A modernist, seaside gem with a Hamptons look to it and uninterrupted ocean views.
There is so much about this chic Swanbourne beach shack to love. The location, obviously, right on the water. The coveted deck, a spot where ladies lunch and, no doubt, Swanbourne magnates mooch. And the overall look of a place that has been gently tweaked in recent times to keep it fresh yet so, so relaxed.
Sommelier Nina Throsby, meanwhile, packs the wine list with variety and elegance, her notes all charm.
You just want to love Shorehouse. And on days when the Mediterranean menu – oysters up front, sorbets to finish – is executed well, it shines. An evergreen carpaccio of beef with anchovies, parmesan and an emulsified “Cipriano dressing” works well enough, and grilled octopus with ’nduja and potato, poached pear and black garlic is a class West Coast sort of starter.
Sure, you may wish for more char on your Scotch fillet, but who can argue with the smarts of offering wood-grilled prawns or cured kingfish by the sea? Sommelier Nina Throsby, meanwhile, packs the wine list with variety and elegance, her notes all charm, the bottles geared for the coastal setting. Service can be green, but on days the place hits its potential, Shorehouse seals the deal like few others.