27A Lake Wendouree Foreshore, Ballarat, VIC
03 5333 5533
Sitting at the water’s edge, overlooking the picturesque waters of Lake Wendouree can be a great way to spend a relaxing evening. Now, add a nice bottle of wine, a delightful meal, and that evening would definitely be memorable. That is exactly the kind of atmosphere that Steve wanted to create, when, 13 years ago, he opened the doors to the Boatshed Restaurant – situated literally on the edge of the lake, in the city centre of Ballarat, Victoria.
“Our restaurant offers our customers an unequalled view of Ballarat’s most treasured icon,” said Steve.
Steve explained that the business, which is managed by Kay Fraser, along with Steve himself, has mostly grown by word-of-mouth. He said he is proud of the strong reputation the restaurant has managed to build for its great food, amazing views and relaxing atmosphere. While some restaurants boast about their picturesque surroundings, the Boatshed puts their patrons right in the middle of the scenery.
“With the ambiance of a building sitting over the water, we hope to bring a sense of serenity to our customers as they enjoy our fine cuisine,” explained management.
A few years ago the area suffered a major drought and Lake Wendouree dried up. The owner said that although the lake was just dust and dirt for almost four years, customers still kept coming back. He added the secret to their success is Wesley Miller, the head chef, who is creative and ingenious in his use of fresh, local produce.
“Wesley, combined with a fantastic kitchen staff, has continued to provide creative cooking and excellence in service which has kept us one of Ballarat’s best restaurants, even with our scenic outlook temporarily compromised,” he said. However, the lake is once again replenished and people can now enjoy the scenery with their meal.
Some of the local vendors the Restaurant relies on include: Mount Zero Olives, Tuki trout farm and Sher Wagyu Beef – “We really are lucky in central Victoria having access to all the best Victoria has to offer.” The Boatshed offers an extensive menu, comprised of ever-evolving breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Wesley’s signature dish is the Salmon en Croute, served with roast chat potatoes, asparagus, snow peas and a lemon, ginger beurre blanc.
The Boatshed also has a well stocked wine cellar, and the experienced staff is able to help any customer choose the perfect vintage for their meal. Being in the centre of Ballarat, the Boatshed has become one of the many popular landmarks in the city. Steve explained that they feel fortunate to be part of a city that has a strong sense of its history.
“The entire city is steeped in history dating back to the gold rush, with the facade of the main street [Sturt Street] still showing a resemblance to its original state from 1854,” he said. “The many heritage buildings coupled with our beautiful gardens, really gives our city its unique character and charm.”
A respite from the city’s personality is provided by the Boatshed, with its informal, peaceful character, it is a perfect place to relax, enjoy fantastic food and wine over the city’s most breathtaking feature, Lake Wendouree.