1385 Mornington Flinders Road
Main Ridge 3928
My birthday falls in early January and if things work out the way I like I spend it on the Mornington Peninsula. This year I was lucky to have all my family join me for a week in Mt Martha and on my actual birthday we had a big family lunch at the beautiful T'Gallant winery in Main Ridge.
As we numbered 18 we had the $40 set menu in the Spuntino Bar. The staff were very helpful in accommodating dietary requirements - one of my nieces is coeliac and the other follows a vegan diet. When I booked I chose to be inside and this worked well as it was a very windy day.
Our lunch began with wine tasting at the Cellar Door. The wines we tasted were beautiful and again the staff were great, advising my vegan niece which wines she could taste. I had no idea that some wines use eggs in their production! From the cellar door we moved into lunch.
Our set menu began with an antipasto platter.
|Antipasto - bread/dip/cheese/olives|
I loved the cheese but I am not sure what type it was. The waitress wasn't sure either and despite her attempts to find out it remains a mystery.
T'Gallant is known as the home of Pinot Gris and as that is one of my favourites I was pretty happy. This 'Imogen' Pinot Gris is their original Pinot Gris from 20 years ago and it was lovely. I can see why it lasted the distance! Some of our group enjoyed the 'Romeo' (see first photo) which is a really interesting blend of Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Shiraz with a touch of Rutherglen Muscat!
Our main course was pizza, salad and roasted potatoes. The menu describes the pizza as "Roman style fragrant 'pizza rustica' on a board from our wood-fired oven".
|Margherita -tomato/mozzarella/basil and Funghi - mushroom/gorgonzola/parsley|
|Kitchen garden salad and Italian style roasted potatoes/garlic/aromatic herbs|
|Salsiccia - salami/tomato pesto/pecorino and Vegetarian with fresh rocket leaves|
A chocolate brownie and coffees finished off our meal. The brownies were fudgy and decadent, just as brownies should be.
|Classic chocolate ganache brownie|
To close I thought I'd share this photo taken by my niece. I love the way the beautiful vineyard and outside diners are framed by the window.