Oar Lakeside


good for groups
good view
outdoor area
notable vegetarian options

Meet Oar Lakeside, younger sibling to 303 by the Sea in Henley Beach. It shares the same parents as 303 in Alex Smith and Rik Fisher, and offers a menu with plenty of veggies. Unlike at 303, there is lakeside views and extra space to spread out to take it all in.

After two months of renovations, little was left untouched – except the requisite rowing memorabilia on the walls. Floating floorboards took the place of the old ’70s tiles, and hand-tiled tabletops fill the space beside modern concrete counterparts. A high bench lines the windows on one wall. Couches, a coffee table and combustion heater create a cosy winter nook on the other.

The team put leftover cash from the renovation into Robert Gordon tableware, which holds smashed avo on organic dark rye, and “green goddess” bowls filled with sauteed kale, Tuscan cabbage, beetroot relish and sweet potato crisps.

Crystal glasses suspend locally roasted Rio cold brew and pour-overs, and do the job just as well with cocktails. Unlike its older sibling, Oar Lakeside is fully licensed with a wine list picked by East End Cellars.

Before you leave, check out the grocery corner with Brooklyn pickles, Rooftop honey and jars of edible Persian rose petals and hibiscus, which you won’t find just anywhere.