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Published March 25th 2018
Tastes of The Fleurieu
Thunderbird is a new restaurant and bar located on The Strand at Port Elliot. Managed by motivated Foodie, Campbell Haig (Cafe 58), Thunderbird offers something different for lunch, dinner or drinks after the beach.

Thunderbird on The Strand at Port Elliot
Thunderbird on The Strand at Port Elliot


A large patio area adjacent to the street allows outdoor dining and people watching. Inside is a comfy lounge area for drinks and chatting as well as chairs and tables for dining.

Polished cement floor and local art
Polished cement floor and local art


The polished cement floor and huge windows present a chic ambience, which is enhanced by walls of artwork from talented locals, including Sally Deans and Tom O'Callaghan.

Tom O'Callaghan
Tom O'Callaghan


If you enjoy art, and there's lots of it to enjoy on The Fleurieu Peninsula. The Strand Gallery is right next door to Thunderbird providing a perfect browsing opportunity before or after lunch.

Thunderbird lounge
Thunderbird lounge


Thunderbird's menu focusses on seasonal, regional food and, as a consequence, changes regularly. 'Bar Food' is designed to be shared and the menu may include delightful locally grown olives, roasted almonds from Willunga or, if you are a summer visitor, baked figs with local goats cheese.

The main meal menu is succinct which is always a blessing to those who suffer indecision (I'm guilty). There may be only three dishes to choose from but daily specials are also available so there's always enough to tempt.

Further temptation comes in the form of locally made cakes and desserts as well as a selection of cheeses from Alexandrina and Adelaide Hills.

Wines from Mt Jagged, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek are listed along with a few imported varieties from France and Italy. A generous selection of craft beer varieties also feature on the drinks list.

Eat outside or inside
Eat outside or inside


My recent visit to Thunderbird provided the opportunity for me to try a 'Cypriot Salad'. This was a new dish to my repertoire and certainly a most welcome one.

Cypriot Salad
Cypriot Salad


Crunchy toasted almonds, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds, mixed with fresh green herbs and leaves, sweet muscatels and salty capers were topped with a yoghurt and honey dressing and colourful pomegranate seeds. It was delicious and surprisingly filling. A glass of chilled Pinot Grigio from the Adelaide Hills seemed a perfect accompaniment, so much so that I ordered a second glass.

toasted nuts, grains and muscatels
toasted nuts, grains and muscatels


Thunderbird features local seafood on the menu which will entice me back there soon. It's a gem of a restaurant. Bookings are essential at busy times.
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Why? Have drinks after the beach and maybe stay for dinner
When: Daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Phone: 0885542491
Where: 41 The Strand. Port Elliot.
Cost: Bar food from $7. Mains around $28.
Your Comment
Looks lovely.
by May Cross (score: 3|3290) 235 days ago
Love your lunch choice, sounds like something I would enjoy too.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4055) 230 days ago
The flying bird painting is really stunning.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4055) 230 days ago
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