Beach Bites Lane a testament to couple’s hard work

Aldo and Lea da Silva Gomes have spent the past two years trying to find a place on the Peninsula to trade from their food truck Brazilian Bites.  They have had no luck - until now. After a lot of hard work and persistence, they created their own permanent food truck location, Beach Bites Lane, the only one of its kind on the Peninsula.


Going back and forth to Melbourne all the time in their food truck was taking its toll financially, physically and on their young family. “What people don’t realise is that it’s incredibly expensive to run a food truck and we were spending $100 a day just getting to and from the city, even without all the other costs involved,” owner-operator Aldo says. 

The long days and hours of travel took their toll in April when Aldo had a terrible accident due to total exhaustion, giving him the fright of his life. “The truck got pretty banged up and we had to take it off the road for a while. In the end, we had to sell our house to survive.”


The Dromana couple decided enough was enough and it was time to start working closer to home. A venue they had had their eye on for some time finally became available for lease and they jumped at the opportunity; 813-817 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud, is now their permanent home and they couldn’t be more proud of their achievement.

Opposite the beach and the Rosebud foreshore camp ground, Beach Bites Lane has a gelato shop on site and a rotation of some of the best food trucks Victoria has to offer - and coffee is available now too. Keep an eye on social media to find out who’s trading and when.



A: 813-817 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud




Loving being local By Liz Rogers

The Corner Café in Rosebud is well known for making some of the region’s best fresh food from scratch. Summer sees this clever little café creating a new menu for Rosebud residents and their guests who want to relax alfresco after an early morning swim with a blueberry, banana and ricotta french toast or a field of mushroom bruschetta. Yum!


And for those who want to enjoy the summer evening breeze, linger over some salt and pepper calamari, a beef burger, pulled pork tacos or sweet potato chips while sipping on a Peninsula cider (think Cheeky Rascal) and taking the weight off your feet.

The Corner Café just loves being the go-to place where fresh food and good times take pride of place. Open seven days a week, it’s fully licensed too, so casual pre-Christmas drinks and nibbles with friends are all sorted.

Cheers to that!



A: 1455 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud

T: 5982 1455

COCKTAIL FEATURE - Pretty in pink at Veraison

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Veraison Wine Bar and Fine Dining is a fusion of laneway-style Melbourne wine bar meets coastal Mornington Peninsula. It’s cutting-edge, it’s right here on our doorstep and its signature cocktail is the Pink Persian Rose. A mixture of raspberry vodka, cranberry and Rose Persian Fairy Floss, this is a cocktail that really delivers on the ‘wow’ factor – and how! Simply pour the alcohol into the glass and watch the cocktail come alive.

This summer at Veraison, fall in love with the funky lighting, the local art, the cosy atmosphere and the attention to detail as you linger over a Pink Persian Rose or two – it will definitely have you feeling in the pink. Veraison Wine Bar and Fine Dining is open seven days for breakfast and lunch and Thursdays-Sundays for dinner.



A: 1889 Point Nepean Rd, Tootgarook

T: 5985 8888



COCKTAIL FEATURE - Simply sensational at The Milbri


When it comes to a great summer cocktail, you want fresh ingredients and you don’t want to wait, right?  Well, The Milbri agrees.

The Milbri has unveiled an exciting new cocktail menu for summer and has gone for simplicity and freshness.  This means no one has to wait too long - because we all know how annoying that can be ­– and the cocktails are moreish to the max! Over the silly season The Milbri will be using as many fresh ingredients as possible to achieve maximum flavour while the gorgeous fresh fruits are in season.

Three of the lip-smacking new cocktails are the Frozé (raspberry syrup, strawberry puree, gin, cranberry juice and rosé), Professor’s Espresso (bourbon, instant coffee, maple syrup and a biscuit), and Mac's Mojo (white rum, passionfruit, mango puree, lime juice and egg white; pictured).  We’re impressed! 



A: 1183 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud

T: 5982 3901



COCKTAIL FEATURE - Summer sipping from south of the border at Southside Social

Meet the Mexican Summer – so refreshing you’ll think you can feel the sand between your toes and hear the ocean by your side! The love child of a classic margarita and sangria, this unusual but delicious combination is reinforced with the addition of cherry, which binds the two classics in loving matrimony.  Built in an intriguing two-part glass and garnished with a beautiful assortment of mint, lime and a single orchid, it’s almost one of those “it’s too pretty to drink” cocktails - but it tastes so good that those initial feelings will fly out the window! The perfect tequila drink for the summer.



A: 433 Nepean Highway, Frankston

FB: @southsidesocial

INSTA: @southsidesocial


COCKTAIL FEATURE - Get your tentacles around this at Portsea Hotel


When you’re exploring the rock pools of the Mornington Peninsula, one thing you would not want to stumble across is a blue ring.  That is unless, of course, you are talking about the Blue Ring Cocktail at the Portsea Hotel.  This delicious combination of vodka, strawberry, citrus and cranberry is the perfect drink to enjoy while looking over the amazing views the Portsea beer garden has to offer. Head down and grab one from the friendly staff at the Portsea Hotel today.



A: 3746 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea

T: 5984 2213



COCKTAIL FEATURE - An authentic Mexican experience at Mi Mexiko


Mi Mexiko serves authentic Mexican street food and has an extensive cocktail and tequila menu to match. Mi Mexiko is the only venue in Mornington whose house-made margarita is served on tap. The venue offers more than 12 different margarita flavours as well as more than 13 other cocktails.

A crowd favourite is the Senorita (pictured), made of vodka, pomegranate, cranberry, lime, pink grapefruit, egg white and Persian Fairy Floss.  Jugs of white and red Sangria are also available and Mi Mexiko features a Barman’s Special every month.  The extensive tequila and mezcal menu will provide you with that true Mexican experience, and you’ll find a variety of local and Mexican beers, wines and mocktails – so there really is something for everyone.

Mi Mexiko is located at 25 Main St, Mornington, and bookings can be made online at Takeaway food is also available and can be ordered online or by calling 5976 0024.



A: 25 Main St, Mornington

T: 5975 0024



COCKTAIL FEATURE - Hare’s to a summer Affair at Dr. Fox

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Molly, the main bartender at Dr Fox, has smashed it out of the park with this summer treat. The Hare Affair will entice you to cheat on your usual go-to drink and have an affair with its minty-fresh sister. 

Molly has captured the taste of summer with her blend of Tanqueray Gin, Saint Germain Elderflower Liqueur, dry ginger ale, and sparkling pink moscato from Montalto Estate, mixed with summer berries and topped with mint.

City-style cocktails are the focus for Dr Fox. They aren’t super sweet because they’re more about the alcohol perfectly complimenting each other than the power of the mixers. Focusing on cocktails for the evening trade is Dr Fox’s speciality, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as each sip provides a different level of flavour. It’s just what the doctor ordered.


COCKTAIL FEATURE - Put some fizz into your summer at Brass Razu


The gin fizz is the best-known cocktail in the ‘fizz family’.  Fizzes became widely popular in US between 1900 and the 1940s.  Known as a hometown specialty of New Orleans, the gin fizz was so popular that bars would employ teams of bartenders who would take turns shaking the drinks.

Brass Razu’s gin fizz is a little different - it’s fruitier and razooier.  Into a shaker, pour 30ml Chambord, 30ml  Bombay Gin, 45ml fresh lemon juice, 30ml simple syrup* and one egg white.  In your chosen glass, place seven to nine blueberries and two finger-widths of soda water.

Shake the ingredients without ice to create a smooth, creamy texture. Then shake WITH ice and strain the mixture into your chosen glass, add ice and garnish with mint and basil.

*To create this at home, mix 1:1 boiling water and caster sugar, stir until all sugar is dissolved and let the mixture cool down before use. Store excess in fridge.



Open Tuesday-Sunday from noon til late

A: 13 Main Street, Mornington

T: 5975 0108

E: [email protected]

FB: /brass.razu

INSTA: @brassrazu

COCKTAIL FEATURE - Santorini style sips @ Alatonero


Alatonero’s Santorini Donkey will have you dreaming of sunsets in Santorini in no time!  It’s a tasty cocktail of muddled lime, mint and ginger, limoncello, vodka and fig syrup, showered over crushed ice and served in a lovely copper mug.  It’s perfect for lazy summer sipping while you’re kicking back with family and friends at this exquisite Greek restaurant opposite the beautiful McCrae foreshore.

The Santorini Donkey is one of 12 signature cocktails exclusive to Alatonero and inspired by the sun-drenched Greek island of Santorini - check them out on your next visit!



A: 671 Point Nepean Rd, McCrae

T: 5981 1202



End the year on a high note - T'Gallant - Places to be this Christmas & New Years


Are you looking to reward your hard-working staff for all their efforts during the year?  Perhaps you just want to get together with family or a group of friends for a wind-down celebration after a hectic 12 months.  Whatever the occasion, you want a venue that’s affordable without compromising on style, right?

T’Gallant fits the bill to a T.

For just $49 per person, you can have a mid-week lunch at one of the Peninsula’s premier wineries.   You and your guests will be able to indulge in some sumptuous wine-tasting before a delicious lunch of bonbons, home-made dips, wood-fired pizza, kitchen garden salad and crash-hot potatoes.  And how about something sweet on which to finish – a gluten-free chocolate ganache brownie.

For an extra $39 per person you’ll also get a three-hour drinks package.

End the year in the best possible way with lunch at T’Gallant. 



A: 1385 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Main Ridge

T: 5931 1300



Take a break on the Farm - Craft & Co. - Places to be this Christmas & New Years


Whether you’re looking for an early Christmas gift or just dreading the looming festive season frenzy, The Craft & Co Farm could provide just the inspiration or relaxation you need.

The Craft & Co Farm is the sister site to The Craft & Co in Collingwood. Located in Bangholme, just minutes from Frankston near Patterson River, it is a 16ha working winery and vineyard that also has an onsite cafe, bar, cellar door, function spaces, bocce court and botanicals garden.  Where better to kick back and chill before launching into the seasonal madness again?

And while you’re there, check out some of their new wines, beers or spirits that would be perfect under the tree or on the Christmas table, and refuel with a delicious feast for breakfast or lunch. There's plenty of space for the kids to run around too!

The Craft & Co Farm is open from 8am-5pm Thursday-Sunday. 



A: 170 Riverend Rd, Bangholme

T:  9773 4880


Smooth sailing for Christmas functions - The Boathouse Restaurant - Places to be this Christmas & New Years

If you’re looking for a superb venue for your Christmas function or end-of-year celebration, look no further than The Boathouse Restaurant.


Ideally located at the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula in Frankston, The Boathouse is set on the edge of the meandering Kananook Creek among lush gardens and boasts a charming interior with floor-to-ceiling french doors to take in the view. An icon in the local area, the restaurant is perfect for small to medium-sized functions with seating for up to 80 guests or cocktail-style events for up to 140 guests. Smaller groups can be accommodated in their own semi-private areas inside or on the deck. 

In addition, a quaint gazebo, creekside gardens and a private jetty provide the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony, engagement party or other special occasion.  Call The Boathouse on 9770 5330 or email [email protected] for further details.


A: 366 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9770 5330



Summer fun at Manhattan in Mornington - The Places to be this Christmas & New Years

Veni. Vedi. Amore.

Come. See. Love.  And sip rose petal-infused cocktails.


Manhattan in Mornington has released a new cocktail menu designed especially for summer – it’s light, bright and fun. Fall in love with the Summer Spritz (vodka, lime juice, alcoholic cider, berries and mint), the French Martini (vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice), the Cosmobello (gin, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice, mint and dry ginger) and many more delectable creations.

Manhattan in Mornington is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but is taking bookings for New Year’s Eve, and what better way to count down to 2018 in style with family and friends while you sip a rose petal-infused Asperol or an Espresso Martini poured to perfection by Rose and the team.

New Year’s Eve bookings are essential … as are the good times you’re going to have at Manhattan in Mornington.



A: 2/55 Barkly St, Mornington

T: 5976 4867



Freshest seafood every day at Bay Sea Farms - Places to be this Christmas & New Year

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After celebrating its 10th year of growing mussels and oysters at Mount Martha, Bay Sea Farms is proud to announce the opening of its new factory outlet at 21 Bennetts Rd, Mornington.

Mussels and other seafood, including only the best Australian fish, prawns and oysters, will still be available from Mornington Pier on Sundays, but now you’ll also be able to buy the freshest, highest-quality seafood during the week and on Saturday mornings at 21 Bennetts Rd.

Bay Sea Farms Pty Ltd is a proud member of the Mornington Peninsula Produce brand (No.24) and encourages all Peninsula residents and visitors to check out its new factory outlet for the best local seafood.  Bait mussels are also available.

Community spirit and genuine hospitality

On September 14, Samantha and Andrew from The Long Table and Marlene Hoff from 100 Mile Foodie hosted an R U OK? fundraiser to raise awareness of and money for mental health and suicide prevention on the Mornington Peninsula.  Not in their wildest dreams could they have imagined the outpouring of support and community involvement that would result.

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So many Peninsula businesses donated produce, wine, beer and cider that was served to almost 100 people on the night, and friends, family and colleagues gave up their time to help run the event and ensure it was a huge success. An incredible number of silent auction items were donated by businesses, including artwork, horse rides, massages, wine, accommodation, jewellery and vouchers, raising more than $12,500.

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Both Marlene and Sam have been working with R U OK? and the Mornington Peninsula Shire to ensure the money stays on the Peninsula and that more and more people feel comfortable asking the question of those around them: “R U OK?”

Meanwhile, it’s back to business as The Long Table prepares for the busy festive season.  If you haven’t booked your Christmas function, get in quick to take advantage of menu packages from $49 per person, private dining rooms that can cater for 20-40 guests, the outdoor deck and courtyard games. 

And make sure you book for chef/owner Andrew Doughton’s Summer Harvest cooking demonstration on Friday, January 18.  It will be followed by lunch and a glass of Quea!y wine.

There’s always plenty happening at The Long Table.



A: 159 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South

T: 59892326


E: [email protected]

FB: thelongtablerestaurant

INSTA: @longtableredhill


New summer menu at The Hart of Tyabb By Andrea Kellett

The Hart of Tyabb is about to unleash its new summer menu. Need we give you a better reason to visit the Tyabb Packing House than this?

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The Hart of Tyabb, located inside the historic Tyabb Packing House Antiques complex, is the place to relax and rejuvenate over lunch and barista-made coffee after browsing the endless array of antiques on the showroom floor. The ever-popular beef burger and egg and bacon roll are on the new-season menu - and vegie-lovers, the cauliflower burger is back! There will be a new vegetarian tart, and here’s something to make your mouth water: sticky pork sandwich on house-made Turkish bread with chili caramel sauce on apple slaw.

Chef Dean Caldwell loves to get creative in the kitchen and this is a must this summer. As always, The Hart of Tyabb offers gluten-free and vegan options, delicious homemade cakes, table service and “the very best in coffee”. And for those who like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with their meal, the establishment is fully licensed.

Pop in and see for yourself this summer.


Open Thursday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
A: 14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb (inside Tyabb Packing House Antiques)
T: 5977 3166


New pinot gris springs forth


Spring has sprung and so too has Dromana Estate’s 2017 Mornington Estate Pinot Gris. He’s been dragged kicking and screaming from his warm oak bed and plunged into glass, and now Dromana Estate is ready to send him off to your refrigerators and dining tables to be enjoyed with family and friends.

He’s oozing all the flavours of the orchard - apples, figs and pears - with a spicy finish. At a mere $25 from the cellar door, he should be on everyone's shopping list this spring. Visit the cellar door for a taste today, and also sample Dromana Estate’s Melbourne International Wine Show winners. The Mornington Estate Pinot Noir 2016 won gold, the Mornington Estate Shiraz 2015 collected silver and the Dromana Estate Chardonnay 2013 took home a bronze.  And if that isn't enough to shout about, Dromana Estate was awarded the Mornington Peninsula Winery of the Year … not too shabby a result.

The cellar door is bursting with spring specials, with current and back vintage deals on offer from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Might as well stay for lunch too – there are pizzas and sharing platters aplenty from noon to 4pm.



A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400