has the best ingredients to work with including Lonsdale's succulent vine ripened tomatoes, locally caught fish from Port Phillip Bay and world famous blue mussels fresh off the boats from nearby Portarlington.

Ingredients may be local but the menu is a passport to the world's cuisines and complemented by an impressive wine list drawn up by co-owner Doug Rathbone, who runs the Rathbone Wine Group (Mount Langi Ghiran, Xanadu and Yering Station). Local drops on offer include Baie Wines, Scotchmans Hill, Jack Rabbit, and Nine Yards and Counting wines from Leura Park Estate. There's a whole wall of wines to choose from that also creates a novel feature wall in the middle of the room.

What I love about this venue is that you can make a full day's family outing out of your visit. You can drive from Melbourne or nearby Geelong or come in on the Queenscliff ferry.

Visitors usually climb the tower (there is also a lift) for the amazing views, but other options include eco boat trips to birdwatch or swim with the dolphins, or a wander along the $38 million marina with its boutique shops.

A short walk away is the Queenscliff township with its Victorian era buildings, brooding old mansions and excellent foraging in the antique and bookshops. Take in a game of golf at the Queenscliff Golf Club or ride the famous tourist train.

Families can stay at Clydesville , a stunning old doctor's residence on the Queenscliff seashore with high ceilings, and endless rooms including a regal dining room (shown below). The house sleeps 10.

There will be a special three-course menu for Mother's Day guests with a family-friendly line-up of courses, plus a complimentary glass of bubbles for mum. The menu includes:


Duck fritters w blackberry chutney (gf)
Thai spiced cauliflower & coconut soup
Salt & pepper calamari w homemade mayonnaise (gf)

Main course

Grilled barramundi w shallot & lemongrass dressing, lime rice & chopped snake beans (gf)
Sticky red braised pork belly w nasi goreng & sour chilli salad (gf)
Chicken breast w chimi churri & corn puree garnished w fire roasted capsicum (gf)

Persian spiced creme brulee w orange & pistachio bark (gf)
A moussey chocolate parfait w honeycomb soil & preserved raspberries (gf)
Apple gf oatmeal & pecan cinnamon crumble w vanilla bean ice cream (gf)
Cost $55 ( children half price)

Bookings can be made by contacting 360Q 03 5257 4200
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Why? Something a little bit different to celebrate Mum
When: May 14 Mother's Day
Phone: Bookings can be made by contacting 360Q 03 5257 4200 e-mail
Where: 360Q
Cost: Cost $55 ( children half price)
Your Comment
We haven't been to Queenscliff for years but this looks like a really good reason to return.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7763) 998 days ago
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