There are plenty of ways to approach Queencliff’s gleaning 360Q: by ferry, car, foot or – yes, please – by luxury sea-liner. The two-storey restaurant and bar sits at the tip of the promenade at the stunning one-year-old Queenscliff Harbour and offers a fresh, modern alternative to the seaside village’s renowned Victorian hotels.
Architect Robert Conti’s design is clean and simple, with natural wood, limestone, copper and plenty of glass. In warmer months, folding doors invite sea breezes into the 150-seat dining area that offers sweeping views of Swan Island and Port Phillip Bay.
The menu features innovative, contemporary cuisine, split into emotive headings: Share, Tasty, Hungry,Extras, Sweet. Head chef Colin Swalwell (ex-Yering Station) maintains a strong focus on local, regional produce, including fresh fish sourced straight from catches at nearby St Leonards and Barwon Heads.
Tempura crab and scallop-filled zucchini flowers come with chilli and soy dressing for a tapas-style tempter. For a light lunch, try the dill and lemon infused prawns with tomato and basil terrine, or fill up with eye-fillet medallions with beetroot and peppercorn sauce.
Rathbone Wine Group has added 360Q to an illustrious portfolio of vineyards, including the Yarra’s Yering Station, Coonawarra’s Parker Estate, the Grampians’ Mount Langi Ghiran and Margaret River’s Xanadu. Even without a vineyard in sight at 360Q, weekend tastings and wine store specials feature prominently in tandem with a lengthy wine list.
Diners who arrive for lunch might be interested in 360Q’s encore – taking the staircase up the 30-metre Observational Tower. The viewing platform provides an impressive 360-degree view overlooking Queenscliff, the Harbour and the Peninsula surrounds.
Too late for lunch? Settle for an iced coffee in a stemless wineglass. After 5? Sip Champagne as the sun streams through the windows. A few too many? Hit the pillow at one of Queenscliff’s historic homesteads.