A new restaurant serving food and wine exclusively from the Mornington Peninsula has opened at the 4-star Best Western Plus Brooklands of Mornington hotel.
Eighteen78 is a 40-seat fine dining restaurant set in an 1878 Victorian homestead. The menu specialises in organic, fresh produce and wines from across the Peninsula, with banqueting and catering options available.
Marreck Head, a former executive chef at Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough is the new general manager at Best Western Plus Brooklands of Mornington. He has recruited executive chef Corey Howard from the National Hotel in Bendigo to co-create a menu packed with local flavours.
Head said, “Classic, Modern Australian is the champion theme of our dishes at Eighteen78.
“Opening the restaurant has been our big project this year. We’ve visited every farm and every vineyard in the Peninsula to bring back the best seasonal ingredients we can find,” said Head.
Entrée selections such as confit of rabbit with house-made tortellini, mushrooms, pea and sage puree finished in truffle oil; and a choice of mains including the lamb shoulder, baby onions, chat potatoes, buttered peas with harissa and red wine jus make the one hour drive south from Melbourne well worth the trip.
Regarding the décor, Head said, “We’ve gone for very simple white tablecloths and soft lighting. This works elegantly with the period building, and appeals to our customers expecting quality dishes served with good old-fashioned customer service.
“We’re delighted to welcome all our guests to Eighteen78.”
Eighteen78 is open daily for breakfast and Monday to Saturday for dinner. Reservations are now being taken for dining, events and combined accommodation packages.
For large meetings and events, the hotel has a separate function centre with four versatile spaces hosting up to 250 delegates.
Guests dining at Eightreen78 will be greeted at the courtyard entrance by preserved ornate cornices, stained glass windows and cast-iron filigree lace lining the verandah.
The 53-room Best Western Plus Brooklands of Mornington offers king size pillow-top beds, private courtyards, free Wi-fi, iPod docking stations, and large LCD televisions.
Eighteen78 is located at Best Western Plus Brooklands of Mornington at 99 Tanti Avenue Vic.