Breakfast by Moonlite – Anglesea

Captain Moonlite – ANGLESEA – Great Ocean Road

Captain Moonlite – Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club – 100 Great Ocean Rd, Anglesea

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight… — Oscar Wilde

Captain Moonlite’s Matt Germanchis – and partner Gemma Gange – are two of Anglesea’s pretty big deals.

And, like anyone who’s ever had the bent to abandon ship and to visit – MSCL’s in love with Captain Moonlite, too – awarded a Chef Hat Award by the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide, and listed in Delicious. Eat Out’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Victoria.

We’re pretty sure Captain Moonlite never holidayed at Anglesea. Who cares? His namesake – the converted Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club’s restaurant, ocean-view cafe hideaway – is without question, absolutely no argument, all pistols blazing – the number one place to dine, wine and casual coffee about the Surf Coast’s Great Ocean Road.

If you’re looking for a spectacular ocean vista, inside, or al fresco – atop the driftwood deck – an anchor’s down at The Captain is up there with sailing the Aegean coast. And if our memory serves us rightly, the food here surpasses anything we sampled about the Mediterranean beachsides.

Before moving to the Surf Coast to wow ravenous locals and the hoards of out-of-towners and curious visitors – and yep, they’re winging like cormorants from the Big Smoke to this one – Matt Germanchis was the main man and very big thing behind the louvres of Pei Modern – Melbourne and Sydney – MoVida, and Pandora’s Box.

And we’re thinking Gemma Gange must have left pretty big sand shoes to fill at Pei Modern, Jaques Reymond, and St Kilda’s numero uno – The Stokehouse.

But, oh boy, the Surf Coast is all over Captain Moonlite, and has well and truly claimed Matt Germanchis and Gemma Gange as Great Ocean Road private property. Well…we kind of like to think they belong to us now.

MSCL has done the double-whammy at Captain Moonlite – breakfast and lunch. We’re yet to do dinner, but it’s on our bucket list.

It’s no mean feat to find a Surf Coast locale with such a venue, menu and lookout. No need to set your cap for the Amalfi Coast or to hoist sail for faraway climes – it’s all here. The fruits of the ocean are our choice always. Fresh and frisky. The bent is Mediterranean, with a cruisy mañana ‘every day’s a holiday’ atmosphere.

Food pics curtesy @ Captain Moonlite

We won’t dampen this must-do culinary adventure for prospective visitors by listing and littering here the happy snaps of everything we sampled – there’s not enough room, and that’d be plain embarrassing – suffice to say, the tapioca-prawn and seaweed wasabi dusted cracker – a Jurassic-sized papadum type experience – is a must. The wine list is splashed with some of the region’s best. And we went all creatures great and small from the ocean. Seafood by the sea? Nowhere better.

Breakfast by sunrise, lunch into the mystic, or dine by the light of the silvery moon.

Thank you Matt Germanchis and Gemma Gange – and the irrascible Captain Moonlite – for adding the bounties of Ambrosia’s local harvest to My Surf Coast Life.

Dish Breakfast at Tiffany’s – more diamonds here…

To book – strongly advised.

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