Expect the best from your winery tour

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The Mornington Peninsula is home to an abundance of cool-climate wines, with hundreds of vineyards producing award-winning pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot grigio, pinot gris and shiraz. With so many wineries, finding the pick of the bunch to visit can be a daunting prospect.

That’s where Grape Expectations Australia comes in. As founder Michael Aveson says: “Sure, some wine tours will drive you around a few vineyards, but Grape Expectations Australia believes you deserve so much more.”  

The Grape Expectations Australia experience begins when #EstellaTheLadyBus picks you up from your front doorstep.  Named after a character in Dickens’s Great Expectations, Estella is a luxury 12-seat Mercedes Benz minibus that will drive you to a selection of the Peninsula’s most stunning wineries and drop you home again after a full day of wine-tasting, a leisurely grazing-style lunch, meeting wine-makers and gaining entertaining and informative insights into our winemaking industry.

“This is not just a wine tour,” Michael says. “It’s a relaxed and sophisticated journey into the gloriousness of our region’s wineries — the countryside, the characters and, of course, the wine.” 

Originally from the UK, Michael first visited the Peninsula 15 years ago, fell in love with the region and moved to Australia two years later, joining his Australian family who have lived in the area for more than 50 years.  After working as a DJ in the UK and having a successful career with Mercedes-Benz in Melbourne, he found inspiration for Grape Expectations Australia during a winery tour on holiday, combining all of his passions.

“I thought, ‘That's it, that's a quadruple whammy — wine, driving, people and the Peninsula!’”

So pick a date, get your family, friends, workmates or corporate clients together and book a tour with #EstellaTheLadyBus and Grape Expectations Australia today. Cheers!

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS AUSTRALIA

A: PO Box 12022 Carrum, 3197

T: 0435 050 813

W: grapeexpectationsaustralia.com.au

FB: Grape Expectations Australia

INSTA: grapeexpectationsaustralia

E: [email protected]

Korean fried chicken takes over By Kate Sears

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After adding takeaway and delivery options to Geonbae in March last year, the Korean barbecue kitchen at Kananook Creek Blvd was run off its feet. Enter its new takeaway sister — Choego Chicken in Shannon St Mall, Frankston.

Head chef Yeonju Lee is at the helm of both venues, so you can expect the same tantalising recipes, quality meals and top-notch ingredients that you’ve always enjoyed at Geonbae. Available exclusively to Choego are Korean fried chicken burgers, Bento boxes, salads, and even bubble tea.

Because it’s open from 11am-9pm Sunday to Thursday, and 11am-9.30pm on Friday and Saturday, you can get delivery all day, every day if you’re within the Greater Frankston area. Regular customers pop by to get their fried chicken fix on their lunch break, or pick up dinner to take the famous taste and flavour home.

You can order online, by phone or by downloading the app that’s available from Choego’s website. If you’re dropping by for a quick bite to eat, you can sit outside under the awning in the waiting lounge on bar stools. 

Or swing by Geonbae to socialise with your friends and family and embrace the atmosphere as staff cook your dinner before your eyes on the inbuilt hot plates that are situated on each table. The choice is yours. The Korean fried chicken, however, is a no-brainer. 

CHOEGO CHICKEN
A: Shannon St Mall, Frankston 

W: choegochicken.com.au
FB: choegochickenfrankston
INSTA: choegochickenfrankston

PENINSULA UNCORKED

By Tom Portet 

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T: 0490 145 144

E: [email protected] 

W: rhwinecollective.com.au

Ten Minutes by Tractor has not been without its share of Peninsula story-making over its 20-plus-year history. It all began in 1997 with three separate families owning vineyards in Main Ridge, about 10 minutes’ tractor ride apart. It was catapulted into a force with Martin Spedding’s vision to consolidate each family personality under a single estate name in 2003. Then last year, fire ravaged its eponymous starred restaurant on the estate — its sister bistro, Petit Tracteur, is still open. Their patience in making great wine is something we all must now deal with while they rebuild the restaurant under star chef Adam Sanderson. Here are some highlights of their wines while we wait for that day later this year.

Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2016 $48 

Perfectly matched to bistro French food, this wine has energy and an extreme approachability. It’s got a dark cherry undertone with a hint of jam, so there is ripeness from a warm vintage and yet that reference of fragrance from the hills of the hinterland. They have used more whole bunches this vintage, which means the stalks are in so there is texture — perfect for savoury meats with lashings of salty sides. 

Ten Minutes by Tractor Judd Chardonnay 2016 $68 

The Judd vineyard sits in the heart of Main Ridge, high on the Peninsula hinterland and benefiting from the cool breezes and hilltop fogs that drive the line of the wine. All hand-harvested and 11-month barrel fermentation, it is fresh and layered with nectarine, whipped butter and tight warmth. It’s full-bodied yet modern and a great reference for the future of chardonnay on the Mornington Peninsula.

Ten Minutes by Tractor Coolart Road Pinot Noir $78

From the warmer northern area of the Peninsula, this ‘down the hill’ pinot is darker and brooding. If you’re into shiraz and looking to find a way into pinot noir, this is a great area to explore. Because it’s warmer, the grapes are picked earlier to maintain that acidity line. The team actually picks on a range of days, which adds complexity to already brooding and easy-going flavours.

French market returns to Dromana Estate

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After a very successful event last year, Bonjour Paris will return to Dromana Estate on Sunday, April 28, from 11am-4pm. Set in the estate’s beautiful grounds, Bonjour Paris is a family-friendly, free outdoor event showcasing all things French. 

There will be a range of food and drink stalls selling produce to consume on the day and to take home, as well as lifestyle products and fashion retailers. Additionally, there will be a live band on the day playing French music alongside further entertainment to create a totally traditional experience.

DROMANA ESTATE

A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400 for lunch booking

W: dromanaestate.com.au


Mushrooms in May for Mother’s Day

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Autumn is a wonderful time of year on the Peninsula, and what better way to enjoy this invigorating season than with a stroll through the rustic setting of T’Gallant Vineyards in Main Ridge on a Mushrooms in May tour commencing on Friday, May 3.

T’Gallant foragers will be enlightened on how to identify the different varieties of mushrooms — both palatable and poisonous — that are prevalent on the Peninsula before sitting down to a light lunch that includes grilled polenta and wild mushroom trifolati, and a delicious mushroom soup to warm you after your walk. Head chef Marco Vanuzzo will also be cooking you his smoked scormaza and wild mushroom wood-fired pizza while you experience a private wine-tasting showcasing T’Gallant’s new vintage wine.

Enjoy a fun and informative food and wine experience as you saunter through the T’Gallant vineyard, unearthing the mysteries of the fungi kingdom and hopefully finding the winery’s two favourites, the slippery jack and the pine mushroom.

Tours are available on Friday, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 11am; Saturday, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 11am and 1pm; and Sunday, May 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 11am and 1pm. 

It is the perfect Mother’s Day gift so book early to avoid disappointment. Teenagers aged 13 and over are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian. Call T’Gallant now to make your booking on 5931 1300. 

T'GALLANT WINEMAKERS

A: 1385 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Main Ridge

T: 5931 1300

W: tgallant.com.au

FB: tgallantwines

INSTA: tgallantwines

Flinders foreshore pinots and piers By Liz Rogers

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It’s on again, and this time the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association presents its Peninsula Piers & Pinots event with even more style, flavour and first-class tastings than ever. Held annually since 2002 on the Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend, this Peninsula food and wine-lovers’ celebration showcases the region’s outstanding and flavourful pinots with pizazz. 

Incredibly popular and dedicated to this balanced natural acidity and fine tannin vino, Peninsula Piers & Pinots brings together people from far and wide to taste and converse with like-minded wine appreciators. There’ll be a wonderful range of wines available to taste and enjoy alongside a simply stunning seaside lunch. Food from Georgie Bass Café, which is part of the Flinders Hotel Group, Calamari Brothers, Red Hill Cheese and Harry’s Conchilla — which you’ll find down by the pier — will satisfy your hunger, while handmade icy poles and soft drinks will keep the kids happy. Fabulous coffee from Moto Café delivers the caffeine, while live music adds to the festival vibe.

Peninsula Piers & Pinots is held alongside the Flinders pier in one of the most beautiful parts of the Peninsula. Participating wineries include 100 Years on Stanley, Baillieu Vineyard, Dexter Wines, Dromana Estate, Elgee Park Wines, Handpicked Wines, Kerri Greens, Kyberd Hills, Mantons Creek, Montalto, Moorooduc Estate, Morning Sun Vineyard, Myrtaceae, Nazaaray Estate, Ocean Eight, Paringa Estate, Pt Leo Estate, Quealy Wines, Rahona Valley, Red Hill Estate, Stonier, Tucks, Willow Creek Vineyard, Yabby Lake Vineyard, and Yal Yal Estate.

So if you’re searching for a uniquely Mornington Peninsula event that brings the three breezes delivered via Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and Bass Strait together over wine, food and crisp conversation, then Mornington Peninsula Piers & Pinots on March 10 is for you. Pre-book on the MPVA website or purchase a ticket on the day. Tickets will be available until sold out. At just $40 a person, which includes a complimentary Riedel tasting glass, tasting notes and all wine tastings between noon and 3pm, there’ll be plenty of flavour and fun in the sun. Cheers! 

MORNINGTON PENINSULA VIGNERONS ASSOCIATION – PENINSULA PIERS & PINOTS

A: PO Box 282, Red Hill South

W: mpva.com.au

T: 5989 2377


The gate is open at Baxter Valley Estate By Liz Rogers

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TRE.AND cellar door and kitchen are now open for food and wine tastings with a difference. This family-owned business headed up by Line Thye brings the flavours of fresh Peninsula produce to your tasting table at this hidden gem of a winery where family and friends are welcomed with open arms. 

She explains. “Our produce literally comes from our neighbours; rhubarb from across the road. Our kitchen provides a range of tasting plates with cheeses and terrines or you can sample a couple of main course offerings or a delicious dessert. We are open from Friday to Sunday from 11am until 4pm.” 

The rest of the week you’ll find Line doing what she loves — making wine. Two new rosés and a sauvignon blanc are coming soon. Drop by to explore, experience and enjoy on your way to the beach from town or upon your return. If the gate’s open, you’re welcome. 

TRE.AND AT BAXTER VALLEY ESTATE

A: 165 Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Baxter

M: 0404 837 160

W: treand.com.au

FB: TreAnd.BaxterValleyEstate

INSTA: treandwines


Summer sizzlers at Food Star By Kate Sears

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Food Star is a favourite to satisfy the whole family’s taste buds, and a budget-friendly destination for visitors to the area. A day trip to Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula isn’t complete without a delectable meal to top off a day in the sun. 

At Food Star Frankston, you can choose from seafood, Asian cuisine, exotic curries, carvery, salads and your usual Western favourites. Desserts include Food Star’s famous mango pudding and homemade marshmallows as well as traditional black forest cake, tiramisu, fruit tarts, sundae station and much more. 

All-you-can-eat prices start at $15.50 for adults, $12.40 for seniors, and $7.50 for kids aged three to five. 

FOOD STAR FRANKSTON

A: 315-321 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 9770 0122
W: foodstar.com.au/base/frankston
FB: foodstar.frankston


BEST COCKTAILS TO TRY THIS SUMMER!

Assaggini

Small tastings, huge choice

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‘Assaggini’ might be Italian for ‘small tastings’, but there’s nothing small about its atmosphere, menu or cocktail list. This effervescent, up-market restaurant and wine bar just off Main St is loved by wine connoisseurs with discerning palettes, and its bar has a rotating range of local and exotic tipples bolstered by a variety of inventive cocktails. You can even book a cocktail party for family, friends or workmates — and with Christmas fast approaching, what better venue for your end-of-year break-up?

In true ‘tapas’ tradition, the food at Assaggini is designed for sharing, and if you’re a vegan there’s a great choice of vegan antipasto, pizzas and delectable desserts. So gather those closest to you and settle in for an epicurean experience to remember — and keep those cocktails coming.

ASSAGGINI

A: 1C Albert St, Mornington

T: 5973 5791

W: assaggini.com.au

FB: Assaggini

INSTA: assaggini_


Bar Noir

Fall under a black magic spell

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Bar Noir is well known for its original and creative cocktail offerings. It’s always evolving and playing, brainstorming with its chefs and attempting to incorporate new ingredients or flavours into its drinks.

The Martini Noir is one such example — a creamy, sweet and slightly spicy concoction of Vantage, ginger liquor, egg white and Australian native bush pepper syrup. When first poured it has a muddy grey hue and appears for all the world like something that should not be drunk, but as it settles in the glass like a Guinness it slowly gets darker and darker to finish jet-black with a fluffy crisp white foam on top. 

There’s a bit of magic on the palate too. With background spice, sweetness and the quintessentially Australian flavour notes of the Vantage liquor, it has many layers — a classy sophisticated drink.  

BAR NOIR

A: 37 Main St, Mornington

T: 5973 4047

FB: BarNoirBarNoir

INSTA: bar_noir_


Bass & Flinders Distillery 

Puttin’ on the spritz

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What better way to get your festive season off and humming than with a Cerise Christmas Spritz from Bass & Flinders Distillery. Simply add 30ml of Bass & Flinders Pink Cerise Gin — available from the Bass & Flinders website or at the cellar door — and 60ml of Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water to a champagne saucer, top up with prosecco and garnish with rose petals and fresh raspberries. Christmas in a glass!

Bass & Flinders is an artisanal distillery producing grape-based spirit and whose range includes award-winning gins, eau de vie, limoncello, vodka and its five-year aged spirit, Ochre. Visit the cellar door over summer or book in for a gin masterclass — but please note the distillery is moving mid-December so keep an eye on the website for address details. 

BASS AND FLINDERS DISTILLERY

T: 5989 3154 (cellar door)

E: [email protected]

W: bassandflindersdistillery.com


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Brass Razu

Awaken your inner beast

Absinthe, colloquially termed “the green fairy”, rose to popularity in the late 19th century, especially among Parisian artists and writers. Although portrayed as an addictive psychoactive drug and hallucinogen, the effects of this anise-flavoured spirit have been grossly exaggerated — it’s no more dangerous than other spirits. 

The Green Beast is a refreshing nod to its troubled and dramatic past. Absinthe, cucumber, lime and sugar combine to create a delicious libation. Be prepared to awaken the beast of your tastebuds after sipping this green cocktail.

Brass Razu is a dedicated cocktail and wine bar and is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon until late. 

BRASS RAZU WINE BAR

A: 13 Main St, Mornington

T: 5975 0108

E: [email protected]

FB: brass.razu

INSTA: brassrazu


Casa de Playa  

All aboard the Casa Espress’O

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If grazing on some Spanish-inspired tapas, sipping cocktails and generally having a good time are high on your agenda, then you should definitely drop into Casa de Playa this summer.

The Casa Espress’O is Casa’s signature espresso martini — a smooth and sumptuous mixture of Salted Karamel vodka, Kahlua and vanilla syrup, finished off with a hit of Little Rebel espresso. 

Plenty frothy and gorgeously moreish thanks to its decadent crunchy honeycomb crumble topping, we’re pretty sure Casa de Playa’s take on this classic will leave you wanting more — it truly is a bittersweet obsession.

We suggest you assemble the crew, book a table for lunch or dinner and drink a Casa Espress’O between each course. Why? Because you can!

See you there. 

CASA DE PLAYA 

A: 39 Main St, Mornington

T: 5976 1276

W: casadeplaya.com.au

FB: Casadeplayamornington

INSTA: casadeplayamornington


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Two Buoys Tapas & Wine Bar

Another day in paradise

Meet Phil Collins — the better looking, more talented cousin of Tom! A sweet mix of vodka, green chartreuse, cranberry, lime, and muddled cucumber, this cocktail represents summer on the Peninsula — fresh, breezy, and easy-goin’. 

TWO BUOYS RESTAURANT

A: 209 Pt Nepean Rd, Dromana

T: 5981 8488

W: twobuoys.com.au

FB: twobuoys

INSTA: two_buoys


Festive fare at Dromana Estate

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Dromana Estate’s restaurant and cellar door are open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm for all your Christmas work or social gatherings. Dromana Estate’s staff are experts at catering for large groups seeking a leisurely grazing lunch or an intimate winery tasting experience for two or up to 50 swillers. 

However, you’re advised to get in quickly because bookings are filling up fast. The restaurant will be closed on December 26 but will be open again from December 27-30, then it’s back to normal opening hours. 

Saturday, December 8, will find the estate hosting its second Creators Market of the season, just in time for you to pick up that special Christmas pressie. With more than 70 stalls, live music and food trucks, this is sure to be a great day. Stalls are open at 10am and free parking is available. The restaurant will be open with a limited takeaway menu, and the full menu will be on offer for booked/reserved tables only.

DROMANA ESTATE

A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400 

W: dromanaestate.com.au


Premium wines rise to the challenge

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Dromana Estate is delighted to announce its Tuerong Park premium range of Black Label wines is now available at the winery. The wines have been created to showcase the iconic varietals grown in Dromana Estate’s home vineyard, and while the 2017 vintage had its share of challenges with intermittent heavy rain, these wines show freshness with the distinctive regional qualities.

These are single vineyard wines made from selected sections of the vineyard that winemaker Peter Bauer has paid personal attention to. Come and taste the new Tuerong Park Black Label Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and stay for the delicious new food menu.

Dromana Estate is coming into a busy period. After a successful 2017 summer season, The Creators Market is heading to Dromana Estate on October 13 to provide a market that champions more than 80 Australian small business makers and creators as they show off their wonderful wares. It runs from 10am-3pm, entry is free and there will be food trucks, wine and tastings, live music and family entertainment.

Dromana Estate will also be at the Main Street Mornington Festival on Sunday, October 21.

DROMANA ESTATE

A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400 for lunch booking

W: dromanaestate.com.au

Jump on the Brew Bus By Liz Rogers

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Summer’s almost here, and if you’re planning to spend it visiting some of the Peninsula’s best brew spots then this is for you. Operated by Peninsula people for locals and their mates, Brewery Bus Tours provides a brilliant alternative to sipping vino and staying home slouching on the couch. A brew bus will pick you up, set you down at some of the Peninsula’s finest breweries for an amber ale or three and get you home safe and sound with no questions asked.  

The Peninsula has been traditionally known as wine touring country. Brewery Bus Tours is determined to make it premium beer-tasting terrain too. There’s lots of quality product on offer for beer-lovers, so why not take full advantage of a service that prides itself on delivering an authentic experience whether in a minimum group of six or with a buddy on the only public brewery tour on the Peninsula. Jump on board for plenty of dazzling brew sampling, first-class food and chuckles while making new mates.

Owner/operator Mitch Lacey, from Mornington, explains. “I’ve been involved with lots of breweries in the region and thought why not have a bus that gets punters to see what’s on offer. We do Mornington Peninsula and Bayside suburb tours throughout the week and weekends. You get to visit the best producers of beer around and chow down on great food while staying safe. Our motto is ‘drink, don’t drive’.”

Ideal for corporate events, Brewery Bus Tours provides packages to suit everyone, including visits to wineries, distilleries and cider houses. You can swing a golf club too if you’re game.

Absolute b(r)ewdy!

BREWERY BUS TOURS

M: 0421 308 296

W: brewerybustours.com.au

E: [email protected]

FB: thebrewbusmp

INSTA: thebrewbus


Mr Banks joins the ranks at BeerFest

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BeerFest is Australia's longest running beer festival, and it’s returning to Melbourne in November with a Mornington Peninsula brewery on board to help celebrate its 10th year. Seaford’s Mr Banks Brewing Co will showcase its small-batch, hop-forward beers, joining more than 300 craft beers and more than 200 producers exhibiting everything from delicious eats to wines, ciders, cocktails and unique beer collaborations.

BeerFest offers something for everyone. Beer enthusiasts will be able to expand their knowledge from the very best in the industry with masterclasses and live demonstrations as well as plenty of tastings. The event is not just a craft beer expo; it celebrates all the good things in life that are better with beer: mates, music, comedy, food and family. 

Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson will be performing live, as will Daft Punk tribute DJs Discovery, and there will also be a live comedy tent for plenty of laughs.  

BeerFest is the ultimate outdoor summer festival experience, the perfect day out to spend with mates or the family, for the beer-curious and the beer-converted alike. It’s at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday, November 24. Tickets are available at melbourne.beerfestivals.com.au and range from $15-$40 depending on the festival package experience.


Where seniors are the stars By Kate Sears

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With a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, amazing customer service and 18 years’ experience, it’s no wonder Food Star is the destination for our seniors. 

Food Star is amazingly affordable, and you simply can’t go past its mouth-watering fresh seafood, Asian cuisine, carvery, salads and quality Western favourites. For dessert, indulge in black forest cake, tiramisu, fruit tarts, and much more. 

Lunch is served from 11.30am to 3pm for seniors to enjoy for only $11.90 Mondays to Fridays, or $12.90 on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner is available from 5.30-9.30pm, and from Monday to Thursday seniors can enjoy a delicious dinner for $16.50, or for just $21.90 from Friday to Sunday. 

FOOD STAR FRANKSTON

A: 315-321 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 9770 0122
W: foodstar.com.au/base/frankston
FB: foodstar.frankston

EATERIES FEATURE JULY 2018 // MORNINGTON GOLF CLUB

The Bayview Restaurant at Mornington Golf Club

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a golfing fanatic or you’ve never held a club — everyone is welcome at The Bayview Restaurant at Mornington Golf Club.

The Bayview Restaurant is a very popular destination for diners, and it’s not hard to see why. Overlooking the 18th green with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay, the restaurant’s setting is simply spectacular and its cuisine is second to none. The new winter menu is now available with a wide and varied selection of delicious meals, including a seniors’ and a children’s menu. You’ll also be able to enjoy special benefits with The Bayview Restaurant Diner Loyalty Rewards Card — the more you dine, the more you receive!

The Bayview Restaurant is open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm-2.30pm and for dinner Thursday to Saturday from 5.30pm-8pm. To make a reservation, please call 5975 2784 or email [email protected]

 

THE BAYVIEW RESTAURANT

A: Mornington Golf Club, Tallis Drive, Mornington

T: 5975 2784

W: morningtongolf.com.au

 

EATERIES FEATURE JULY 2018 // EENY MEENY

Eeny Meeny not so teeny

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Eeny Meeny has become an institution for groove-inspired food-loving folk after almost six years of dishing up delectable delights in Frankston. Trailblazing the way for the area’s thriving hospitality scene, this not-so-teeny deliverer of flavour-busting sensations is renowned for offering consistently great coffee and creative meals that punters love.

Unmatched experience and exceptional customer service are what’s instore in this gem of an eatery where friends are made over great food and coffee to get down to. Fresh weekly and creative specials by chef Robbie Wright are a feature and a favourite with both locals and visitors, and the secluded courtyard is among the prettiest on the Peninsula. Why not take your time over an Eeny Meeny weekend brunch or indulge in an afternoon caffeine hit with a sweet treat on the side?

Open seven days from 8am until 3pm, Eeny Meeny is fully licensed and serves an all-day menu too. Find it on Facebook @eenymeenycafe and on Instagram @eeny_meeny.

 

EENY MEENY

A: 96 Young St, Frankston

T: 8774 4236

EATERIES FEATURE JULY 2018 // CIAO BELLA

Make yourself at home at Ciao Bella

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A cosy and intimate cottage with an inviting outdoor deck and surrounded by a beautiful kitchen garden — you couldn’t wish for a more delightful setting in which to experience the comforting warmth of traditional Italian cuisine than Ciao Bella in Balnarring.

Italians see food as much more than just nourishment — it is life. So much of Italian life revolves around the dinner table; food brings people together; food and family are intimately linked.

Ciao Bella’s focus is on using produce grown in its own garden and across the Peninsula to create simple, traditional Italian food with a touch of innovation. Its menu of blackboard specials changes daily and incorporates a wealth of Sicilian influences.

Last April Ciao Bella celebrated its 10th anniversary, during which time it has been rewarded with many happy, loyal customers as well as several culinary awards that it says are all due to its amazing customers, highly skilled staff and dedicated suppliers of high-quality produce.

For an authentic Italian dining experience to warm the heart and soothe the soul, say “ciao” to Ciao Bella.

 

CIAO BELLA

A: 2998 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring

T: 5931 3098

W: ciaobellapizza.com.au

 

EATERIES FEATURE JULY 2018 // BARN & CO

Barn & Co. a unique experience

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Enjoy sophisticated rustic dining at its best in Balnarring at the brilliant Barn & Co. As the name suggests, you’ll be transported to a wonderful wood-lined space where fresh flavours, high ceilings and coast-to-country ambience combine to produce a truly unique Mornington Peninsula experience.

Presented by previous Salix restaurateur Rachael McCarthy, who has hosted more than 400 weddings, the Barn Winter menu includes delicious stone oven pizza that satisfies. Smaller plates include pumpkin sopapillas donuts and pan-fried squid, while larger plates full of winter goodness include slow-cooked Victorian lamb and handmade pan-fried gnocchi.

Barn & Co. has just celebrated its third birthday and started Sunday breakfast from July 1.  Chef Ashlyn Shaw-Watkins knows his flavours and how they translate into perfectly balanced gastronomy. Warm sticky date pudding and a black forest bomb wrap up his innovative winter menu. Peninsula, French and Spanish wines are available by the glass. Tap beer, cider and spirits are available too.

BARN & CO.
A: 238 Myers Rd, Balnarring
T: 5989 7640
W: barnandco.com.au
FB: Barn and co.
INSTA: barnandco1

 

Restaurant with star quality By Kate Sears

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With a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, amazing customer service and 18 years’ experience, Food Star truly deserves a gold star.

Mouth-watering seafood, Asian cuisine, carvery, salads and all of your usual quality Western favourites are all together at Food Star. No matter how hungry you may be, Food Star promises that its scrumptious all-you-can-eat buffet satisfies any appetite. For dessert, you can indulge in such delectable delights as black forest cake, tiramisu, fruit tarts, sundae station and much more.

Lunch is served from 11.30am to 3pm, and dinner is on 5.30pm until 9.30pm. Prices start from $6.90 for children, lunch $14.90 for adults and $11.90 seniors, dinner $20.90 per adult from Monday to Thursday and $21.90 from Friday to Sunday.

 

FOOD STAR FRANKSTON

A: 315-321 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9770 0122

W: foodstar.com.au/base/Frankston

FB: @foodstar.frankston

 

Brilliant new beginnings at The Brooks By Liz Rogers

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Coming off the back of its successful Fabulous? Absolutely! dining experience in late June, The Brooks Restaurant at Brooklands of Mornington has reinvented the culinary wheel yet again with new executive chef Chris Jenkins creating dramatically different dining.

If it’s full-bodied flavour and fresh produce you’re after, then book a table at The Brooks Restaurant now. New Zealand-born chef Chris has worked in kitchens across the globe, including Antico in London, Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay and Shed 5 in New Zealand and was head chef at The Baths in Sorrento from 2016 until 2017, so you know the food’s going to be great.

His entrees pack a flavour punch — think braised brisket wontons or crispy skin pork belly and winter-warming soups of the day, while roasted chicken breast and black rice and handmade potato gnocchi with confit garlic for mains deliver a terrific taste sensation. Smooth as silk sticky date pudding, indulgent dark chocolate and olive mousse and white chocolate panna cotta satisfy the most discerning dessert connoisseur.

The Brooks Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. The private dining room is perfect for special occasions and intimate dinners for groups of up to 10. 

Cosy up and experience flavourful food by the fireside this winter at The Brooks Restaurant. Parking is easy too.

Enjoy.

 

THE BROOKS RESTAURANT @ BROOKLANDS OF MORNINGTON

A: 99 Tanti Ave, Mornington

T: 5973 9200

W: brooklandsofmornington.com.au

 

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