[Melbourne] Stokehouse Café – Your Friendly Beach-side Café

A trip to Melbourne is incomplete without a visit to St Kilda beach – especially it being Summer right now. Before my first visit to Melbourne, my friend described St Kilda as the “East Coast Park” of Melbourne. In some ways, I see where she is coming from – it’s location (conveniently located near the city centre) &  it’s purpose (family outing, couples dating, dogs walking, runners and joggers sweating it out). However, I MUST highlight that it is wrong to liken Australia’s beaches to that in Singapore – there’s hardly anything similar between them at all.

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A typical afternoon along St Kilda

Along this lovely beach nests a remarkable establishment which is renowned for its good food. The Stokehouse (two hatted) occupies the upper level of the establishment; meanwhile, Stokehouse Bar & Grill (located on ground level) has now been replaced by this sun shiny cafe since the beginning of this year.

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With no lack of sunshine flowing in through the glass windows, the Café offers both indoor and al fresco dining. Capacity is huge so one should hardly worry about finding a table (no reservations accepted for the Café). Ambience wise, we found it a little too noisy and the layout of the café somehow reminded us of a fast food restaurant…hmm. HOWEVER, the relatively good service, great food and awesome scenery more than made up for it.

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MUSSELS, PEPPERONATA, SAUSAGE, CHILLI, MINT ($12) – Awesome rendition of one of my favourite things!

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ROASTED SWEET CORN, SPICED MAYO, LEMON, MANCHEGO ($6) – corn has never tasted so good, seriously!

Although some may find the menu selection insufficient, I believe in quality selections rather than quantity. Overall, I had a very enjoyable and affordable first attempt at this café – will definitely pop by everytime I head to the beach.

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