For my birthday in February, my friend Mel and I went to The Stokehouse in St Kilda for lunch. It’s a restaurant I’ve wanted to go to for a long time. It’s right on St Kilda beach giving magnificent views of Port Phillip Bay. It was a beautiful warm summers day which made the view perfect.
We arrived a little early and the somewhat snooty maitre ‘d told us we would have to wait outside so we went for a bit of a walk around. We passed a man who was just waking up who had fallen asleep under a tree beside the restaurant. We weren’t sure if he was homeless or just decided to have a sleep there.
When we re-entered the restaurant we were led upstairs to the restaurant and shown to a window table. I was hoping to sit near a window so I could enjoy the view. The waitress came over and explained what the specials were. I decided to order my entree and main meal from their main menu. I ate Seared Atlantic scallops, ruby grapefruit salad and a fennel puree. It was delicious. The scallops were cooked to perfection. Mel ordered Tuna carpaccio, tamarillos, yoghurt, caperberries, salmon roe.
For our main meals, I ate Crispy battered King George whiting fillets, hand cut chips, lemon and tartare sauce . Mel ate ocean trout with prawns and a tomato salad. Neither of us ate dessert. I could only just finish my fish. I left a lot of the hand cut chips because I told eat many chips and the waitress was worried I didn’t like them. They were very nice.
When it came to the wine list there were three choices in the Sparking Wine section of the list. The $25 glass of wine caught my eye but I thought I’d better not spend that much even though it was a nice wine (I can’t remember what it was). A few minutes later I thought “what the hell” and decided to order it. It was my birthday after all.