A SHOWPIECE complex at Queenscliff Harbour will soon re-open, after lying idle for
more than three years. Restaurant 360Q’s first floor will be transformed into a premier 140-seat events venue, while the downstairs area will become a daily cafe, bar and restaurant.
The panoramic building — which wraps around the marina’s observation tower — has been taken over by Sorrento Catering, which runs a string of quality venues across Victoria. Company CEO and well-known chef, Barry Iddles, said he was excited to open his first Bellarine Peninsula space on October 8.
“The harbour area at Queenscliff is incredibly beautiful but also under-utilised,” he said. “It’s my mission to make this venue both the best casual dining and function space in the region.”
The ground floor area will be known as Hooked on Fish, and will open daily for breakfast and lunch. Dinner will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights until Christmas, before opening nightly through to the end of January.
The upstairs space will retain the 360Q name, and be used for functions and weddings.
“There is literally no other venue like it on the coast,” Mr Iddles said. He plans to host
weekly events on the promenade, including live music, themed food events and farmers markets.
He has already been in talks with Bellarine seafood producers and also plans to feature the region’s wineries at regular winemaker dinners. “The local produce from the
Queenscliff and surrounding areas is phenomenal,” he said. “We really want to showcase it and we are certain these events will do just that, as well as instil life and vibrancy to the precinct.”
The head chef will be Matt Hallam, who has worked with the company at three of its businesses, including Elk Restaurant at Falls Creek.
The 360Q venue, which is owned by Doug Rathbone of Rathbone Wine Group, closed in June 2013 after operating for three years. “With business getting tougher and harder, we couldn’t continue it on,” spokeswoman Rachael Scicluna said. “It’s really sad; we’ve worked tirelessly for the past three years, andwe’re just incredibly disappointed we couldn’t sustain it any longer.”Read More
He’s catered events for TinaArena, celebrity weddings in New York and worked as a chef for
royal families at a yachting event in Holland – now celebrity chef Barry Iddles is bringing his magic to Queenscliff.
Iddles, the well-known chef, restaurateur and owner of Sorrento Catering, will reopen the
iconic 360 waterfront restaurant on the harbour at Queenscliff on October 8, and has promised it will soon be the most talked-about venue on the coast.
The Hooked on Fish Cafe Bar and Restaurant downstairs will serve breakfast and lunch seven
days and cater for locals, day-trippers on the ferry from Sorrento and tourists.
However, Iddles says the spectacular 360Q and function space on the first floor is set to be the jewel in the crown of function spaces in the region.
Guests can venture up a spiral staircase to an enclosed viewing deck from which they can enjoy magnificent 360-degree views over Queenscliff’s $38 million marina, the township, Port Phillip Heads and the city of Melbourne in the distance.
“There is literally no other venue like it on the coast,” he said.“It’s very exciting to be relaunching this space, which will offer not only amazing food, winesand service from our established and professional team, but also an incredibly unique experience for our guests.”Iddles says the 140-seat venue is suited to all types of functions, and that the viewing area – which is licensed – is a real drawcard. “We think it will make the perfect spot for photos of special occasions, whether it’s a bride and groom, a significant birthday or an engagement party.”
Iddles says the venue’s reputation is speaking for itself, with several weddings already booked for February and March. “It’s amazing that we have had several confirmed bookings and enquiries already, and the venue has not yet launched.
“We can’t wait to open our doors and get to work creating memorable events for our guests.”
Iddles’ function and event management credentials are impressive.
He not only catered for Tina Arena’s family lunch on her wedding day as well as her housewarming party, he created events in New York for two celebrity weddings, catered yachting events for royal families Medemblik in Holland and has worked as chef for numerous weddings at Sorrento
Sailing Couta Boat Club and at private residences on the Mornington Peninsula. He now owns Sorrento Catering, which has the catering rights for the salubrious Sorrento Sailing
Couta Boat Club, 333 in Melbourne, the Tarnuk Room at Australian Gardens in Cranbourne and
Elk Restaurant in the Falls Creek alpine village.
Both Queenscliff restaurants will be under the watchful gaze of head chef Mathew Hallam, who
has cut this teeth with Iddles’ other successful venues over the past 12 months.
The 360 venue, co-owned by famed local vineyard identity Doug Rathbone of Rathbone
Wine Group, which includes Mount Langi Ghiran and Yering Station in its stable, has been closed since 2014.
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