Summer sizzlers at Food Star By Kate Sears

Photo by Willow Creative

Photo by Willow Creative

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. 


A: 315-321 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 9770 0122
FB: foodstar.frankston



Small tastings, huge choice


‘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.


A: 1C Albert St, Mornington

T: 5973 5791


FB: Assaggini

INSTA: assaggini_

Bar Noir

Fall under a black magic spell


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.  


A: 37 Main St, Mornington

T: 5973 4047

FB: BarNoirBarNoir

INSTA: bar_noir_

Bass & Flinders Distillery 

Puttin’ on the spritz

Cerise 2.jpg

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. 


T: 5989 3154 (cellar door)

E: [email protected]



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. 


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


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. 


A: 39 Main St, Mornington

T: 5976 1276


FB: Casadeplayamornington

INSTA: casadeplayamornington


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’. 


A: 209 Pt Nepean Rd, Dromana

T: 5981 8488


FB: twobuoys

INSTA: two_buoys

Festive fare at Dromana Estate


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.


A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400 


Premium wines rise to the challenge


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.


A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400 for lunch booking


Jump on the Brew Bus By Liz Rogers


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!


M: 0421 308 296


E: [email protected]

FB: thebrewbusmp

INSTA: thebrewbus

Mr Banks joins the ranks at BeerFest

BeerFest Cup_Resized.jpg

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 and range from $15-$40 depending on the festival package experience.

Where seniors are the stars By Kate Sears


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. 


A: 315-321 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 9770 0122
FB: foodstar.frankston


The Bayview Restaurant at Mornington Golf Club

Fillet of Beef.JPG

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]



A: Mornington Golf Club, Tallis Drive, Mornington

T: 5975 2784




Eeny Meeny not so teeny


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.



A: 96 Young St, Frankston

T: 8774 4236


Make yourself at home at Ciao Bella


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.



A: 2998 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring

T: 5931 3098




Barn & Co. a unique experience


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.

A: 238 Myers Rd, Balnarring
T: 5989 7640
FB: Barn and co.
INSTA: barnandco1


Restaurant with star quality By Kate Sears


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.



A: 315-321 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9770 0122


FB: @foodstar.frankston


Brilliant new beginnings at The Brooks By Liz Rogers


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.




A: 99 Tanti Ave, Mornington

T: 5973 9200



Dromana debuts new sav blanc


The Winter Wine Weekend is upon us again, so join the Dromana Estate team at the Red Hill Reserve and showgrounds from 11am to 4pm each day.

You’ll get the first taste of the 2014 Mornington Estate Sauvignon Blanc, the cellar door will be open from 11am to 5pm with the full range of estate wines to sample and the restaurant’s fire will be blazing with the kitchen open for tasty tapas from noon to 4pm.

So why not try a chardonnay with some delicious calamari, or some pinot noir with the amazing carpaccio! Just keep enough space for dessert — and make sure you book now.



A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400



Perfect time for a Paradigm pinot


Relaxing in front of an open fire with a glass of pinot noir is one of the joys of winter. So it’s certainly a case of perfect timing for Paradigm Hill to be releasing its fabulous 2016 pinot noirs during the Winter Wine Weekend.

What’s more, Paradigm Hill will be serving up delicious antipasto plates to go with all its estate-grown wines — including riesling, pinot gris, shiraz and rosé — during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. And don’t forget the cellar door is open every Saturday and Sunday of the year from noon to 5pm. Cheers!



A: 26 Merricks Rd, Merricks

T: 5989 9000

The heart of the hinterland By Liz Rogers


Spend some time grazing on gourmet steak and Guinness pies while tasting terrific full-bodied vino at Fenian Wines. Cosy up around the old outdoor copper fire this Winter Wine Weekend while listening to acoustic Irish muso Ciaran Boyle playing in the winery, or rug up with friends on the deck overlooking the dam anytime in a rustic setting brimming with Red Hill authenticity.

Fenian Wines is all about palate and connection with the grape. Pinot, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay come into their own and work wonderfully with a coast-to-country ambience that screams you’re always welcome — at Fenian Wines.


Let’s start with Crittenden Estate

Anyone who has visited the Crittenden Estate Wine Centre knows the name represents wine-making pioneers with a reputation for remarkable wines. This family-owned and operated winery has been part of the Winter Wine Weekend from the beginning and is proud to continue the tradition heading into the Mornington Peninsula’s winemaking future.

Zoe Crittenden explains. “We were involved in the very first Winter Wine Weekend event held on the Peninsula. We had hay bales scattered around with a band singing while Mum made multiple trays of home-made lasagne, curry and sausages. We were rugged up in wet weather gear and everyone was so enthusiastic. It really was a crazy and fun-filled weekend. We look forward to it every year.”

Fast-forward to today and Crittenden Estate’s innovative winemaking is what it’s all about. Fabulous reviews have come thick and fast for master winemakers Garry and Rollo, who have ensured that this exciting winery is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s very best cool-climate wine producers. Campbell Mattinson said in a recent review: “The Crittenden Estate wines are a treasure trove right now.  The tenure of Rollo Crittenden is something else.”

Enough said.



A: Harrison Rd, Dromana

T: 5981 8322



Sorrento’s award-winning Trattoria By Liz Rogers


Sorrento Trattoria is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary Italian ambience and fresh Italian flavours. This is a place where family and friends come to express and taste, laugh and enjoy the essence of what it means to be alive and indulge in the good life.

Recently receiving the Ospitalità Italiana, an international award given from the Italian Republic through the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Melbourne and the Italian Consulate in Australia, this little slice of Italy brings the best from both countries to create a unique coastal grazing table.

Owner, international chef, cooking instructor and author Carmela D’Amore explains. “Sorrento Trattoria combines generations of Sicilian flavours with the best Australian produce. It was great to be given the gold seal of certification and to be recognised for delivering authentic Italian hospitality. To welcome people into our restaurant with open arms and to offer delicious food made with love – this is what Sorrento Trattoria is about.”

Sorrento Trattoria’s authenticity is set in stone. Carmela and her husband, Marco, come from a long line of food experts. “Half the village came from Sicily to Australia after the Second World War,” she laughs. “Everyone opened restaurants; pizzerias and Italian bakeries. We have three chefs and are open for dinner seven days a week and for lunch from Thursday through Sunday.”

Carmela and her family are looking forward to hosting their Sicilian Long Table event this winter, and Carmela’s second book The Heart of the Table is set to be released in June. “Magic truly begins at ‘la tavola’ (the table),” says Carmela. To sample delicious dishes like pasta alla norma, a 19th century dish from Sicily, make a booking today.



A: 20 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento

T: 5984 5655



New Barmah Park now open for dinner By Andrea Kellett


The Mornington Peninsula has a new dinner venue and it’s a familiar setting with a stunning new look.

Welcome to Barmah Park Restaurant & Cellar Door in Moorooduc. This long-established venue with sweeping 180-degree vineyard views is under new management and it is now open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights and for breakfast and lunch every day year-round.

This is family-friendly vine-side dining a-la Mornington Peninsula style. Turn off the Moorooduc Highway, park with ease and enjoy a fully renovated, free-flowing dining space seemingly in another world. The new-look interior features floor-to-ceiling windows, leather couches by a warming wood heater, indoor and outdoor seating, a separate cellar door and an enclosed space for children to play - complete with a sandpit - while parents wine and dine the day (and evenings) away!

Husband and wife restaurant managers David and Mary, along with French-trained Japanese chef Yoshitaka Kojima, have created a relaxed dining experience with high-quality seasonal menus. “It’s exceptional quality, with interesting flavours,” Mary explains. The autumn menu is out now.

Barmah Park Restaurant & Cellar Door is a beautiful gathering place away from the hustle and bustle of life. Sip estate wine and gaze at the vineyard while enjoying a delicious meal. Drop in for coffee or a shared platter with a glass of wine. Connect your style.



A: 945 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc

T: 5978 8049



Taking wine to a new level


Using grapes grown in the main vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana Estate produces premium wines including pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, rosé, and blanc de blanc under the brand labels Dromana Estate, Mornington Estate, Tuerong Park and David Traeger.
Since 2013 Dromana Estate has been managed by Weeping Elm Wines Pty Ltd and chief winemaker Peter Bauer, who has more than 30 years of vineyard management and winemaking experience.  Having been with Dromana Estate for more than 10 years, Peter has contributed in lifting the quality of wines produced by Dromana Estate to a higher level.

Dromana Estate’s café and cellar door are open for social gatherings from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm. Dromana Estate’s staff are experts at catering for large groups seeking a leisurely grazing lunch or an intimate wine-tasting experience for two to 50 swillers.

On Saturday, March 3, the estate is hosting its second Creators Market. Bringing together 100 of the region’s and Victoria’s most talented artists, designers, crafters and culinary creators from 10am until 3pm, it is sure to be great day. Stalls are open from 10am and free parking is available.



A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400 for lunch booking



Member Login
Welcome, (First Name)!

Forgot? Show
Log In
Enter Member Area
My Profile Not a member? Sign up. Log Out