The Beachhouse, Barwon Heads

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No doubt, Barwon Heads is a great place for a summer break. Only about 1 hour from Melbourne, the beaches, shops, restaurants and general feel of the place is relaxing and low key.

One of the retaurant in the main street in town is Beachhouse. With an open deck at the front and high ceiling inside, the feeling is open, airy and summery. On the Friday night we were there the deck was in high gear, packed with holiday makers enjoying the sun and the cold beers. With big windows that fully open to the street the restaurant had a good busy feeling.

The restaurant menu started with a list of tapas, including prosciutto wrapped prawns, house made dim sims, thai curry spring rolls and oysters just name a few. The dim sims were great however the spring rolls filling was a little too runny to allow tapas style eating [with the fingers] The banana mayonaisse they were accompanied by was good by itself however added little to the spring rolls. If anything the mayo detracted from the experience.

For main course the menu offered dishes like paella, duck, fresh seafood along with a selection from the grill. The rib eye looked appealling, served with gratin potato and green beans. On arrival the steak was served medium, however I had ordered it rare. The waitress quickly offered to have it replaced, and in about 20 minutes my steak arrived perfectly cooked. The wine list included many local wines from the Bellarine Peninsula, and the cocktail list offered some very tantalising summery options.

Overall the restaurant delivered everything it promised, and even with a poorly cooked steak the first time, the service in dealing with this was without fault.

Rating 12/20


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