Local resident and talented architect Michael Baker exudes enthusiasm for all things creative. Architecture, landscapes, family, food, surfing and community. Michael spoke fervently about the incredibly diverse creative community that live and work in Mount Eliza and across the Mornington Peninsula.
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.
This summer the beautiful Emu Plains Reserve in Balnarring will be transformed once again into an open air cinema unlike anything seen on the Mornington Peninsula before.
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.
Vulcano Gelato in Rye has a deep connection to the Ritrovo Remigio’ – a café established in 1960 on the breathtakingly beautiful island of Vulcano located off the coast of Sicily, Italy. It was here at Ritrovo Remigio that the secret base recipe of gelato served in Vulcano Gelato was inspired and cultivated. In 2008, Vulcano Gelato opened in Rye with the single hearted aim of improving the quality and taste of the universally loved authentic Italian gelato and granita.
Volpino was created by three Mornington Peninsula mates with the ambition to create a destination which is more than just a place to eat. The owners know their stuff from food to wine, pairing and sharing and above all slick service – even in the heat and intensity of summer.
Butterfly Retreats in Red Hill is an experience for the whole family. Set on four acres of cleared grassland with mature European trees, fruit trees and an olive grove, there is something special to experience everywhere you wander throughout this picturesque property. Nestled between Lindenderry at Red Hill and Eldridge Estate, the property is flanked by vineyards providing a colourful vista ever changing with the seasons.
Summer is the time for friends to gather around a feast, to tell stories, laugh and share in the beautiful experiences that bind our lives together. Summer is also time for the beach, for pool parties and for doing absolutely nothing on a full tummy.
There’s nothing like a coastal holiday; a ‘home-away-from-home’, but what if your family (like many) has a four-legged friend in their pack? Do you leave them behind? If you do take them on holiday, the inevitable questions arise. Are the facilities secure? Are the accommodations up to our standard? If you can’t take them then the inevitable feelings of guilt & separation anxiety arise.
From the team that brings you Tully’s, welcome to DoppioZero or as we’d like to call it – la dolce vita! Aesthetic theme, close attention to detail and awesome uncomplicated delicious food; that’s the recipe for success we’ve seen so far from head chef Raffaele Lobosco and his team.
Unless you live in Dromana we bet you don’t spend a lot of time eating in this part of town. But those who do and those who are in the know and out of town will tell you that a significant amount of foodie lust is generated when the words Dee’s Kitchen is mentioned.
Mornington Prime Cuts is where you can source the products that are also supplied to many top-notch restaurants. Tim is a leader in the industry and it’s why he has inspired us to follow him.