Berth 14 Central Pier
Every Sunday for a limited time during Spring & Summer
We were very lucky here at Brunch Addict to get invited to give brunch on a boat a go, compliments of Melbourne Showboat – The Lady Cutler. Located on central pier, Berth 14 in Docklands, The Lady Cutler offers a 2 and 1/2 hour seafood brunch cruise on Sundays throughout Spring and Summer. We won’t go so far as to say it was gorgeous summers day on the day we went to taste their offerings, but the water was calm and the staff was friendly. There were quiet a few people ready to board when we arrived at 11:15am; mostly older people, families and tourists.
The Lady Cutler reigns from Sydney and was built-in Newcastle, NSW. It was officially launched by the NSW major’s wife, Lady Helen Cutler. Sister ships were made in the 70’s and over the course of the years, holes in the hull started to create an issue. In the 2000’s she was purchased and a huge investment was made to refurbish the ship to what she is today.
It’s hard to imagine The Lady Cutler ever suffered under investment. Inside revealed a warm, clean and inviting atmosphere. Light timber chairs against white table-clothed tables and classy Christmas decor lined the interior. As people filled the boat, the atmosphere became more joyous and vibrant.
Upon boarding The Lady Cutler we were prompted to a choice of sparkling or beer to kick off proceedings, which being on a boat, is always a welcoming sign of good things to come. As we made ourselves comfortable and counting the time we had been out on Melbourne’s bay, the setting and window seat view was an unique experience.
The food offerings started with a parade of seafood entrees that included oysters, king prawns and salmon sushi. All entrees were fresh, well prepared and stayed true to the theme of seafood. There were a few other items to get the taste-buds going while we ventured to Williamstown.
With complementary tea and coffee, The Lady Cutler also offered a strong bar on the lower deck. Getting into the spirit of the sea – or just being reminiscent of a booze cruise – we order a few cocktails to toast the weekend.
With the entrees wrapping up and as we exploring the two levels of Lady Cutler as she ventured around Port Melbourne, it was time for the main course. With very limited kitchen space The Lady Cutler offers an approachable and tasty buffet. The menu was a seafood pasta and Sunday steak with a combination of vegetables and salads amongst other seafood fare. The buffet was well catered for all expectations and is suitable for families appeared to target an older generation.
To close off proceedings, as we ferry back into Docklands, was dessert. A selection of eclairs, marble cake and delectable profiteroles were all on offering to satisfy the sweet tooth.
Brunch on the sea isn’t the same as brunching on the land. While the experiences are different, it’s the uniqueness that what makes The Lady Cutler Champagne and Seafood brunch experience special. It’s not everyday that you get the chance to go on a boat to have some drinks, enjoy yummy seafood and take in Melbourne from a sea view.
Final thought: “Taking in Melbourne from an unique angle with a spot of Sunday brunch”