Roughly between the Bay St shops in Port Melbourne and the bustling areas of Crown/South Melbourne, Wayside Inn looks slightly out of place in such a retail/light industrial area. But I'd enjoyed my experience at The Station Hotel (created by the same people) and we had heard good things, so it was worth checking out.
I was immediately drawn to a mirror detailing two seafood platters. I love steak and I love seafood. Alas our mission was to eat steak - so that is what I did.
The steaks looked fantastic (sorry about the weird filter on the photos), though the accompanying salad looked a little lacklustre. Luckily we'd ordered two side dishes - hand cut chips and beetroot & farro salad with Persian feta. The chips were good but it was the beetroot salad that really stole the show.
Another show stopper was my glass of wine - Red Claw Heathcote Shiraz. I'm not sure whether I just really needed a drink or whether it was genuinely good wine, but at the time, I couldn't stop raving about it.
Dan demolished his sirloin while I satisfied my steak craving with a scotch fillet. My steak was nice but not particularly outstanding. As expected, it had a more subtle flavour than Dan's steak. I think I'd order the sirloin next time. It was thicker, a bit crispier on the outside but still red-pink on the inside and as already mention, full of flavour.
Overall, the Wayside Inn provided a lovely atmosphere and some delicious, but not outstanding, food. The staff were pleasant though slightly awkward at times. There appeared to be a nice courtyard/beer garden, so I would definitely be interested in checking that out in the warmer months. Ultimately though, Dan and I will always crave a good steak - so I'm pretty sure we'll be back.
Name: Wayside Inn
Location: 446 City Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205