From the moment you walk into Melbourne Seafurg, you know you’re in for a treat.
With the arrival of the annual Australian Day Parade on Thursday, April 3, the station will be celebrating its 100th birthday.
And, as you might imagine, it’s got plenty to offer.
“It’s not just about the food, it was a celebration of the place,” said Sydney-based chef and founder of the station, Nick Dickson.
“I think we’re lucky to have this fantastic space to celebrate and celebrate and have the parade here, which is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the food that’s out there.”
You might expect a huge selection of fresh seafood at Melbourne’s Seafurg Seafood station.
But what you might not know is that it’s not all about the fish.
“There’s also some great vegetarian and vegan food, and we have a really nice vegan and gluten-free menu,” he said.
“We’ve got a whole selection of gluten-friendly items on the menu and it’s a really great opportunity to try new things.”
So, why are they celebrating the 100th anniversary of the original Melbourne Seafurgh?
Well, it turns out the station’s got a bit of history.
It was founded in 1899 by an old couple who wanted to make a place where people could come for a quick bite to eat and chat about their life, Dickson said.
They named the store after a local family who were regulars at the station.
“They loved the food and the atmosphere, and they liked that the staff were friendly and really good at their jobs,” he explained.
“They’ve kept going for the last 100 years.”
“We have the first ever veg and vegetarian menu and our vegetarian and gluten free options are really well known, so people can come and try them.”
He added that the food would be available at other stations in Melbourne, and that people would also be able to sample local beers on tap, along with some great local wines.
“If you’re looking for a little more authentic, you can try a couple of local beers,” he joked.
And if you’re not looking for that, there are plenty of options to choose from.
The restaurant offers a full bar with an extensive wine list and beer selection, and you can even try one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, which include shrimp and rice bowls and a fried chicken sandwich.
And don’t forget to head over to Melbourne Seafurger for a meal, which comes with a free bottle of wine.
“We’ve tried to make it as authentic as possible,” he added.
You can also enjoy a cocktail or cocktail bar on the station menu.
And for a drink, Denton says you’ll find the popular Australian Pale Ale on tap or a gin or whisky from the Melbourne distillery.
“For some of our customers, the best cocktail is a gin and tonic,” he admitted.
And, as for the rest of us, we can always check out the menu at the food truck, which offers a huge range of delicious and unusual dishes.
“It’s definitely the place to go for something unique,” he advised.
“A good cocktail is going to be a great meal, as well as a great seafood meal.”