14 Pascoe Street
Chill @ the bay is tucked away off the main street of Apollo Bay, but is signposted from there. When we arrived on the Friday evening of a long weekend, there were plenty of other diners already there, both inside and outside. Initially we were told it was full, although we'd spotted some tables outside, slightly taken aback we left, only to be called back by the waitress who'd realised her mistake. To be fair it looked like the table may have been recently vacated and as seems often to be the case in seaside towns in the holidays the staff seem to be slightly overwhelmed. The set up outside was fairly standard and basic, inside behind the darkened windows it was nightclub like with low couches, high tables and stool as well as a bar.
The menu featured tapas dishes, some traditional Spanish style ones and others such as spring rolls, slightly larger "raciones" and sharing dishes including paella.
We selected some of our favourite dishes as well as some new ones. The first tapas to arrive being the patatas bravas these were fine, resembling mini roast potatoes rather than usual fried and came with an average tomato sauce.
The Garden salad was fresh and made a good healthy accompaniment to go with the more intense flavours.
The hake croquets were crunchy on outside and soft and tasty inside.
The salt and pepper calamari were a bit on the orange side and lacked some flavour.
The mushrooms were nicely cooked but didn't have much to lift them above the ordinary...
After the initial confusion, the service was friendly and the dishes arrived at a good pace as we grazed. Overall the meal wasn't as good as the one we'd had at El Burro a few weeks before, which was really good. The bill was around $60 with a couple of drinks.
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