They are fresh and fabulous, they are the summer menus of the delicious dining establishments of Geelong and The Bellarine. Perfectly utilising beautiful Bellarine produce, wineries, restaurants and cafes of our region have adapted their menu to suit these warmer months. With a plethora of places adopting summer eating stylings, we thought we would give you an appetising sampling of five local standouts. Bon appetite!
On Leura Park’s sun-drenched alfresco area, enjoy a vino and a veritable feast. Pick up a paddle of local meats, dips, cajun wings, arancini, prawn parcels and so much more and take it outdoors to devour along with a glass of award-winning wine; sparkling pinot chardonnay, sauvignon blanc or pinot gris. Also offering up a grazing menu (minimum of 4 people) and substantial lunch menu, summer food, wine and vibes is a sure thing at Leura Park.
With a second story view over the Geelong Waterfront, Sailors’ Rest is the perfect place to rest (and eat) on a hot summer’s day. Delivering a huge range of tasty treats, Sailors’ Rest have you covered for many a summer situation. Enjoying a Sunday session? Dine from their ‘Beer Garden Brunch’ menu. Sitting down to soak up the setting sun? Feast from their extensive ‘Dinner’ menu. Lounging out of the heat? Opt for something off their ‘Lounge Food’ menu... and it doesn’t end there... refresh yourself summer-style with a Sailors’ Rest cocktail; Gin Basil Smash, Sailors Spritz, Frisco Sour and so many more.
Multi-award winning hotel, brewery and distillery, the Queenscliff Brewhouse, deliver the ultimate in taste sensations with their new, specially-designed Summer Menu. Encapsulating the region in their offerings, there are starters, something substantial and share platters waiting for you to scoff. There are also new and limited summer drink releases, along with their already incredibly extensive (and refreshing) drinks menu of local and in-house beers, ciders and 420 different types of whisky, gins, vodkas and rum! Settle into your summer seat at the Queenscliff Brewhouse because there is so much summer goodness for you to sample.
It’s a delicacy to be enjoyed all year through… the mighty mussel! And these guys certainly know how serve them up fresh. With a sample menu changing daily, there is always something new to try; mussel tasting plate, mussel chowder, mussel arancini balls. Recognising that not all people are mussel fans, the Little Mussel Café also serve up a delicious range of menu items that do not feature these tasty morsels. The café’s new location also means summer viewing is a certainty with insurmountable view of the Portarlington seascape.
The recently designed divine summer menu of the Q Train has hit the carriages. Curated by Head Chef, the delectable degustation menu celebrates and showcases the best in the region. Featuring such greats as Lonsdale Farm tomatoes, Lard Ass Butter and Lomas Orchard, this seasonal menu is vibrant, indulgent and so very satisfying. With an option to pair your degustation menu with impeccably matched local beverages or choose your own, the Q Train deliver the summer taste sensations of the bountiful Bellarine.