Are we blessed or are we cursed having three hotels on the one corner in Frankston? If nothing else it does give you choice. OK they are still just pubs but there are some differences as a recent meal at both highlighted. Having to drop the car of for a brake service, over two days, gave me the opportunity to take a stroll through Frankston and have a meal at two of the three Hotels. Both Hotels are on the corner of Princess Highway and Daveys street and are just minutes from the beach.
First off was the Grand Hotel which is far more pleasant looking inside than out. The decor is modern and the premises are well kept. There is an outside area but this was closed on the Monday I went for lunch. It was quiet inside, with only a few tables of patrons. The fish of the day was Barramundi which was a good portion and cooked well. The chips were long and perfectly cooked and the salad (which I rarely eat) was crisp and crunchy, nice and fresh.
Staff was pleasant and friendly and the atmosphere, light and airy. Not an expansive selection of beers on tap, pretty dreary actually. There are plenty of beers in the fridge if you feel like something upmarket from the Vic. offerings. The meal was excellent and the ambiance relaxing, save me a seat if you go for a feed.
Daveys, which is diagonally opposite to the Grand, started life as The Frankston Hotel. Where the Grand looks art deco on the outside, Daveys looks modern. Inside though Daveys is quite rundown but I did notice that one of the bars was being renovated. The view at Daveys is the real clincher why you may eat or have a drink here. Sitting up against the window, overlooking the Kananook creek, with views of the bay and a cold beer is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
I had a meal at Daveys and when the food quality is compared to that of the Grand it comes a very poor second. My seafood linguini was doughy, clumped and under cooked thought he squid and prawns were OK. The whole meal sat in bath of almost tasteless soup which was uninspiring to look at and eat. I picked out the prawns and squid and left all the horrid linguini.