By Leigh O’Connor.
Belly tops, flip flops, late nights, water fights…Summer fun has begun.
As the mercury rises, icy cold drinks are consumed watching the sun turn pink in a perfect Summer sky and thoughts turn to sizzling meat and refreshing desserts.
Thongs and singlets are the national uniform and mosquitos are everywhere…along with cricket on the TV and the sounds of cicadas and frogs lulling us to sleep.
To get you in a Summer state of mind, here are four restaurants to take the heat out of kitchen and set the mood for inspired dining:
At Glenbosch Wine Estate
on Beechworth-Wangaratta Road in Beechworth, it’s all about sharing the experience of fine food, wine and crafted spirits. Feel right at home among the vines while relaxing with a glass of estate wine such as 2020 Sangiovese Blush, or Glenbosch Craft Original Gin – made from favourite botanicals for the smoothest gin you'll taste.
Settle in for a Summer tasting session, accompanied by plates like char siu glazed pork belly, corn purée, ocean prawns, hoisin dressing and bok choy; or smoked tomato risotto, with oregano, cream cheese and salsa verde.
Those seeking an inviting dining destination in Batemans Bay head to Trappers Restaurant
on Old Princes Highway. Nestling in Sunseeker Motor Inn, this stylish restaurant exudes charm from wooden table settings topped with white cloths, statement steel pendent lights and captivating wall art; making for the ideal spot to linger over a meal with family and friends.
From early to late, there are plates to tempt all tastes such as eggs Benedict, with rocket, cherry tomato and Hollandaise; while evening diners delve into grilled crispy skin Atlantic salmon, smashed chats, sautéed greens and lemon butter sauce.
Established in 1860, Poachers Paradise Hotel
is an iconic pub located on Main Street in Rutherglen. Formerly known as Rutherglen Hotel, this country-style pub boasts a bistro, bar, sports bar and TAB, plus indoor and outdoor dining options; whether you are looking to enjoy an ice-cold beer with friends, or enjoy a meal with family and friends, you’ll find a warm welcome here.
Devour slow-cooked pulled pork sliders and house coleslaw, on brioche buns to start your Summer feast; before chowing down on pistachio crusted lamb cutlets, mash and vegetables – make sure to save room for Oreo cheesecake and whipped cream.
Bringing a unique taste of Asian-inspired food and cocktails to Maroochydore, head to Corbin’s Kitchen & Wine Bar
on Duporth Avenue for fun in the sun. Dine alfresco on warm Sunshine Coast days as you people-watch and enjoy balmy breezes with a cold glass of wine in hand; or head indoors to join a lively buzz of conversation as family and friends catch up over a bite to eat.
Wrap your hands around a soft-shell crab tostada and fermented chilli to start, or cured scallops, pepita satay and chilli oil; while twice-cooked pork belly, sweet and sour sauce and Asian herbs entice for the main affair.