Jamaican Sundays @ The Loading Dock
Yah mon! Dem ’ave jerk chicken inna Docklands
It’s a nice find. Tucked away at the Yarra’s Edge, on the Port Melbourne side of Docklands, is an internationally trained chef spreading his love of food within a cosy, casual and completely attitude-free eatery.
That’s The Loading Dock, and not only is it a welcome surprise, but arrive here on the third Sunday of each month, and you’ll be whisked to Jamaica for a feast befitting Bob Marley, Shaggy or that beach-loving bobsled team.
Jamaican-born chef Milton Reboe has worked in some pretty diverse culinary locales; as a sous chef in Jamaica’s Port Antonia, head chef on a yacht in Tuscany, and later as head chef of neighbourhood Italian and pizzeria (and Food Network fave) Graziella’s in Brooklyn, NY.
Melbournians can experience his culinary diversity and far-flung influences any time of day. The Loading Dock serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday sans attitude and inflated prices. The menu is best described as modern Australian with excellent thin-crust pizzas, burgers from the grill and an abundance of fresh seafood and Jamaican-influenced dishes.
But Milton truly gets his groove on in the kitchen when he retraces his Jamaican roots on the third Sunday of every month with ‘Jamaican Sunday’: a night of Kingston-inspired Caribbean fare, featuring such plates as curried goat, jerk chicken and rice and peas, all for a meager $25.
And while Melbourne weather and water can’t exaclty compete the Negril sands, you can get a step closer with the restaurant’s north-facing, sun-soaked outside tables, plus bobbing boats jostling mere steps away on the marina. The warming weather should help with the effect.
So melt into the large, comfortable couch seating, soak up the sweeping city views, and as you devour that that jerk chicken, imagine yourself lighting a spliff and grooving to some wicked riddims. Possibly.
Where: Riverfront, 70 Lorimer St, Port Melbourne
When: Jamaican Sunday is held every 3rd Sunday of the month, from 5–9pm. The next event is 17 Sep
Price: $25 per person
Bookings: (03) 9681 8289
Loading Dock at Yarra’s Edge
New to Docklands is Loading Dock Bar & Grill. Situated at Yarra\’s Edge it\’s the brain child of brothers-in-law and owners Mike Egan & Milton Reboe, who saw a need for something more than just another eatery.
Loading Dock boasts a warm inviting provincial feel, a place to relax, meet with friends or entertain business associates. Located waterfront at 70 Lorimer Street (66A River Esplanade) with fantastic views bathed in sunshine certainly makes this an appealing spot.
This venue is sure to be a hit not only with the locals but with everyone who ventures to Yarra’s Edge. No stranger to a kitchen, chef, Milton combines over 20 years experience with his international skills from Montego Bay, Jamaica Lucca, Italy and New York, USA to produce an exciting affordable array of tastes. He does not believe in shortcuts fresh is best he says, a lot of restaurants pre cook these days, I prepare and cook every meal from fresh ingredients.
You can taste the difference said Milton.Everything from his hand made pasta and pizzas to his whole snapper with Jamaican ginger jam are simply superb, as Milton said the best thing is for people to just try Loading Dock once they\’ll then surely be back.
Loading Dock, fully licensed is open 6 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner
and boasts a good selection of both local and imported wines.
Bookings can be made by contacting them on 9681 8289
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One of the co-owners here is Jamaican, and on the third Sunday evening of the month they host a West Indian evening. We missed the last one being out of town, but February’s is firmly in the diary.
The wait staff were lovely. Well, I admit one of them was the daughter of the friends with whom we were eating, but the other waiter didn’t know who we were initially, and was most welcoming and accommodating. On paying our bill, one of the owners looked after us, and his civility gave us every reason to give him our custom again.
I have to say the pizzas alone are worth the wander down to this little-known corner of Melbourne city, and I know it is going to become a bit of a regular haunt for us.
So if you’re looking for a new corner of Melbourne with some pretty good food and a laid-back riverside vibe, head down to Loading Dock. It’s worth the detour.