The restaurants and vineyards of Mornington Peninsula conjure dreams of the continent.

The Australian – 3rd July 2021

Article by Kendall Hill

Down the road lies Pt Leo Estate, a sprawling, 135ha complex of cellar door, two restaurants and a sculpture park where guests can wander with glasses of wine. The property slopes down to Western Port Bay which, in certain angles and light, could pass for the Bay of Biscay. The Spanish connection strengthens at Laura, Pt Leo’s signature restaurant, where Catalan Josep Espuga channels his mentors Andoni Aduriz at Mugaritz and Sergi Arola at La Broche for a bit of molecular gastronomy magic.

Espuga’s brigade might create an amuse of chestnut – not roasted but churned into ice cream inside a “shell” of almond brittle – or warmed mussels beneath a frozen disc of consomme tomatoes. All delivered by exceptionally good staff as the restaurant’s namesake sculpture Laura, by the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa, stands sentry outside the windows.


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