While Phillip Island is not typically known as a foodies paradise, those who stop to explore will find some little gems in the local area. In such as small area there are some sensational food and wine locations that definitely warrant a visit! Theres something for everyone…
One of my favourite stops is Spice Island’s Pantry located in San Remo. Here Paul & Rachel Stafford run the café open for hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches, not to mention great coffee. While the menu is limited, you will find something that will have your tastebuds screaming for more. At ‘The pantry’ you will also find Spice Island cooking school which operates certain days of the week and offer a wide range of cooking styles. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment and make sure you have someone drop you to the school – the local wines are as much a part of the school as the food is!
Infused in Cowes offers a modern menu, and whilst on the main street has a very pleasant warm setting. Enjoy a beverage out on the terrace before moving in to the restaurant for some local delights. Dining here had me wanting Oysters for the first time ever. The guests joining me for dinner opted for mixed dozens which allowed them to try the many different and incredible ways in which the chef prepares the oysters! Try the red curry coconut oysters with seaweed and water chestnuts!
The Foreshore in Rhyll is another favourite with great views over the bay in the sleepy seaside town of Rhyll. Enjoy the warmth of the rustic yet modern restaurant with a glass of wine in the lounge or a sumptuous meal in the restaurant. The Foreshore buzzes on the weekends and is a must to visit for their mussel dish!
Watermark @ Silverwater Resort offers relaxed dining with sensational bay views. Enjoy local & imporrted wines and share tapas on the expansive deck while watching the sun glisten over the water; or opt for a tasty three course dinner. The executive chef, William Mclean, makes the most of the local produce which regional Victoria is famous for…
The two wineries on Phillip Island offer some great options and a wide variety. Purple Hen in Rhyll has award winning wines from grapes grown on the property. Rick and his team will welcome you to their property for some tastings. Make sure you try the Viognier and Sparkling Red! Phillip Island Wines are located between the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and the Penguin Parade, and have sensational white wines for tasting…. And you’ll find it hard to resist purchasing a bottle or two.
There are so many other options on Phillip Island to visit – White Bait Fish & Chips In Woolamai, The Westernport Hotel for a delicious pub meal, Harrys on the Esplanade for some seafood, Pino’s in Cowes for pizza with the family…. You really are spoilt for choice, but word of warning – on a weekend make sure you book!
And don’t forget to stop in and take home some of the most important food type of all – Chocolate at our very own Phillip Island Chocolate Factory!