Frankston's Fun Pub
Never thought I would be praising Melbourne roadways but the new Mornington Peninsula freeway, I have to say, has made escaping to our bayside beauts so much easier!
Travelling regularly to Somers and Mornington visiting friends we have found the pub scene a bit of a yawn! So it was great to see a younger spirited destination realising its potential in the emerging Frankston.
The Deck est. 2013, after a bright and beachy makeover, opened late last year in the former Kittens strip club. This we learnt from one of our lunch guests, a bayside car dealer, who went onto divulge further about the former business as an unwelcome distraction for the locals! We laughed and joked how he knew so much about the previous incarnation.
It was a glorious sunny day so we started our lunch on the deck with its terrific bayside views and comfortable relaxing beach shack vibe. It is easy to see why this new venue is now purring along with a different set of locals.
There is a great selection of affordable local wines, tap beers and drink specials on offer. I couldn’t resist another dad joke opportunity so I opted for well priced Fickle Mistress Pinot Noir from central Otago New Zealand.
The bar team were notably attentive and asked whether we preferred to graze on the deck instead of the dining room. But we were eager to explore the full menu which appeared easy to navigate, fairly priced, and consisting of modernised pub classics.
Bar snacks, small eats, oysters, pizza, big eats, side salads and 5 specials were on offer. Specials ranged from a comically named chicken Katut(!), to low and slow beef and pork ribs sliders.
The kitchen's location has star billing with its cotton club signage.
We weren’t disappointed with the first wave of mod oz pub classics, potato skins were given a welcome makeover with jalapeños & tomato chutney!
Followed by text book S&P calamari and unctuous sticky lamb ribs with honey & balsamic.
The tides changed a little with the Classic Garlic pizza, a tad heavy on the garlic topped with fresh oregano and Australian parmesan, appropriately priced at $10.
But we were back on our feet surfing happily through 6 interesting varieties of oyster preparations, some could say very spherical and too molecular for this nautical location, but nicely done just the same!
Better were the tasty pulled pork and beef rib sliders minus the molecular apple caviar and more like apple and bourbon slaw would be my culinary captain’s advice for the modest 2 chef kitchen crew!
Next the visually appealing seared Tuna Nicoise was terrific example of restraint and fresh produce. Our last savoury dish was a towering Sweet Pea Arancini, again visually impressive but a little too much well cooked rice to melting cheese ratio for our guests liking!
Overall it was a lovely lunch with the great service, the smaller eats and beach deck vibe, diverse entertainment and weekend arvos of footy will be ensuring another speedy and stress free return to this evolving, fun and friendly venue.
What Wilson says - Entertaining contemporary Bayside local.
When can we go - Wednesday to Sunday: midday until late;