The awards seek out restaurants that are pushing the envelope in Australian dining and setting the standard for the best experiences on offer. The Mornington Peninsula is proud of the achievements of Pt Leo Estate and their emphasis on showcasing local produce and wines.
Here's what Gourmet Traveller has to say about Pt Leo Estate...
Given the buzz ahead of the opening of Pt Leo Estate‘s restaurant, expectations could’ve readily been dashed. Instead, Laura surprised with its perfectly pitched low-key luxury, its confidence and chef Phil Wood’s original, beautiful and completely delicious interpretations of the flavours of the Mornington Peninsula. There’s also the lure of a team of professional floor staff led by one of the country’s finest front-of-house folk, Ainslie Lubbock. The list features estate wines but also showcases great small vintners from across the globe.
Grounds filled with fine sculpture give way to pastures and then sea. It’s an enviable setting for skilled and often surprising cooking that uses a rollcall of great local ingredients – Flinders mussels, vine leaves from the Estate – in intricate, artfully plated dishes that speak of the region in a way that is new. This is an ambitious restaurant but it’s also quiet, comfortable and untroubled by the need to declaim its virtues.
Source: Gourmet Traveller website