Sebastian: The ‘best of Basque’ from Spanish shore to Williamstown water

Restaurateur Dave Parker and local resident Alex Brawn have launched their new venture Sebastian at Williamstown Beach.

Sebastian has officially opened its doors on the shores of Williamstown Beach, occupying the recently renovated landmark heritage hospitality building that was formally known to many as Sirens restaurant and more recently Shelly’s Beach Pavilion.

Set on one of Melbourne’s best bay and sunset sceneries, Sebastian is certain to attract local and destination diners alike for what leading restaurateur ​Dave Parker and childhood friend ​Alex Brawn promise is ‘the best of the Basque region’ in Melbourne’s West.

Mr Brawn said that Head Chef ​Leigh Robbins is well equipped and set to employ the bespoke charcoal grill and cold smoker, as well as cure meat in-house, to produce bold flavours for which the Basque region is known.

Hamptons-style design and decor elements provide the perfect setting for the Spanish inspired beachside restaurant.

“Inspired by our favourite venues and dishes in San Sebastian, at Sebastian we are using local produce and simple ideas to bring our memories and dreams of charring, smoking and preserving to life,” he said.

Sebastian offers all-day dining and take-away options influenced by its namesake Spanish beachside town, with the drinks list showing classic Spanish tipples alongside local and international pours, sherry, wines, vermouths, and cocktails including ​Sangria.

Guests are invited to unwind on the sunlit, beachside deck, settle in to a booth in the casual dining room, or toast to life’s special moments in the beautiful events space which has been reimagined by leading Melbourne design firm ​Ewert Leaf.

Sebastian is situated inside the heritage hospitality building formally occupied by Sirens and Shelly’s Beach Pavilion.

The heritage Art-Deco building accommodates 250 patrons across a relaxed dining room and expansive waterfront decking opening on to the sands of Williamstown Beach, with further capacity in the events space.

Sebastian features a palette of white, blue and oak timber, with natural and textural materials incorporated into the design to achieve an air of casual sophistication and complement the venue’s beachside locale.

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