The month of December is not complete without a few special celebratory get togethers bringing in the Christmas season. With an ever-growing landscape of local restaurants providing a variety of cuisines and catering to every taste, be sure to raise your glass while discovering some of our amazing local food destinations.
Front and center of Geelong’s stunning waterfront precinct sits a newly designed and refurbished eatery space, Tempo Kitchen and Bar. As part of the renowned Novotel complex, Tempo promises a culinary journey like no other and celebrates both land and sea with an innovative seafood and grill style cuisine. In addition, their highly curated bar menu is a perfect accompaniment to their culinary offerings. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is the perfect way to celebrate the start of summer and the lead up to Christmas. www.tempogeelong.com.au
Parkers were Geelong’s original steakhouse and continues to deliver the very best with a newly launched menu to tantalize all taste buds and set in an historical rustic building with an ambient overtone. Open five nights 6pm until late and bookings are essential and can be made at www.parkerssteakhouse.com.au.
You can be forgiven if you have a keen eye and palate for beautiful cheeses. If so, head to 168 Pakington Street in Geelong West and Splatters Cheese Bar offers an incredible range of artisan cheeses to graze on. Enjoy by the plate or all you can eat and it is also the perfect central venue for end of year functions and any event really. Be sure to check them out. www.splattersonline
There is something so old world and decadent about indulging in a high tea. With the stunning and historical Bellevue Receptions now back open, step back in time and every Wednesday – Sunday 2-4pm, enjoy their take on a traditional High Tea. Offering sweet and savory offerings as well as alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages to also enjoy. This is fast becoming popular locally, so be sure to book. www.bellevuereceptions.com.au
Since 1971 Fishermen’s Pier has perched proudly over Geelong’s beautiful bay, offering incredible views and a food and beverage menu to match. Seafood is the specialty, but with a wide culinary offering, there is something delicious for all palates. This is indeed one of Geelong’s most well-known local restaurants and will certainly not disappoint. In celebration of the Christmas season, this is the perfect time to sample this iconic venue. www.fishermanspier.com.au
Ever since they opened their doors Mavs Greek Restaurant has been one of Geelong’s absolute firm favorites. Offering a wide menu paying homage to delicious fresh and homemade Greek dishes and an extensive beverage list to complete the picture. Impeccable service, a comfortable setting and a central location make this a definite regular favorite. www.atmavs.com.au.
Believe it or not this is just a taster of the vast landscape that is our regions food and beverage offerings. From high end dining, to contemporary and cool, a huge variety of international cuisines, coffee to rival our metropolitan neighbors and everything in between and it simply keeps getting better.
So where to for that next Christmas season get together?