‘Sails on the Bay’ celebrates 20 years as a bayside icon

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Iconic bayside restaurant and cafe Sails on the Bay, celebrated two decades as one of Melbourne’s most loved dining destinations with a lavish cocktail party on April 3rd

Founders and owners, Derek and Monica Fuller hosted a large crowd of celebrities and local business VIP’s, turning on scrumptious finger food, copious amounts of fresh oysters and other delicacies plus nonstop premium wine and champers!

Monica delivered a witty and humorous speech to commence proceedings. Chatting to the guests, I ascertained that Derek and Monica have worked tirelessly to create the perfect waterside-dining experience. Boasting unparalleled views of Port Phillip Bay, Sails on the Bay in Elwood has built a reputation for across-the-board excellence; not only as a fine seafood restaurant, but also an in-demand weddings, parties and functions venue, and a relaxed cafe.

But Monica insists their success is based on a simple philosophy: “We serve lovely food in a beautiful bayside setting, and we care that all of our guests enjoy themselves. Derek and I welcome our guests as if they are coming into our home, and our staff have the same attitude”.

The Fullers’ extensive restaurant experience, Derek as head chef and Monica front-of-house, has proven a winning combination for Sails on the Bay. The UK-born couple met while they were both working at the luxurious Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair, London. At the time, Derek was believed to be the youngest person appointed head chef at a five-star restaurant in London – In particular his desserts were celebrated. The Fullers moved to Australia in the early 1990’s, they founded Sails on the Bay which is set right on Elwood Beach, with Port Phillip Bay and Elwood Park as a backdrop.

It now has three separate kitchens, headed by Derek as Executive Head Chef, Rafi Cohen as Head Chef and Stuart Cole as Pastry Chef and up to 55 staff overall during peak seasons. The main event room is able to cater for up to 300 people and the private dining room caters for between 10–40 people, while the cafe terrace can also be transformed into a chic, waterfront event space for up to 80.

Highlights of the restaurant menu include the seafood mélange, grilled local bay snapper, and soba noodle and wakamen salad with seared scallops and champagne vinaigrette (and cured ocean trout entree). Seafood is supplied by Ash Brothers Seafood.

 

Sails on the Bay

Elwood Beach (15 Elwood Foreshore), Elwood

Open Tuesday – Saturday: Restaurant and private dining room; lunch from noon, dinner from 6pm. Cafe terrace; lunch 12pm – 3:30pm (Tuesday – Friday), all-day breakfast and lunch 9am – 3:30pm (Saturday).

For bookings call (03) 9525 6933, log on to www.sailsonthebay.com.au or email dine@sailsonthebay.com or events@sailsonthebay.com

 

 

By Food Dude (Phone: 0427 382 772, Email: fooddude@stkildanews.com)

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