Nutritionist & Life Coach
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Published August 26th 2012
More than just a middle ranked monopoly card
Slightly removed from the "golden mile" of Nelson Pde restaurants on Williamstown's rich and historic tourist area resides The Strand restaurant. It is slightly removed both geographically and demographically. Many of the restaurants along Nelson Pde are competing against each other to trap the visitors in the $15 - $20 a meal market. The Strand meanwhile is aimed at a slightly higher income bracket, and given the real estate values in Williamstown these days it's not a bad target to aim for. do
The Strand offers contemporary cuisine with a focus on seafood. Its full moniker is actually 'The Strand Seafood Restaurant' however this isn't the only thing on offer. You can still get a quality cut of steak or tuck into a tasty bird should you so desire.
My last meal there was on a sunny public holiday morning where we generously accepted the offer of dining outside (but still undercover). This allowed us full access to the wonderful view of the bay and the city skyline that is one of the restaurants real assets. I can tell you that the view from the function room upstairs in the evening is even better! As an aside, a crowd of 55-65 is comfortably seated in this area and you could probably double that for a cocktail function.
We were offered some home-made bread while we awaited our order and on sampling the fare I would have been happy to eat that all day. Still warm from the oven the crusty, brown loaf was sumptuous, particularly when dipped in the fruity olive oil and dukkah provided.
With a great selection on the menu my wife and I decided after much deliberation to share a bowl of paella at $76 between us. We weren't disappointed. A wonderful balance of flavours with a generous smattering of shell fish was pretty close to flawless once embellished with some juice from the fresh lemon wedges. The helping size was also very generous; it probably could have served more than two and the quality of the dish assuaged any regret we had about not having room for dessert.
On a public holiday morning they only had two waiting staff on including the Maitre'D but this did not cause any undue delays in service and I've never had any problems with the staff at The Strand.
You're looking at around $35 - $50 per main and like many of the higher end restaurants you'll often need to order a side to go along with your main. You do see where your money goes though, I have attended The Strand several times (including my wedding reception) and it's never let me down once. A very good restaurant if you're looking to score points with a significant other or to impress a new flame!