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Stokehouse, Melbourne

30 Jacka Boulevard
Australia 3182
Tel: 61 3 9525 5555's insider take:

With a prime location on St. Kilda's beachfront promenade, the Stokehouse has a sunny patio overlooking the crowds of in-line skaters and sunbathers. And in winter, you can cozy up inside by the fire. Downstairs, the menu is casual and fairly inexpensive: pastas, seafood pizza (topped with prawns, calamari, salmon, and fresh herbs) and great fish-and-chips all cost less than $18. Upstairs, chef Anthony Musarra turns out more formal Oz-Med dishes. Try a starter of seared scallops with roasted chorizo and crème fraïche, then follow with a grilled snapper fillet or the Angus beef tenderloin with porcini ravioli, Swiss chard, and truffle cream. But don't let the sophisticated menu fool you: The Stokehouse has a relaxed, beachy feel.

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