Sails on the Bay

Sails on the Bay, restaurant, Elwood, Melbourne.
Sails on the Bay, restaurant, Elwood, Melbourne. 

2 15 Head St Brighton, VIC 3186

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Opening hours Tue - Fri 12 Noon to 5 PM, 6 PM and 10 PM, Sat 9 AM to 10 PM
Features Private dining, Wheelchair access, Bar, Outdoor seating, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian friendly, Accepts bookings, BYO
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Derek Fuller
Seats 120
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9525 6933
Free wine for Citibank cardholders here

No pressure, lovers. But over the years there have been numerous diamond rings delivered to tables at this oh-so-romantic bayside restaurant. And why not? Crisp white linen, padded chairs, fine glassware, and floating roof sails are a backdrop for unrestricted beachside views through wide windows. The food is equally polished. Teriyaki tuna entree comes rare alongside a snappy green bean salad with boiled egg, and a separate mix of potato, olive and tomato. Some small share plates, like warm octopus salad, or pork belly with kimchi and chilli jam, might miss the mark but mains are a strong suit. Try flavoursome, fat hapuku fillet glazed in miso, say, surrounded by creamy sesame dressing, and crowned with a bright mix of cucumber ribbons, herbs and lotus root. Finish with a decadent chocolate macaroon stack with coconut delice and sour cherry sorbet. Sometimes service may be more relaxed than prices suggest, but the view - and perhaps that diamond ring - is hard to beat.