We had lunch at Cerberus Beach House yesterday. It is in a wonderful location, upstairs in a bright, sunny room, with views over Port Phillip Bay taking in HMAS Cerberus and distant suburbs. Being a warmish sunny, windless day added to the ambience. The service was attentive and we didn't feel hurried, the waitress happy to answer our questions and explain a few things on the menu. On the menu there were "small plates" options and "large plates" options. We wanted the fish and chips in the small plate option, but were told there were absolutely no variations on any meals.
In this day and age I found this surprising as the other meals could easily be served in smaller sizes. Diners sometimes have dietary requirements e.g. they could have at least one vegan option. The fish and chips were $28 which was a little expensive for just one fillet (although I'm no expert on prices, maybe this is normal). The rockling fish was tasty and came with nice chips and "mushy peas" which seemed an unusual accompaniment. Also a serve of coleslaw and some tartare sauce and lemon slice. We were absolutely full at the end and unfortunately couldn't fit in any of the nice sounding desserts.
Very hesitant to review this publicly in case it becomes too popular. However, the proprietors deserve all the good comments that this restaurant deserves.
The view is the first Wow factor. No matter where your table is located, you will have a view of the ever changing vista. Dining during lunch hour on a cold wintery day saw the rain blow from one side of the bay to the other, providing an ever changing canvas. I can't wait to return in summer when the air is flowing thru the open windows and sun glinting on the sea.
Next, the charming staff provided expert attention, satisfying the fussiest of diners most tactfully. While we were fortunate to be dining on a quiet day, I'm sure that the service standard we received would be replicated during the busiest of times.
The menu choice was not huge, and that meant that what was on offer was able to be selected from small serves and "bigger "plates. I often find that the larger the menu the less the quality.
We will definitely return, may not even wait until the warmer months, other dishes whetted my appetite and I look forward to sampling more of the creative choices.
This is surely one of Melbourne's best kept secrets!. A Donovan's view without the Donovan's price! In addition to the unadulterated views of Port Phillip Bay and Half Moon Bay Beach the food is honest and tasty. The menu is unpretentious but still sophisticated. Take all your friends here because the place is just brilliant. A real taste of Melbourne at its best.
You can't beat this place for location, sitting high up over Half Moon Bay with a view out over the wreck of the Cerberus and Red Bluff cliffs. The room is light and airy and maximises the view, it is a very comfortable place to be and the floor to ceiling front windows open up in good weather.
Service is very friendly and quite prompt, it goes with the relaxed, beachy feel of the place. Drinks are all pretty well priced and you can BYO with $8 corkage per bottle. Meal prices are a bit on the high side given the quality of the food (mains $24 - $30).
And the let down here is the food. It's not that it is bad, just inconsistent and a few dishes they just get completely wrong. I had the Calamari entree and the Seafood Linguini main. Both were pretty good, especially the Linguini. My wife had the Prawn Cocktail and the Tempura Flathead Roulade both were very ordinary. The Prawn Cocktail was way too sweet (the taste was reminiscent of a banana paddlepop) and the Tempura Flathead had a strong "fishy" taste that was either stale oil or not very fresh fish, certainly not the taste of beautiful flathead flesh.
It's a shame because this place could be so right. I will go back because the atmosphere and venue did make up somewhat for the dishes that were not so good. And my tip to anyone going here would be stick to the simple dishes, pastas, fish and chips, steak and give dishes that sound a bit more complex a miss.