Captain Baxter Restaurant

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“The Food Dude has discovered yet another of St Kilda’s Best Kept Secrets, and this one, Captain Baxter, gives dining by the sea a different perspective!”


Located above the popular Republica Restaurant in the St Kilda Sea Baths complex, Captain Baxter pays homage to one of St Kilda’s earliest settlers and land owners, by the same name. The fine dining restaurant is a family business that continues the tradition of supporting other family producers and suppliers.

The menu is seasonal and sourced from the best local suppliers, and when we say the best local suppliers we are talking about those fantastic farming producers in wider Victoria and Tasmania. The comprehensive wine list, uniquely presented in a ships log concept, similarly represents the diverse Victorian wine regions; offering selections from the Yarra Valley, Rutherglen, Darling Point, King Valley, Heathcote and even Whitemans Plateau. Only a couple of Red labels from the Barossa Valley in South Australia and imported French wines are sprinkled amongst this distinctive list from Victoria.

Manager Paul Whitford, who has been with the Republica group for five years, has been at the helm of Captain Baxter since its opening only a few weeks ago. Like a true captain, he welcomed me and ‘she’ aboard with two Captain Baxter Cocktails, gesturing us to a floor to ceiling window table with a spectacular view of the sunset overlooking St Kilda beach. These stimulating Captain Baxter Cocktails had a refreshing blend of pomegranate molasses and house made green tea, most unusual but delicious. They were closely followed by a complimentary plate of green and black olives and an addictive bowl of mixed nuts.

The plush ambience of the restaurant, with its combination of black leather lounge private booths (with comfortable seating for 5 or 6), open spaced kitchen (referred to as the Galley), lavish and large cocktail bar, extensive seating for over 100 patrons, all surrounded and encased by floor to ceiling windows (front and side), creates a magnificent and comfortable eating environment. There is also an outside deck overlooking the beach which is open on warm nights and days and is ideal for that beach lunch or dinner.

Besides the friendly, switched on staff buzzing around the room, the real story here is the quintessential cuisine. Captain Baxter offers a formidable selection of shared starters and we chose to attack four from the dazzling list: Shaved Cuttlefish on sobrasada pork sausage, sprinkled with broad beans and salsa verdot was one scrumptious star. Grilled Octopus, potato, and green olives with paprika shaken over the whole dish was looking interesting but she devoured it all, almost. She ordered the Artichokes with braised fennel, mustard and mint, artichokes aren’t usually my thing but this adventure was absolutely superb. The fourth selection was unrivalled; Barbecued Quail covered with rich almond cream sauce, the plate sprinkled with almonds and raisins. We both agreed this was sensationally cooked.

Talking about the cooking… this time a pair of geniuses uniquely share the role of Head Chef as they do their lives; yes, Danielle Rennosonnet and Shaun Clancy are partners at work and at home. Both just returned from three years as personal chefs to a Spanish family at their home in Para d’ Majorca, and on board their yacht. Danielle and Shaun bring this individual attention to their presentation of the dishes and the extraordinary flavours.

The main course was a difficult choice from a remarkable selection of shared dishes which ranged from Garfish to Lamb, but we chose correctly, as it turned out, with the Roasted Baby Chicken with heirloom carrot, celeraic and pancetta – A truly gorgeous dish of slowly roasted, tender chicken breast, accompanied by a rolled leg of chicken presented as

Then for dessert, we both couldn’t go past the poached pear, hazel nuts and ‘delirious’ muscatel ice cream – A mouth watering experience to complete an exceptional dining occasion for us both.pancetta parcels, and served with a mixed grain salad and a scrumptious shredded zucchini salad. This dish was nothing short of sensational.


St Kilda Sea Baths/Captain Baxter

10/10 – 18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Open Thursday from 6 pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – Lunch & Dinner

Ph: (03) 85348999


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