As Irish as beef stew

By Melissa Walsh  Photos Yanni

Growing up with a grandfather who was a chef, Paul Bautovich spent a lot of time in the kitchen as a kid and couldn’t wait to follow in the patriarch’s footsteps, heading off to do his apprenticeship at 17.

These days, the well-travelled chef has made his home on the peninsula and is thoroughly enjoying getting his teeth stuck into Irish cuisine at the relatively new venue, McDaid’s Irish Pub.

“I have been head chef here since the beginning of December after working at several venues on the peninsula for the last couple of years,” said Paul, who moved here with his family two years ago. 

“I was born in Melbourne and studied French cooking when I left school, then travelled across Australia learning all about different methods and cuisines,” he said.

“My grandfather was always cooking and worked as a chef in World War II in Darwin, which was interesting as I ended up working in Darwin for about a year in my travels,” said Paul, who has fond memories of delicious home-cooked meals as a kid and the fabulous pastry shop they owned in Pascoe Vale. “My grandfather also worked as a chef for Ansett Airlines back in the day so I knew it was a career that could provide plenty of change and travel if I wanted it.”

Paul says learning the basics with French cooking  has enabled him to pick up methods for any cuisine. 

“I have worked in all different types of restaurants and pubs now so creating an Irish menu has been a lot of fun,” said Paul, who focused on the traditional Irish dishes.

“We have Irish stew of course, along with beef and guinness pie, pork and poundies, corned beef and cabbage to name a few.”

At McDaid’s there is also porterhouse steak, chicken parma, or Irish parma, hurley burger and mussels in ale, as well as delicious cheesy potato bake.

“All our ingredients are sourced locally, getting our fresh fruit and vegetables a couple of doors down at D’Alia’s Fresh Produce and our meat from Peninsula Bulk Meat,” said the chef who has been in the industry for 36 years.

“I am loving creating a unique menu here and bringing authentic Irish food to people of the peninsula.”


Irish Stew


  • 1  lamb shoulder chopped into large pieces
  • Mirepoix
  • Fresh thyme (1 bunch)
  • Fresh rosemary (1 bunch)
  • 190ml Guinness
  • 500g butter
  • 1kg plain flour
  • Chats potatoes
  • Peas


  • Marinate lamb and herbs overnight in the Guinness in a tray and cover.
  • Sous vide at 84 degrees for 10 hours
  • Remove liquid and fat
  • Sweat off mirepoix with the butter
  • Add flour and cook out
  • Add the cooking stock slowly
  • Thicken with corn flour to coating consistency and season
  • Add  lamb, bring to boil, remove from heat and place in trays to cool
  • To finish, add six and a half chats and peas into the pan

McDaids Irish Pub is open every day for lunch and dinner.

McDaids Irish pub is at 1003 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud

Phone  5982 3200

First published in Peninsula Essence – March 2019