Tell us about yourself and Pelikan Société.
My background is of Greek/English heritage. This upbringing paved my way for a love of good cultured food and wine. My menus are classically inspired with an innovative and creative design – 80 per cent comfort, 20 per cent surprise! I’ve spent time with Ashley Palmer-Watts at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London and worked in Shannon Bennett’s Kitchen at Vue De Monde. I also spent time at Manchester United FC and the prestigious Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. Pelikan Société is a family-run restaurant. Toula Bradshaw, Michael Greener and I opened the doors in November 2013.
Cute name — how did it come about?
Opening our restaurant in the middle of Pelican Park, it only felt right to embrace the image and name of the pelican. These beautiful birds attract many people to Hastings each year, and we wanted to create the perfect environment on the Hastings foreshore where people could gather to eat and enjoy a coffee.
What makes Pelikan Société so special?
Our amazing staff. We have quality individuals who strive to offer the best customer service, while the talented chefs consistently put up unique plates using local seasonal produce. Oh, and the view of Western Port Bay!
Please describe the ambience.
With a light-filled dining room and 180-degree views of Western Port Bay, Pelikan Société paints a picture of tranquility. Our open kitchen is a hive of activity for all guests to experience.
What’s your favourite local produce to create with?
Local wild and foraged mushrooms in winter! I just love pine mushrooms and I try to create as many dishes as possible during the small seasonal window like local pine mushrooms with truffled polenta and chestnuts and taleggio, or wild rabbit gnocchi with pine mushrooms and pancetta.
We hear you’re the ideal space for functions.
Yes, we are. With a picturesque beachside setting, our venue offers a large indoor and outdoor function area, perfect for someone’s special day. We have function packages that cater for all types and styles of events — corporate events, Christmas parties, birthdays — and we work with the customer to personalise each package to cater to their needs and requests. We also provide outsourced catering upon request.
When are you open and do clients need to book?
Pelikan Société is open seven days a week from 7.30am until 4pm. Customers are recommended to book over weekends and public holidays, but you can walk in at other times.
A: 2 Marine Pde, Hastings
T: 5909 8132