Baia Di Vino
Mediterranean meals, plus Italian and European wines — all along Sandringham's beachfront.
Bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to our own bayside suburb of Sandringham, Baia Di Vino is Melbourne's newest beachfront wining and dining destination.
Regardless of the weather, this shoreline gem channels balmy Amalfi Coast sunsets and laidback holiday sessions, sporting a warm fitout of rattan and exposed timber by Samantha Eades Design. Big arched windows overlook the ocean, while an impressive marble bar boasts front-and-centre kitchen-side seating.
From that kitchen comes a coastal-inspired menu packed full of modern European flair. Local produce shines through in considered dishes like fried sardines matched with fennel cream and an orange emulsion, as well as seared duck breast with butternut pumpkin and nerone rice. Plenty of plates make a hero of ocean-fresh ingredients, like the Brodetto Di Pesce, featuring scampi, king prawn, Cloudy Bay clams, Port Arlington mussels, scallops and squid in an aromatic prawn broth.
Living up to its name, which translates to 'wine bay', Baia di Vino also boasts a carefully curated wine offering, showcasing drops from across Italy and greater Europe, alongside European grape varieties from some top Aussie producers. A Coravin system means you can sample some premium international pours by the glass, perhaps alongside elegant small plates like the duck and foie gras terrine, or veal-stuffed ascolana crumbed olives.
And come home time, there's an onsite wine store replete with yet more Euro treats.
Images: Jake Roden