After spending a few hours at the DFO South Wharf in Melbourne, and spending money when we shouldn’t have been (oh the bargains we snagged though!), we made our way back to our apartment with one thing on our mind. Food. The only gripe was, we didn’t know where to go and what was considered ‘close’ to where we were staying, so we decided to make a pit stop into The Boatbuilders Yard which was onroute to heading back home.
The cafe, which is a revamped boatshed sits right by the edge of the Yarra River at South Wharf amongst a parkland with plenty of greenery. We grabbed a seat outside on their outdoor wooden deck and requested for the outdoor heaters to be switched on as we enjoyed a slight escape from the bustling city and people watched through the outdoor paned glass walls. The menu had a range of eats that leant towards a South American/Mediterranean feel of modern pub grub and some of the usual classic favourites like fried calamari and an Angus burger.
We started off with a bottle of vino, just to warm our bellies up that chilly morning whilst the boys didn’t let the weather deter them from ordering a cold bevvy of beer.
Calo Tempranillo DOC, Rioja, Spain; $48.00 bottle
Angus burger; $19.50
Some of us stuck to something safe and ordered the Angus burger with pickles, mustard, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce all wedged between a brioche bun with chips and cola jam and aioli. A pretty decent burger offering they’ve got going with generous ingredients and a healthy amount of crisp hot chips on the side. The chips were a winner with everyone helping themselves to the heap of golden crisps and happily dunking them into the aioli, the preferred condiment.
Jerked pork belly; $21.50
A pork belly dish will rarely get missed by the Stranger when it appears on a menu. Four slices of fatty pork belly with scratching paired with a bright and sweet pineapple salsa. A tasty meal which woke up the palate, although it wasn’t enough to make a difference to the Stranger’s hungry appetite.
Zucchini fritters; $16.50
I tried to get some veggies into me and opted for something a bit more healthier–zucchini fritters. Unfortunately, we weren’t too fond of the flavours in The Boatbuilder’s Yard’s version with roasted eggplant, chickpeas, sofrito, smoked almonds and quark. Maybe it not being a corn fritter should have set alarm bells off in my head. The fritters themselves were actually bland, soft and soggy, missing that crisp golden crunchy exterior however the accompanied salad was an improvement with its vibrant and bold flavours and ‘crunch’ factor with chopped smoked almonds and chickpeas.
A decent and fuss free lunch in an informal and relaxed space that was convenient for us as we were passing by. A calm atmosphere and nice view as we lunched and people watched but my bet is that it gets quite loud and busy on a Friday or Saturday night.
The Boatbuilders Yard
23 South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf VIC 3006
P 03 9686 5088