7 The Blvd
Moonee Ponds 3039
I find the Boathouse to be a little getaway, a breather within the busy city. The location in Maribyrnong Park along the Yarra River is just beautiful. We discovered it a while ago and keep going back.
The crowd you find here is very diverse, ranging from joggers digging into healthy brekky, mums & kids out for lunch to suits discussing business over dinner.
We enjoyed sitting outside during the warmer months. This is obviously not possible at the moment but the fit out inside is great, cosy/relaxed and artsy/classy at the same time. The aboriginal paintings on the wall add to the atmosphere.
As for the most important aspect of every restaurant - the food:
The food is fresh and creative. The menu has a bit of a twist which makes it exciting and different to many other restaurants in the area.
Entree - crisp toast with warm smoked trout , potato salad & watercress.
They offer 10 different pizzas. We are still working our way through them. These here are the roasted pumpkin pizza with feta, caramelised onion and baby spinach (my fave so far) & the prawns, scamoroza and chorizo pizza. The pizzas are delicious, hands down.
For dessert (aka the best part of every meal) Gary’s cheesecake (white choc mousse nut crumble & rhubarb syrup) to the left & peanut butter panna cotta with salted popcorn ice cream and toffee popcorn to the right. Stunning.
134 Johnston St
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Bluebird is one of Collingwood’s finest. “That’s not too hard to achieve” you might think. Valid objection. Let’s just say if Bluebird was located in Brunswick it would still be all the way up there on the list.
Their menu holds an impressive number of options. I have to admit none of them sounded overly appealing to me. None but the chicken burger. It doesn’t matter because the chicken burger is absolutely delicious and I don’t want to eat anything else ever again anyway.
The staff at Bluebird are so hip they put the average hipster to shame. Love it. They are always super nice and the guy that makes that amazing coffee should be given an award.
The blue walls, the fresh tulips on every table and those paintings on the blue walls (of the sort you find in grandma’s attic) give the place a homey, funky & peculiar feel. All at the same time.
What I really like are the National Geographic issues from back in the 80ies and 90ies stacked in a corner. I could flip through them while drinking flat whites all day.
Bluebird makes Collingwood a better place. If you find yourself in the neighbourhood check it out! And have a chicken burger while you’re there.
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Brunswick St, Melbourne