It’s a typical Friday night in Brighton-Le-Sands; the setting sun glows pink and orange; the ocean breeze wafts its refreshing, briny aroma, and the restaurant lined streets, crammed full with people, hum with a frenetic buzz.
The extensive menu is sure to please even the fussiest eaters.
Eurobay, along Brighton’s main drag, the Grand Parade, is one such place. With tables lining the streets and giant bi-fold doors open to take full advantage of the stunning view across the street, Eurobay has a great vibe and great food to boot.
Eurobay's Eurowall - pick a table close by and marvel at this homage to Europe.
Being just across the street from the beach, there is a relaxed, unpretentious disposition at Eurobay. The décor is simple, comprising of an earthy colour palette of browns, reds and yellows along with warm, muted lighting and simple furnishings. While the restaurant is, for the most part, rather understated and generic; Eurobay does boast one, very large, distinguishing feature - a collection of train tickets, city maps, bar coasters, gelataria napkins and foreign currencies all lovingly compiled into hundreds of picture frames and intricately pieced together, like a giant jigsaw puzzle, to create a very unique and eternally fascinating work of art highlighting Europe, which sprawls across the restaurants main wall.
The extensive menu at Eurobay definitely reinforces the European notion with meals ranging from French bistro style to Greek taverna, Spanish tapas and traditional Italian favourites; and does a great job of marrying these well known European dishes with fresh, Australian produce.
Bread, gooey cheese and a sprinkle of herbs, simple perfection.
Starters at Eurobay are designed to be shared, so order a few and tuck in. The lightly grilled wedges of haloumi cheese ($12) drizzled with golden olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon are amazing, and the gooey mozzarella cheese and garlic herbed pizza crusts ($12) prove that food doesn’t need to be complicated to be delicious.
With a selection of a dozen or so small sharing dishes; a light, tapas style meal with a few drinks could be one way to dine, but, if you’re after something a little more substantial to fill the void; the Mediterranean menu at Eurobay offers a huge selection of Italian pizzas, pastas and risottos, Greek salads, souvlaki and French style steaks served with decadent, buttery sauces.
The oozy seafood risotto
The seafood risotto ($28) is a mountain of gooey rice cooked in an exotic saffron infused sauce and packed full of fresh prawns, calamari, mussels and octopus. While the seafood is fresh and sweet, the delicate risotto sauce is overwhelmed by salt.
The massive BBQ seafood plate. Unless you have a serious appetite, consider sharing this one.
If you’re a fan of seafood, the BBQ seafood plate ($49) is the way to go. Perfectly showcasing the best of fresh Australian produce, this generous serving of sweet king prawns, briny mussels, golden calamari, octopus and tender fish fillets all lightly grilled and served with a heap of herbed Euro chips and tartare sauce is a definite winner.
The ultimate chicken schnitzel - covered in spicy salsa and gooey bocconcini.
If fishy fare doesn’t appeal, there is also a huge selection of steaks, grilled meats and juicy chicken dishes to choose from. The schnitzel grande ($28); a herbed, polenta crumbed chicken breast, fried till succulent and golden is topped with a vibrant tomato salsa and oozy bocconcini cheese, and is served with potato mash. For fans of schnitzel, this is pretty much the ultimate.
Nutella waffles; light and fluffy, smothered in decadent chocolate, sweet strawberries and ice-cream.
If you’ve still got room, ask for the small, yet perfectly formed dessert menu, which includes tiramisu, waffles, cheesecakes, crème brûlée and the mysteriously named chocolate indulgence. The waffles ($13) are light and fluffy, smothered in decadent nutella, and served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream; and the crème brûlée ($13) is rich and silky, boasting that perfect caramelised sugar crust.
Silky vanilla crème brûlée with the perfect caramelised crust
While the streets of Brighton-Le-Sands are lined with cafés and restaurants; the relaxed atmosphere, fast, friendly service and extensive menu, that is sure to please even the fussiest eaters makes Eurobay a great place to catch up with friends over good food, and a few cool drinks on a balmy evening.
Where: 86 The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands NSW.
Why: Relaxed beach-side atmosphere and tasty Mediterranean inspired meals.
Cost: Breakfast from $4.50 - $19. Starters from $6 - $16, mains from $16 - $49 and desserts all $13.
When: Open everyday 8.30am till midnight.
Good for kids: Yes, there is also a kids menu available.
Take away: No.