360Q’s opening night a huge success!

The iconic 360 waterfront restaurant at Queenscliff Marina is set to reinvigorate the harbourside precinct after it reopened with a grand dinner for 166 guests on October 8.

The 360 venue, co-owned by famed local vineyard identity Doug Rathbone of Rathbone Wine Group which includes Mount Langi Ghiran and Yering Station in its stable, has been closed since 2014 but is now under the management of Mornington Peninsula celebrity caterer and restaurateur, Barry Iddles.

Iddles says he will breathe new life into two venues — the Hooked on Fish Cafe Bar and Restaurant downstairs, and the spectacular 360Q function space on the first floor.

Upstairs, the restaurant is renowned for its magnificent views over Queenscliff’s $38 million marina, the city of Melbourne in the distance, Port Phillip Heads and the town of Queenscliff from its enclosed viewing deck which guests access via a spiral staircase.

“This is an incredible opportunity to relaunch a venue that locals and Melburnians alike know and love,” Iddles said. “It’s the perfect spot for residents to come for a casual lunch or breakfast, for tourists off the ferry to stop and relax during their day trip and its magnificent views will mean we’ll soon be the most talked-about function space on the Bellarine coastline.”

Iddles says the viewing deck is licenced, opening up a range of event and function opportunities to guests.

“We think it will make the perfect spot for photos of special occasions, whether it’s a bride and groom, a significant birthday, an engagement party or intimate sunset dining packages,” he said.

Iddles is well known as a celebrity chef and owner of Sorrento Catering, which holds the catering rights for the salubrious Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, 333 in Melbourne, the Tarnuk Room at Australian Gardens in Cranbourne and Elk Restaurant in the Falls Creek alpine village.

During his 40-year career has a chef, Iddles has cooked for Michael Jackson, Harry Connick Jr, Carlos Santana, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson to name a few, toured Australia with the late and great Peter Allen and made Kylie Minogue’s 30th birthday cake.

Iddles’ function and event management credentials are also impressive. He not only catered for Tina Arena’s family lunch on her wedding day as well as her housewarming party, he created events in New York for two celebrity weddings, catered yachting events for royal families in Medemblik, The Netherlands and has cheffed for a host of weddings at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club for members, at private residences in Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie and many more on the Mornington Peninsula.

Having made his mark in the Mornington region, Iddles says he is excited to be branching out across the Bay. “I have always been in love with Queenscliff, the area and the local produce,” he said.

“It’s my mission to make this venue both the best casual dining and function space in the region.”

Hooked on Fish Cafe Bar and Restaurant is now open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday nights while the upstairs functions area is reserved for larger bookings, weddings and events.

The group’s Executive Chef Andrew Sharkey will assist the team set up and oversee the restaurants’ day-to-day operations.

Head Chef Mathew Hallam, who has worked with Iddles at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, the Tarnuk Room at Australian Gardens in Cranbourne and Elk Restaurant at Falls Creek, will take charge of the kitchen, ensuring diners are treated to amazing food, served with impact and individuality.

Diners can expect a menu brimming with signature dishes from Sorrento Catering’s portfolio including coconut crusted tiger prawns with amazing mango chutney infused mayonnaise; Portarlington mussels, white wine, tomato, basil and chilli broth and hot crusty bread; Escalopes of veal with lemon, cream, sherry and toasted almonds; and sticky maple beef short ribs with sauteed chats and broccolini.

Iddles says the restaurant’s location next to the marina offers a unique opportunity to reach boating customers.

“We want to be the one-stop shop for boat owners who leave their pride and joy at the marina, so we will introduce gourmet takeaway lunch packs including freshly baked rolls, cheeses, fresh seafood and house-made condiments.”

Iddles says one of his goals is to establish the venue as a community hub, and plans to host local weekly events with live bands to create a festive harbourside atmosphere.

The venue just hosted its first Sunday session on October 16, with the robust Los Romanticos Mariachi band entertaining guests.

There are also plans for a jazz afternoon, local singer-songwriter Warde Elliott, an evening with Cat Stevens thanks to the talents of Rosebud singer Ron Vincent and a New Year’s Eve five-course dinner and live performance from Melbourne band The Bombastics. Check the full events listings, menu and function package information at www.360q.com.au.

360Q is located at 2 Wharf Street, Queenscliff. Ph: (03) 5257 4200. Email enquiries@360q.com.au.