Locally called Sandy, Sandringham
is a beachside suburb 16 kilometers south-east of Melbourne
. Known for its relaxed village atmosphere, Sandringham has a large offering of restaurants and cafes. Here’s where to find the best.
Harbour View Restaurant
Restaurant with Rooms, Asian, Australian, Fusion, $$$
Located within the Sandringham Yacht Club, Harbour View Restaurant
is the ideal place to enjoy a meal while overlooking Port Phillip Bay and the marina. Tuck into Executive Chef Kol Gemmell’s sophisticated Asian-fusion menu featuring tempura flathead with fresh prawns and shiitake mushrooms, paella with chorizo, chicken, calamari and muscles, and slow-cooked duck leg with Thai red curry sauce. For functions and parties, the Harbour View Restaurant can accommodate up to 20 guests in the dining room and up to 40 guests in the private dining Olympic Room.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
A stone’s throw from the water, Y14
is a modern Japanese restaurant that celebrates architecture and food. Timber-clad walls and terracotta details add vibrancy and warmth to the intimate space. Complementing the elegant craftsmanship, Chef Tatsuya Yamazaki’s Japanese menu prides itself on precision and freshness. Championing Australian seafood, the menu features Y14’s signature donburi ‘rice bowl dish’, grilled salmon miso and oven-baked Harvey Bay scallops. Take-away sushi is also available.
The Hobsons Stores
Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
Originally built in 1911, The Hobson Stores
has undergone many transformations over the last century, morphing from a soft goods store to a carpet retailer and a pizza restaurant. Today, the building is a cozy pub. The bistro serves traditional pub grub as well as pizza, posh food and an exotic range of curries. The Hobson Stores also has a bar and beer garden. You can even host your next function at The Upstairs Lounge, which caters to everything from formal dinners to cocktail parties and wedding banquets.
Courtesy The Hobson Stores
The Sandy Hotel
Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Australian, $$$
A favourite with locals, The Sandy Hotel Bistro
is a part of The Sandringham Hotel. Located across from the picturesque Sandringham Beach, The Sandy Hotel Bistro is a family-friendly place featuring a bar, TV screens, an indoor kids’ playground and a covered outdoor seating area with views of the beach. Open for lunch and dinner, the bistro offers a wide range of meals, from classics such as chicken parma and penne carbonara to a huge selection of steaks and seafood, as well as a kids’ menu. The bistro is also open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Cafe, Australian, $$$
Opened in 2001, Limoncello
is a family-owned business that serves Italian-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch meals alongside coffee supplied by Richmond roaster Gravity Espresso. A favourite with locals, the laid-back café features generously-portioned meals, including granola, pork slider with cabbage and apple slaw, and corn and polenta fritters with smashed avocado and crispy bacon. Limoncello can also host small functions, and they even cater to off-site parties.