Porch and Parlour

Features

outdoor area
takeaway
notable vegetarian options

When Porch and Parlour relocated from Brighton Boulevard in 2012, it gained better access to the beach. Now it’s perfect for a pre-swim coffee, or a shared bottle of red and pâté board after an afternoon of soaking in the sun.

Artfully distressed walls and elegant tile work give a Mediterranean feel to the interior, while rough wood panelling and the windows – which open wide to catch the sea breezes – nod to the beachside locale.

Food runs all day. Early on there are green pea pancakes with avocado and egg; and hash browns with paprika hollandaise, bacon or smoked salmon. Lunch balances light and hearty with salads, burgers and a steak sandwich.

Dinner takes a different format, with a menu designed for steady snacking. Options include kingfish ceviche with pickled shallot; rice-flour gnocchi with mixed mushrooms and feta; and lamb shoulder with baby carrots and dukkah.

It’s typical to wait a while here, so it’s lucky there’s also a short wine list. It’s heavy on Australian bottles, but you might find the occasional French option too. Beers include Stone & Wood, Young Henrys and Mountain Goat; and there’s a wide range of refreshing cocktails.