The Age Good Food Guide 2022: The Mornington Peninsula

The Age Good Food Guide 2022 – 30th November 2021

Laura

A serene, light-flooded gallery of luxurious and artful dining Visiting Pt. Leo Estate’s signature restaurant is like turning left when boarding a plane. As the glass door dividing Laura from the bustling bistro and cellar door shuts behind you, there’s an immediate sense of being cocooned. The tranquil room is surrounded by sculpture and attended by some of the most skilled, personable professionals in the land, artfully matching style with substance. New culinary director Josep Espuga has succeeded founding chef Phil Wood seamlessly, precisely balancing luxury and restraint on his four- and eight-course degustation menus. Poached leeks are teamed with caviar and egg yolk, lobster is flambeed and squab wood-fired. A dessert of chocolate mousse and Earl Grey caramel sparkles with gold leaf. Add a thrilling wine list and it’s first class, all the way.

Pt. Leo Restaurant

A continent-skipping menu with stunning views of sculpture Decision-phobes beware! Pt. Leo Estate offers three choices of dining amid a sprawling sculpture park: the Wine Terrace is the casual entry point, Laura is the fine diner. Or there’s Pt. Leo Restaurant, the mid-tier – but never middling – option. If you choose the latter you’ll be faced with more decisions to make. Would you like the pan-seared snapper with XO and pickled mushrooms, or the Angus beef with pommes Anna? Carrot souffle with warm brioche, or king crab salad with green goddess dressing? Pavlova with lime and coconut, or apple tart with caramel sauce? The good news is there are no wrong moves and, teamed with views of sea, art and sky and a wine list on par with the best of Victoria, you’re in a win-win situation.

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