The Share Plate Guide to... Mornington Peninsula lunch spots
From beachside Sorrento to the bush landscapes of Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula has a wealth of great lunch options. Take your pick from contemporary casual, farm to table or burgers made ready for social! Here's a few of our fave Peninsula lunch spots:
Epicurean at Red Hill
Starting as an abandoned industrial space in the heart of leafy Red Hill, the Epicurean Red Hill has established itself as an inspiring venue for both produce and wine. The space hosts multiple dining areas with menus that showcase the seasons and if wine is your thing, prepare to be impressed: they have a range from over 100 local Mornington winemakers.
Split into sections, the airy atrium entrance funnels you into The Shed – an Italian style cucina that feels homey and relaxed, and The Store – a hub of freshness from local producers, with baked goods, homewares, house roasted coffee, creamy cheeses and café treats.
Epicurean is perfect for lunch through the week or on weekends, with a warmth filling the stylish industrial fitout, and if you need a space for a group, the more the merrier.
- The Shed is like stepping into regional Italy - so take advantage of a gorgeous pasta dish or Napoli-style pizza that will leave you amazed you're still in Red Hill
Peninsula Hot Springs, Fingal
Renowned for the natural surrounds of multiple bathing pools, the Peninsula Hot Springs has been working on a little secret: as well as their incredible dining options, the team are building a sustainable food-bowl to eliminate food miles and become a showcase for hyper-local produce.
Sit down at the Bath House for your choice between breakfast, pizza or a graze platter; Dine and Bathe in the Spa Dreaming Centre with breakfast, lunch, graze or dinner; or our pick? Indulge with the six hour Bliss package (this includes breakfast or lunch, juice or wine, an organic mineral mud wrap, organic hair and scalp treatment, relaxation massage, bio-active facial, and bathing in the Spa Dreaming Centre and Bath House, immaculate!).
- The grazing platters – a selection of house made dips, fresh crusty bread, local premium cheese and Tulsi teas
Initially known for it’s fro-yo, YOMG have expanded into multiple locations across Victoria on the strength of their burger game – and the Mornington outlet is constantly packed to prove that point.
With grass fed Angus patties, house made sauces and fresh Victorian produce combining, the group has exploded through social media off the back of Australia’s obsession with America’s Shake Shack and In’n’Out.
- The Kingsway – the closest we’ve had to the famous-for-a-reason In’n’Out DoubleDouble on these shores
Many Little Bar & Bistro, Red Hill South
There’s a range of fine dining establishments across the Peninsula – if you’re after a more relaxed, contemporary lunch, make your way to Many Little.
Open all day as a bistro, plus late into the night as small bar, Many Little strings together beer gardens, indoor spaces and courtyards. The interiors are artisan crafted, reflecting the care and time put into the winery – as well as the menu items.
Utilising local produce where possible, breakfast sees chill crab folded eggs sit alongside acai bowls and a pork belly burger; lunch and dinner are a little more refined, with caramelised scallops, beautiful salads and snapper steamed in banana leaves - yum!
This is a lunch article, but stop in for breakfast and grab the Okonomiyaki with wakami, miso, togarashi and smoked bacon - beautifully presented and so so savoury.
Oh, and for lunch, grab a grilled Riverina pork cutlet, served with spiced beetroot, celery, pickled walnut and grapes – this goes perfectly with a Polperro Fumé Blanc.
Red Gum BBQ, Red Hill
A slice of Texas hospitality in the middle of Red Hill. Custom made offset smoker pits line the huge dining room at Red Gum, proudly on display to show off the process.
Owners Martin and Melissa have had quite a journey: from their initial catering stint to towing an import trailer smoker to festivals and markets, to realising their dream by setting up what has evolved into Red Gum – the largest BBQ and beer hall in Australia.
Spending time learning the art of smoking in South Georgia gave Martin the chops he needed to take his cooking to a higher level, and the pair have never looked back. With a house-made range of sauces complementing the tender cuts, which are smoked to perfection.
Using exceptional quality Victorian meat and smoking on Australian hardwoods, there is a distinctly native flavour to this space – alongside a healthy dose of Southern US style deliciousness.
- Brisket is a damn good choice, with a simple salt-and-pepper rub following the stylings made famous by Franklin BBQ in Austin (no sauce needed).
- But ribs are the crowd-pleaser – free range pork, smoked til bending but not breaking, finished with their house sauce. We recommend the Gold – sweet heat is good, but douse your ribs with some tang to cut through the richness.
Read about Red Gum BBQ, the Peninsula Hot Springs and more of our favourites inside our upcoming Mornington Peninsula issue, with 100 pages showcasing stories of our favourite local eateries, farms, producers, wine, beer, spirits and social enterprises! Pre-order here:
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