I'm a copywriter and freelance writer living in Melbourne.
My novel, Another New York Murder, is available online.
Published August 20th 2013
For a perfect benedict on the beach
We all know that Australia is a land of beautiful beaches. Ask anyone overseas about us and the image they no doubt have in their head is of silken sands and azure water full of waves. From Broome to Bondi, The Gold Coast to the Surf Coast we love our beaches. Melbourne always gets a bad warp regarding beaches – mainly from Sydneysiders – but one of Melbourne's best kept secrets is the silken stretch of beach running from Mordialloc to Chelsea. Crystal clear water laps at the pristine sand watched over by the lucky patrons of the Sea Breeze Cafe.
The Sea Breeze cafe sits on this beach and provides a perfect place for Breakfast, brunch or lunch. The pub style menu is hardly fine dining but the Eggs Benedict is as good as anywhere and they have a good selection of cakes and pastries baked daily. Nothing beats the taste of a warm scone on a cool day as you look over the withered skin of an old man braver than I emerging from the icy surf.
The Fisherman's basket and the Chicken Caesar salad are other Sea Breeze staples as are their wide range of focaccias. But whatever you order and however cold the weather, the food and atmosphere will be warmed by the smiles of the friendly staff.
The sea breeze is dog friendly, some may feel a little to dog friendly, but they do at least keep the seagulls at bay and the kids amused.
But the real reason you come here is to sit and watch the sea. There are few other places like the Sea Breeze Cafe, where you can watch boats and jet skis bounce, you can watch the waves lap at the silken sand, you can watch the pelicans dive bomb for food and hit the water like debris, once or twice I've also spotted dolphins coming in for a look.
The Sea Breeze Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch every day in summer and most days in winter at the discretion of management (depending on the weather) so come in now as the weather gets better but before the summer masses make it harder to get a seat than a master chef's vanity restaurant. Come and have a latte as the surf breaks in front of you and thank your maker we live in such a beautiful place.
We have patronised Sea Breeze for years and love the 'daginess' of it. A real local. Unfortunately the last time I was there was a big disappointment (& my expectations are low as it is a little, unfussy place). There was ONE lonely girl doing everything! No other staff. The cafe was close to full and she was struggling. Plus the prices have uncreased substantially. Yes, great viewpoint but I wonder if it is getting too big for its humble boots.