Nordenfine Ice Cream Company Restaurant

Address: 34 Bell Street, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Website: www.nordenfine.com.au/
Phone: +61 3 5261 5211

Review by: Nordenfine Ice Cream Company Restaurant

 We are famous for our wide range of award winning flavours. There are always 32 flavours on offer every day from our 100 plus flavour library and a selection of cones that our eyes won't believe. There are always new flavours in store in store based on seasonal ingredients, special events and fun times like Halloween, so come in and be surprised. You can even take a select range of flavours home in one litre tubs.

In addition to ice cream all our shops serve scoop shakes and milkshakes. Nordenfine in Geelong West also serves fresh fruit juices and smoothies and makes ice cream cakes to order. Nordenfine Anglesea also makes cool smoothies.

Nordenfine is the only maker of their own award winning ice cream in Geelong and on the Surf Coast.

Nordenfine is a family owned and operated Australian business, not a franchise or part of some multinational conglomerate where profit and dividends dictate every ingredient used in their 'ice cream'.

Jashn Indian Celebration Restaurant and Bar

Address: 38 Bell Street, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Website: www.jashn.com.au/#_=_
Phone: +61 352617245

Review by: True Local

 Our family came out from Scotland on holiday and wanted to go to a top Indian restaurant in Melbourne. I told them that our local Indian restaurant was very good they should try it out. We tried eight dishes and loved every one, the Biryani was fantastic and the fresh ingredients and spices used in all their dishes is a delight to the senses.
Scottish people are big lovers of Indian food and that is nearly all they eat apart from Haggis. Well they loved and raved about the food and they said it was the best they have had. The staff showed great customer service and made you feel very welcome.
I would recommend any Indian food lover to come and taste the true Indian food at Jashn in Torquay.

Spent this summer in Torquay, as we usually do, and decided to try out the new Indian restaurant. I'm not a fan of spicy foods, but my husband is, so I 'went along for the ride' so to speak. What I received, however, was the most delicious flavourful food, I have had in ages!! Very well balanced, no over spicing, home recipes, massive selection of meat and vegetarian dishes, excellent service, and fantastic atmosphere! Such a shame we had to leave the next day, we had such a wonderful meal and time, we would have gone back again. Cant wait to go back in April :) Definitely blows every other Indian restaurant we have eaten at, out of the water!! 5 Stars!! Top tip, tell them what you like, and let them recommend dishes for you! you will not be disappointed!

Town and Country Pizza & Pasta Restaurant

Address: Shop 2/9 | Gilbert St, Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Website: www.townandcountrypizza.com.au/torquay/#_=_
Phone: +61 3 5261 6540

Review by: Town and County Pizza & Pasta Restaurant

For over 25 years Town & Country has ensured it maintains its mission to consistently deliver through pizza and pasta, a passionate commitment to excellent customer service, quality product and unrivalled value.

We strive daily on providing back to the local communities we service with a warm and friendly experience that sees people return to our stores 2-3 times a week. Whether it be the convenience of not having to cook, the large variety, the delivery service or the lively and inviting restaurants, each location has its own identity which allows people nearby to treat it as their own.

Town & Country is the flexible, fun spirited brand that has been able to reinvent itself through a changing market year on year. Innovative products, quality ingredients and a smooth, efficient operation in each location means a professional experience is given with confidence time and time again.

With a passionate corporate team alongside enthusiastic and hard working franchisees Town & Country is now in regional and CBD locations across the country. It is this connection that allows the stores to operate as one large family catering to the people closest to them, their peers, their locals&helip;

With every meal being delivered, plated up or boxed with heart and soul we invite you to Be Part of Our Family...

Sizzling Indian Tandoori Restaurant

Address: 46 Bell Street, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Website: www.sizzlingindiantandoori.com.au/
Phone: (03) 5261 6269

Review by: Sizzling Indian Tandoori Restaurant

 Looking for some Indian dishes to spice up the end of your day? Sizzling Indian Tandoori Restaurant offers Indian food that fancies your taste buds. We are located at 46 Bell Street, Torquay VIC, and we offer both takeaway and delivery services for all days of the week. We offer our wide range of Indian specialties as well as meal deals and kids' menu. We recommend our restaurant's favourites that include the Tikka Briyani, Gosht Kathmandu, Nargasi Kofta and Chicken Shahjahani, which are tender pieces of chicken breast marinated in white wine and cooked in special sultana and cashew nuts sauce, then garnished with dry fruits.

Real Thai Cafe Restaurant

Address: 12-14 Pearl St, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Website: realthaicafe.com.au/#_=_
Phone: 03 5261 7111

Review by: Urban Spoon

Dont hesitate to go there. ... Definitely authentic Thai flavours in all our meals. From the spring rolls, Thai fish cakes and satay chicken. Main meals were Pad Thai - small flat noodles with beef, tofu, bean sprouts and peanuts (optional). These had great wok/ stir fried flavours and very traditional tastes - now I know why it's their best seller. The Pad satay was one of the best we've tasted. Beautiful mild satay sauce but a really tasty peanut sauce. A definite must try! Another extremely tasty dish was the Kao Pad- again a tradional tasting 'special fried rice'. My fussy eater, enjoyed the Gai Yang - Thai bbq chicken breast cut into strips. Lightly cooked in a mild spice. Seriously a great authentic experience that we will definitely come back to. With our bellies FULL...

Best Thai in Torquay, quick friendly service. Amazing tasting food. Had the prawn pad Thai and there were so many big prawns in there. They managed to serve takeout and dine in efficiently. Will def come back!!

AMAZING! Stopped in at Torquay after doing the Great Ocean Road and after reading some Urbanspoon reviews this seemed like the place to go. Possibly the best pad thai and similar noodle dishes I've eaten and I've been to Thailand. Really well priced. Cant recommend enough!

Spudy Restaurant

Address: 8 Pearl Street, Torquay VIC 3228, Australia
Website: www.spudy.com.au/
Phone: +61 3 5261 9895

Review by: Spudy Restaurant

Are you looking for healthy and affordable food options in Torquay? Founders, Deb and Nick created a vision to make this happen and drawing on their years of experience working in the food industry they established 'SPUDY' in 2009.

Spudy offers a huge range of spuds, salads and seetpotatoes with many different food combinations. The menu is gluten free and offers dietary options for celiacs, vegetarians and vegan.

You have the flexibility to choose your own toppings from the wide selection of freshly prepared ingredients or order one of Spudy's menu items. Either way you'll love Spudy's relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and dedication to serving the freshest, tastiest food.

Cafe Moby Restaurant

Address: 41 The Esplanade, Torquay VIC 3228, Australia
Website: www.cafemoby.com/
Phone: 03 5261 2339

Review by: Good Food

Ramshackle and welcoming, Cafe Moby has room for everyone. Choose from the sun-drenched courtyard in front, a maze of rooms inside, or the huge rear space with a children's playground, sandpit and primary-coloured picnic tables. Tiger toast (Vegemite and cheese) or toad-in-the-hole (toast with bacon and a fried egg) will keep the kids well fed, while the grown-ups choose from filling fare such as honey-roasted lamb souvlaki with garlic yoghurt; the day's curry (perhaps a rich, nutty lamb korma); or chicken BLT with lemon mayo. It's all very laidback, so order a drink and go with the flow.

Sticks and Stones Restaurant

Address: 61 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay VIC 3228, Australia
Phone: +61 3 5264 7722

Review by: Good Food

Swell: 2ft; wind: SW; tide: 2.45pm/8.41pm; Temp: 16C. Surf conditions: crap. The front beach is deserted, a lone paddle-boarder aimlessly poking about on the flat expanse of Zeally Bay, while around at the surf beach a dozen wetsuiters bob disconsolately on the swell, waiting for a wave that never comes. Gulls skirt the lowering clouds, and the best thing to do is pull a hoodie over your head and go for a sandy meander ...

You will have had grey days like this in your Melbourne summer holiday, days when the beach is better for thoughtful walks than sunburnt frolics. And when you've exhausted the possibilities of beach strolls and the holiday house bookshelf (all that Elizabeth Gilbert and old Peter Carey and recent Ian McEwan), someone will pipe up: "How about a coffee?"

If you happen to be in Torquay or surrounds, the destination might be somewhere hidden in the strip-mall ugliness of the Surf Coast Highway (who hasn't stopped off there to pick up a couple of kid-size wetsuits on the way to Wye River, or replace a pair of Havaianas, pink, size 32, broken?).

Tucked down a walkway between Rip Curl headquarters and Billabong central is Sticks and Stones, a sea change project for owner (and accredited barista comp judge) Nick Michaelides that has stuck.

The menu here is just the kind of bruncher people love in town. There's avocado smash with Meredith goat's cheese on local Zeally Bay sourdough, red rice pudding with mango curd and passionfruit yoghurt, and cauliflower and sweet corn fritters with a fried egg and tangy tomato relish.

Ricotta hotcakes is a plate-size singularity, sectioned like a pizza and, like a pizza, scattered with various toppings – slices of fresh strawberry, crushed pistachio, fragments of praline; various blue and violet flowers add colour contrast. The hotcake is light and fluffy, with a pool of vanilla cream in the middle, and the blueberries are kind of sauteed into the bottom of it. It's a tasty breakfast that would go down well after an early surf.

If the weather is really bad, you can roll right into lunch. Beef cheeks braised in red wine and served on pita bread with roasted tomatoes and caramelised onions is a riff on the souvlaki, while spicy pork ribs served on coconut rice with citrus slaw looks to south-east Asia for inspiration.

The soft-shell crab burger comes out looking quite like a crustacean, with two big "claws" of deep fried crab meat poking out of a crabby-shaped brioche bun. It's served on a board with chunky sweet potato chips; the combination of a little too sweet and plenty deep fried might be too much for some, but for the hungry it's one of those burgers that leave you in need of a good hosing down: fall-apart drippy with garlic aioli and apple slaw. There is a knife and fork, but they will probably make matters worse.

Coffee is from Axil in Hawthorn and is as good as you'd expect from one of Melbourne's top specialty roasters, with an Ethiopia Sidamo Guji showing nice blueberry and chocolate flavours. Then came an El Salvador Siberia Chemex cold brew, served on a tasting board with a hot cup and a cold beaker: in the cup it was all rum and raisin, while in the cold beaker the flavours tended more to the savoury vegetal.

It was a bit of a taste experiment that doesn't seem to be on the menu. But if you find yourself here on one of those long grey days, you can always ask.

Bomboras Cafe Bar & Pizzeria Restaurant

Address: 110 Surf Coast Hwy | Shop 2, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Phone: 03 5264 7881

Review by: Urban Spoon

After being recommend this place by a local over summer, we were very impressed and thankful! Despite not having an ocean view ( unlike their beach cafe) everyting else made up for it. We hadn't booked and despite being flat out, the friendly and professional staff made room for us.

We shared the mussels, the gourmet pizza and the pulled lamb salad. Missels were very good and a great portion. The pizza had chorizo, porterhouse and panchetta and the right amount if spice for my husband. The lamb salad seemed to be the meal of choice for the warm summers night and it was delicious!

The staff were still attentiive despite being so busy and after a couple of drinks each, we were surprised at how resonable the price was!! Well done and thanks, I'll be passing it on.

Squires Loft Restaurant

Address: Bell Street Shop 6/15, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Website: www.squiresloft.com.au/#_=_
Phone: 3 5261 4304

Review by: Squires Loft Restaurant

 The success of the Squires Loft formula and demand for Squires Loft branded products led to substantial interest from staff, customers and business owners who wanted to duplicate the business. This has resulted in 15 steakhouse restaurants operating around Australia.

These steakhouses are located around Melbourne, Country Victoria, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Western Australia. Further steakhouses are in the pipeline and there is significant interest, which we believe should lead to more Squires Loft steakhouses opening.

As a result of this demand and significant recognition of the Squires Loft name, Squires Loft FRANCHISE Pty Ltd has been formed to enable the expansion of the brand.

Ride Stylz Restaurant

Address: Shop 2/34A Bell Street, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Website: http://www.ridestylz.com.au/#_=_ 
Phone: 3 52 648 557

Review by: Ride Stylz Restaurant

When you're heading down to the Great Ocean Road in Victoria next why not swing by and check out our funky boutique Skate-shop on Bell Street in Torquay, Home to the famous Bells Beach.

Not only do we sell skateboards, hardware and street fashion but also organic coffee and beer, Thats right the best of all worlds combined in one place and why not. Ridestylz is about embracing alternative culture, living life to the fullest, skateboarding, surf-culture, art, the love of coffee plus cold beer all mixed in together to create that social Australian beach lifestyle we all love living.

Waking up and starting your day with an amazing organic coffee, then charging either on the concrete or the waves and when the afternoon comes round catching up with friends over a frothy as the sun goes down. We have a great social lounge area over looking the street or out door seating area in the sunshine. So swing by and say hi next time your in Torquay.
Peace out ridestylz crew

Fisho's Torquay Restaurant

Address: 36 the Esplanade, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Website: www.facebook.com/fishostorquay#_=_

Review by: Google Reviews

Healthy style fish and chips made with locally sourced seafood & fresh produce. We are a licensed venue pouring local wine, beer and cider! Dine in the 1930's beach house and admire the view or take away and enjoy at the beach.

The Pond Cafe

Address: 39 The Esplanade, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Pond-Cafe/1430689207146883#_=_ 
Phone: 61-3-0000-0000

Review by: The Weekly Review

 As the bright pink of daybreak begins to illuminate the horizon and toss a shimmering gloss across the sea off Torquay's front beach, barista Tom Sereika is nowhere to be seen at his picture windows that frame this glorious light show.

Perhaps he's used to it. Nature's pyrotechnics might vary but, let's face it, they happen like clockwork every morning.

Instead, Sereika, a self-confessed disciple of logistics, has his head down behind his coffee shop counter – calibrating, adjusting, tweaking and tasting.

The La Marzocco Linea espresso machine pushes thin streams of coffee into tasting cups, the dose weight, shot length time, yield and temperature are all fastidiously calibrated to set the coffee-making parameters for the day.

Later, adjustments are made to grind and dose weight to retain the flavour consistency of each shot.

By this time, the whole eastern sky is aglow, orange now silhouetting the shoreline pines, tradies' trucks occupying the parking spaces outside and the queue beginning to form at the counter.

This is the first wave of customers. The fitness team and early risers follow and mums call in after the school drop-off.

"Coffee is unique. Try to think of anything else that is brewed on-site directly in front of the customer," Sereika says. "There are so many variables involved in making the perfect cup.

"The job of the barista is to get consistency in every cup you create."

Sereika describes himself and his La Marzocco as workhorses. Together, they seem to function as one. "I love logistics, bringing this whole process together, where I can put my hands on all of this equipment and move from A to B. We can operate extremely smoothly on this machine and do hundreds of coffees in a day."

Of course, he had the best mentors – Mark Dundon and Bridget Amor, the duo behind Melbourne's leading café and roasting business Seven Seeds.

"Mark is the guru. He helped me a lot and Bridget enthused me to move on in the industry," says Sereika.

"I started in Byron Bay as a waiter. I pulled a few coffees. I then went overseas for an extended holiday."

The former carpenter says that when he returned he decided to ditch the building game and pursue coffee.

"I worked in a Torquay café and was amazed at the variables in making coffee," he explains. "I decided to go to Melbourne and ended up at Seven Seeds. I started on the floor. It took me 18 months to work myself up to the coffee machine.

"I did that by moonlighting at other cafés. What's daunting about Melbourne is the enormous coffee scene and how it's such a serious part of everybody's life.

"The customer, the staff and the boss all have demands. People who thrive in this kind of situation are a strange group to work with but I love that kind of pressure."

Sereika opened Pond last December in partnership with his parents. It's his passion. During our discussion he arranges a house blend macchiato and then a stunning filter coffee before jumping on to the La Marzocco to produce four tastings from a single 30-second extraction to illustrate how coffee flavour, in the hands of a barista, can change so radically.

Naturally, he serves Seven Seeds coffee. The seasonal house blend contains 60 per cent San José Poaquil from Guatemala and 40 per cent Kochere from Ethiopia. They are sourced directly from origin. The blend is exceptionally smooth with subtleties of comforting chocolate and molasses.

His filter coffee is a Karatu from the Gatundu region in Kenya. It's one of the best filters I've tasted. The consistency, when the water settles into a fine glass jug, closely resembles tea.

There's no hint at all of the brewing process in the taste. The black currants, prunes and especially the cola, come through distinctly.

"I'm a powerful advocate of filter," says Sereika. "It has a light and drinkable quality to it. This is where Seven Seeds shines. It showcases just how good the beans are that they are sourcing from overseas."

Sereika remains close to his mentors at Seven Seeds and is in regular contact with their roastery.

"As much as I love coffee, the interaction with my customers makes my day. Of course I run a business but the customer and the enjoyment is the key to me.

"They demand quality at a faster pace. I like being pushed."

Pond offers a small but fresh breakfast and lunch menu.

House Food Recommendations

These our our recommendations for food in Torquay

Dine In

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  2. On The Green $$ (Torquay Bolwing Club)
  3. Torquay Pub $ (Public Bar)

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