A long-term love affair with Santorini, and a passion for Greek food, has brought Alatonero – a sophisticated culinary Greek vibe – to McCrae in the Mornington Peninsula.
Across the road from the McCrae lighthouse and yacht club , Alatonero is giving diners the opportunity to enjoy well known and much loved Greek food. With an impressive resume in the restaurant world, and with energy and drive to burn, Jacqui Poulier has brought to life her love of the Greek Islands, it’s culture and lifestyle.
The restaurant is light, bright, open and airy with a fresh sea breeze that drifts through the open plan dining area. Launched in mid-October, 2016, Alatonero has quickly built up a solid reputation for delicious fare, fine produce and a stylish, comfortable atmosphere. More kaftan than collar, the welcoming hues of blue and white invite guests to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Alatonero is all about bringing people together – sharing the love of food, wine and stories. The venue is a very modern take on the Mediterranean – a bright and breezy space with a touch of Mornington Peninsula flair.
The centrepiece is the food where you can order stunning meze style favourites including both traditional and modern dishes. While their food is unmistakably modern Greek, they aim to source as much local produce as possible such as honey, coffee, domestic olive oil, seafood, lamb, goat and wine.
The meze style menu is full of mouth watering delights – saganaki, fried calamari with harissa aoili, chargrilled octopus with wild fennel, fava and pickles, slow roasted lamb shoulder with caper berries, dill, cucumber, saltbush and Moussaka.
There are loads of delicious side dishes, and kids are well catered for, as are those with a sweet tooth. Jacqui is also happy to welcome guests for any occasion, from family get togethers to casual, spontaneous dining and special occasions and celebrations.
While the flavours are from afar, all of the produce is Australian – and locally grown where possible – including local seafood, seasonal fruits, olive oil, coffee, and lamb and goat from Gippsland.
The wine list is concise yet impressive, with a strong focus on local Mornington Peninsula white and red varietals and an offering of Greek red and white wines too. You’ll find local beers along with Mythos Greek Lager and a Volkan Santorini Pilsner. Or you can always drop in for a Greek Iced Coffee Frappe, or perhaps make that ouzo?
New for Spring and rolling into Summer is Alatonero’s take away offering. Drop-in or call in advance to order your favourites loaded with Greek goodness – perfect for the beachside picnic or to take home on those busy days where cooking isn’t fathomable. Take away is available lunch and dinner Wednesday through to Sunday.