Monday, November 14, 2011

The Beach

97 Beaconsfield Parade,
Albert Park,
VIC, 3206

The Beach sells itself as "...the ultimate place to socialise, entertain or celebrate with your friends." The location on Beaconsfield Parade with views across the road to the bay is enviable, especially on a sunny day.

We were originally booked in the courtyard and had been told we'd need to be out by 3pm, which was fine as we had a 1pm booking. On arrival we were informed that we'd have to be out of the courtyard by 2:30, and seeing as the view was far better from the dining room we got a bay-view window table inside. The fit out inside was modern and stylish and was fairly well separated from the sports bar/TAB area.

Apparently the new Executive Chef "...has created a menu using fresh local ingredients that he combines to create dishes that will tantalise your taste buds." There were daily specials along with pizza's pub classics and some seafood options.

My choice of fish and chips ($22) was advertised as having a light tempura batter. The plate arrived and I was surprised at the three small pieces of fish in a brown rather than golden coating and smattering of chips. Whilst the covering was crunchy the lack of a decent chunk of fish inside was disappointing. The salad was small but fresh.

The seafood linguine came with mussels, prawns and fish but didn't live up to it's looks.

I also tried the salt and pepper calamari which was very tender although the coating was quite bland.

Our meals took a fair while to arrive given an almost empty restaurant when we arrived and after finishing our plates weren't cleared whilst we finished our drinks. Despite the wonderful view I wouldn't be rushing back to the Beach.

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