Sebastian Beach Grill and Bar – Williamstown, Melbourne

“The newest project from prolific restaurateur Dave Parker (a backer of Neptune, San Telmo, and Pastuso) with his friend Alex Brawn is set in Williamstown’s heritage-listed beach pavilion.

 

If the weather is right, you can scuttle straight out of the sea and onto a picture-perfect deck where the well-shod and sandy-toed alike are knocking back Estrella beers, cocktails and fried mussels as the sun sets. And if you never knew Williamstown had a cracker shoreline, it’s truly an otherworldly experience.

Sebastian is of course named for the gustatory playground that is Spain’s San Sebastian, the city that sparkles with Michelin stars and snack-filled bars where chasing pintxos (tapas of the Basque region) and snoozing on the sand constitutes your entire agenda.

That’s an itinerary you can replicate here. And should. The deck (low key, no-bookings) is festooned with blue and white wicker and umbrellas, a perimeter of sea-admiring benches and a dedicated bar where you can order the same (slightly reduced) menu as the restaurant.

 

You can also get at the full Spain-meets-Melbourne cocktail and wine list, which works for a beachside ride. Beers are the sessionable stuff from proven crafty locals like Two Birds and Cavalier, or multinational Pilsners and Moritz. It’s a shame cider doesn’t get much attention beyond Napoleon given it’s a San Sebastian staple, but sangria does, and a fresh, bone dry spritz spiked with sherry and pomelo sherbert and nicely embittered burnt orange pisco sour shows the bar can throw a drink. All this, without putting on real shoes or pants.

The ambition is writ slightly larger inside, where you’ll find a dining room of deep tan banquettes and chef Leigh Robbins’ extended menu . . .” (goodfood.com.au)

Summary of services to Sebastian Beach Grill and Bar:

  • management and HR systems
  • quality control system
  • cost control system
  • management and supervisory training
  • key staff mentoring