Living in bayside in the eastern suburbs has its benefits. Nice clean beaches, plenty of green space, pretty parks and now we also have awesome food and drink to rival living in the inner city.
Suburbs such as Mordialloc, Aspendale, Edithvale and Carrum are all becoming great stops along coastal Melbourne.
Trading Plates decided to add together some little must try establishments we have recently visited.
To start with, we checked out Mordialloc:
Up the road from the Mordialloc beach and across from the exclusive Woodlands Golf Club is Hendriks Café. Comfortable and well lit, they serve up some tasty breakfast right up to 3pm along with great coffee.
Must try: Almond Milk and Chia Pudding. A modern vegan gluten free treat.
105/107 White St, Mordialloc. P:+61 3 9021 8980
Oscars Hangout: A little further away from the beach is a family friendly café that is also trés cool. Very comfortable and tucked away among residential houses (don’t blink or you will miss it!) Oscars is situated next to a park with some large shady trees for the kids to run riot. Great for a weekend breakfast, tasty lunch or just for somewhere a little less busy.
Must try: A simple BALT – straight up bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato with a side of chips.
Shop 2/11 Hall Mark Rd, Mordialloc. P:+61 3 9580 9941
Main Street: The original place to be seen in Mordialloc. Straight down from the train station with outside benches and tables, with a well sized indoor restaurant. Main Street is busy from breakfast right through to dinner and drinks.
Must try: Share a plate of lamb sliders – nine hour braised lamb shoulder with house-made rosemary aioli on brioche buns.
501-505 Main Street Mordialloc. P:+61 3 9580 8150
Side Street: Right next door to Main Street is Side Street. Side Street is much more about a drink and snack than a sit down meal like its big brother Main Street. It’s cosy in the winter with plenty of heat lamps and tasty cocktails to try and bright and airy in summer like you would expect from a seaside night spot.
Must try: A cocktail of course. Go for something fruity like their Forbidden Apple – vodka, apple liqueur, apples, pomegranates and lemon.
501 Main St, Mordialloc. P: +61 3 9580 8150
The Mordialloc Supper Club: On the main drag overlooking palm trees with a refreshing sea breeze, Supper Club has an inner city hipster vibe mixed with a bayside twist.
Must try: You can’t go past a Sunday night and their $5 pizza. Tasty filling and you can work it off on the karaoke machine after.
539 Main St, Mordialloc. P:+61 3 9580 7005
The Bay Hotel: Across the road from the beach lies The Bay Hotel. With a function room featuring sweeping bay views to the largest open air beer garden in Mordi, ‘The Bay’ has something for everyone.
Must try: Some duck shanks with plum sauce are a nice shared starter in the main restaurant bar.
2 Centreway, Mordialloc. P: +61 3 9588 2066
Doyles ‘Bridge’ Hotel: It’s all about the deck at Doyles. One of the best spots to just sit down and soak up all that Mordialloc offers in abundance – boats, sea breeze and fresh air.
Must try: When you’re sitting by the sea eat some seafood! The seafood platter is huge, feeds two or three people and gives you the best of the ocean.
1 Nepean Hwy, Aspendale. P: +61 3 8587 1000
Seed Café: A warm relaxing café just up from the beach with natural wholesome food. All the staff enthusiastically sponsor a young six year old girl named Graciela from Ecuador through World Vision with their tips, so be sure to leave one.
Must try: Yummy Mummy’s Brekkie. Some layered muesli, vanilla yoghurt, fruit salad and berry coulis. Simple, tasty and filling
9 Centreway, Mordialloc VIC 3195. P: +61 3 9587 5766
Tommy Ruff Fish Bar: Tommy Ruff advertise the best fish and chips in Melbourne. In two locations Elsternwick and Mordialloc the Fish Bar is family run and they have seafood in their blood.
Must try: Fish and Chips obviously.
574A Main Street, Mordialloc. P: +61 3 9580 2525
Windows on the Bay: A modern Australian menu in Mordialloc’s iconic beachfront restaurant. Windows on the Bay was also runner up in the 2015 ABIA Victorian Awards in the ‘Restaurant Reception’ category.
Must try: High country pork fillet & crisp pork belly, pickled baby apple, burnt apple puree.
Peter Scullin Reserve, 333 Beach Road. P: +61 3 9580 2899
Big Mouth Burger: Every good foodie destination needs a burger joint. Big Mouth Burger ticks that box for Mordialloc.
Must try: Picking one burger is too much work. So just get the Five Slider meal and experience a bit of everything.
Mordialloc Plaza, 584-586 Main St. P: +61 3 9587 3511
Mordialloc Cellar Door: Don’t walk past this place and think it’s just a bottle shop. Tucked out the back is a great little room for sitting and drinking your beer or wine while getting lost in conversation.
Must try: It’s all about the drinks at the Cellar Door so have a chat to the helpful staff and ask for a tasty bottle of wine.
Mordialloc Plaza, 622 Main St. P: +61 3 9580 6521
As you can see Mordialloc has plenty to offer and above are just some of the must-try venues along the cosy seaside town. With heaps of other great eateries along the main street it’s well worth a night out or just stop off for a quick coffee to break up your trip.
Mordialloc is also well known for its food and wine festival held each year along the foreshore. Held in March around 40,000 people get along each year to see the best that Mordi has to offer. Find out more here: Click Here
So, have a walk along the pier and enjoy the best this bayside town has to offer.