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Published January 9th 2021
Sun, sea, sand, fab food with fab friends at iconic pavilion
For all the beach coasts that Melbourne have, there are very few beachfront or waterfront venues, but when I found this iconic and original restaurant, it was a real delight. I have been here many times and dragged friends and family there regularly, but I have converted them to be regulars as well! So you may want to book.
It is an indoor and outdoor venue, so you can choose between the sea breezes of the outdoor deck, which are the warm sun-filled alfresco dining areas. They also have lovely rooms for parties of any kind and there is nothing like going for a walk on the stunning soft beach after a meal. Great for your mental health and digestion.
Beach volleyball is sometimes on and outdoor-style dining on the sand. It really is the best of all worlds. It would be wonderful for an outdoor wedding in the summer on the sand.
This time I met a friend for a much-deserved girls' lunch after the year we have had. If was so nice to be out, catch up, chat about renovations and feel a part of society. And I love exploring new places, new venues, new parks, and new beaches. But this is an old favourite I was looking forward to getting back to.
The menu is quite extensive but unfortunately, breakfast stops at 12pm - which I do not understand as the chef is there, the food is there, why can't breakfast go all day? So I opted for a far heavier meal than normal for lunch but it was prepared to perfection. My friend is from England and complained she has not been able to find decent fish and chips locally where she lives. She was very pleased with her meal. Staff were wonderful to bring me a takeaway container so I could take half my huge serve home for my lovely dog.
Service is a wee bit different and confusing in this new world. Table service is no longer available. You have to order pay, pick up drinks, pick up food, etc, but then other people were getting drinks delivered. And then they asked if I wanted another drink and brought it to me. I believe once they get the new systems bedded down it will be brilliant once again. Hopefully, when we are through this pandemic, their old full service will be back.
When you pick up your food, you get to meet one of the chefs
I felt the service was excellent. They honoured my senior's card and gave my friend some chocolate instead when she forgot to present her card - old fashion values still exist. It was a delight to experience.
I just love the history of the place with all the old original features of the time. It really is a time capsule of St Kilda of the old days of bathing at Melbourne beaches. According to the owners "West Beach Bathers Pavilion has been refreshing beachgoers since 1928. Built in the 20s as a hub for Melbourne's colourful and burgeoning bathing population, by the turn of the century the building had slipped into disrepair. Jump forward to today and after seven years of careful restoration, a bathing beauty has been lovingly restored."
Dogs are allowed which is lovely. But be careful with the ticket parking. I must have pushed a button wrong and instead of paying for two hours, I paid for a full day of parking - so read carefully.
But I have always been able to find parking. If you go across to the other side of the road, it is free but you have to risk the traffic on the very busy road. However, you do not notice it once you are seated.