Montalto’s Head Chef, Gerard Phelan, executes the most outstanding seasonal dishes at this sublime location on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Boasting a piazza café, restaurant, cellar door and picnic area, Montalto is a destination venue for a Sunday family lunch, a special event or a romantic anniversary.
The menu boasts estate-grown produce, cooked over fire ‘with reverence’. There are tasty snacks and individual bites to start with, or perhaps go straight to the small plates? Crab mornay is a small-plate option that will tempt: juicy crabmeat spread over crunchy charred cos lettuce with an ooze of gruyère cheese and fresh chives. For a spin on tartare, Montalto uses raw lamb mixed with peas and a subtle Japanese katsuobushi, served with plump radish. Or perhaps choose the duck: plump, moist meat with a gorgeous layer of fat and skin plus a pink inner, served with a caramelised radicchio and an interesting carrot and mandarin puree. Match the decadent meal with a premium wine from the adjoining winery.
PSST! Arrive for lunch early and do a full tasting of the beautiful wines.