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HOT: The Boathouse, Moonee Ponds

I used to think that Melbourne only had one river running through it – the Yarra – but since heading westward I’ve realised that the Maribyrnong River can be just as scenic and well-served with bike paths, order parks and eateries.

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The Boathouse is a sprawling restaurant, bar and cafe owned by Masterchef judge Gary Mehigan situated on the banks of the Maribyrnong River at Maribyrnong Park. The restaurant has an indoor area with lots of pram access and a large wooden deck overlooking the river and parklands.

On weekends it pays to book a table but the outdoor area is strictly for walk-ins so you can take your chances. In winter there are gas heaters which light up the outdoor area but it can still be pretty chilly.

The Boathouse

The menu runs a fairly straight and narrow pub-food path, with pizzas, burgers, fish and chips and steaks all featuring. The kids menu contains more standard items all priced at $9.50.

I highly recommend trying one of their pizzas. They were wood-fired with a rustic, bubbly crust and fresh and simple toppings. Their napoli sauce is truly aromatic, not just a backdrop for the rest of the ingredients.

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To keep the little ones happy we order a margherita pizza and a large vanilla milkshake (made with ice cream as they couldn’t substitute it for yoghurt at the bar where the drinks are made) which comes out in a hipster jar ($5).

The Boathouse

Given how busy the place is our meals come out relatively quickly. The servings are huge, particularly the burger, and the adult meals come padded out with loads of chips (which may or may not be a good thing).

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The Boathouse

I think our meals are slightly more expensive than I’d expect – $25 for a burger, even if it’s made from wagyu, is pretty steep. However, I think you’re paying for the setting and no doubt they can charge these prices because they know that people will still come.

There’s a reason that The Boathouse is a favourite with local families. There is lots of room for prams, the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming for kids, the food is kid-friendly and there’s an awesome council playground right next door. It’s a very pleasant bike ride along the Maribyrnong River too and we’ll be back.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Hello. W e had a meal tonight, and my panna cotta (double espresso) was terribly disappointing. I would go so far as to say it was NOT a panna cotta (cooked cream) but was just an ‘instant chocolate pudding’ from a packet, or at best, something mixed with chocolate as it was runny and had no gelatine. Please don’t advertise and CHARGE for something which is not genuine. It also had NO cream in it. I did not complain at the table as I was a guest and did not want to embarrass my family. Yours faithfully, Judith Krohn.
    PS The cocktails were also too watery (too much ice, or added? mineral water to the mix). I ordered a Mohito. I wanted a Brandy Cruster but you had run out of BrANDY!! How can this happen when there are bottle stores in the vicinity? Not good at all.

    1. Hi Judith, thanks for your email. Sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience at The Boathouse. I encourage you to provide your feedback directly to the restaurant as I write reviews and don’t have any affiliation or relationship with The Boathouse. Cheers Joyce

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