Food & Drink

One of the pleasures of food and drink is that they are often a shared experience – think about the times you’ve gotten together with friends and exchanged interesting ideas and opinions. In addition to having enjoyed a good meal, you left the table better informed with most senses more than likely fulfilled. Our Food and Drink section is all about the unique, best practice experiences on the Mornington Peninsula. In this section we like to inspire and inform readers with a mix of stories from around the Pen.

Pt Leo Estate

If you’re wondering where we go to enjoy some of the finest food, artistic sculptures and uninterrupted views on the Mornington Peninsula it’s Pt. Leo Estate. With three dining choices including Laura (a more refined dining experience offering a set menu that tells a local seasonal harvest story), Pt. Leo Restaurant (a modern restaurant with a large wood fired oven that is the heart of its food offering) and the Wine Terrace (the simple things like a glass of wine and charcuterie plate is all that matters).

Mr Morce

Mr Morce is one of those restaurants where you chat with your mates until the first plate hits the table then silence and anticipation prevail – one thing is for sure, however far you travel it’s going to be worth it. All the ingredients are top notch, and it seems like chefs Ryan James and Ed Day - the people behind the scenes - care are about how things taste, not just how they look.

South Beach Project

If you’re searching for the archetypal, relaxed, Australian beach suburb café then the re-emergence of South Beach Project, opposite Mount Martha South Beach is a stand out.  With first-rate food, top-notch coffee and thoughtful service, it’s no wonder this café has made a big splash with many locals’ ecstatic that breakfast and lunch for this iconic spot is back on the radar. Going out for a brunch of avocado on toast and a perfectly brewed flat white is a weekend ritual for many down Mt Martha way but the eclectic menu also includes dishes such as Fried Noodle Omelette, Mexican Grain Salad, Cauliflower Cous Cous & Korean Fried Chicken Burgers. As a region, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to exceptional cafes and South Beach Project fits neatly into this bracket.

Peppers Moonah Links

Peppers Moonah Links Resort is a stylish contemporary holiday base located in the heart of the southern Peninsula. From here you can enjoy some of the best experiences the region offers including Peninsula Hot Springs, wineries, miles of coastal escapades, quaint townships or if you’re more inclined to ‘bunk in’ beautifully appointed rooms, two outstanding golf courses, landscaped gardens, an in-house spa, gymnasium and outdoor pool.

Alatonero

A long-term love affair with Santorini, and a passion for Greek food, has brought a new culinary vibe to the Mornington Peninsula. Across the road from the McCrae lighthouse (at what was The Pavilion), Alatonero is giving diners the opportunity to enjoy well known and much loved Greek delicacies. With an impressive resume in the food world, and with energy and drive to burn, Jacqui Poulier found the perfect location for her new venture, where she has brought to life her love of food, cooking, people and stories. The restaurant is light, bright, open and airy with a fresh sea breeze that drifts through the open plan dining area.

Rare Hare at Jackalope Hotel

There’s a buzz in the air on Mornington Peninsula, and it comes in the form of a contemporary cutting edge designer hotel, formal restaurant, smart bar, casual dining experience and cellar door. The name is Jackalope – and it’s the new home of Willow Creek Vineyard Wines. The vision of Louis Li's, a 29 year old Chinese national who has been living in Melbourne for ten years, Willow Creek Vineyard is now the site for the world’s first Jackalope Hotel.  Moving here as an 18 year old to study film making, Louis Li is well versed in luxury property development with his parents being involved in a number of luxury hotels and residential properties in Kunming in south western China.  So in a sense his first solo project is following in the tradition of his family business.   Being a film maker Lewis Lee is a great storyteller, and his first foray into hospitality shows his appetite for art and design and food culture, which shines through every element in this property.  His debut Jackalope Hotel in Merricks will be followed by a 40 room hotel in Flinders Lane which is scheduled to open in 2019.