Thinking about heading down to the Peninsula? Make sure you stop for a meal at one of these great Mornington venues.
Mr Paul's Beer & Wine, Shop 11 234 Main St, Vale Arcade, Mornington
This is a great casual venue with a range of wines and craft beers to keep everyone happy. They regularly add new brews which means Mr Paul’s is worth going to more than once. The atmosphere is cosy and decidedly mature – it’s not a place that attracts underage or binge drinkers. The owner, Bel has worked at creating a space where you can relax, have a drink and some tasty food. The menu, like the range of beers, is always changing but every tapas style dish is as good as the next. All the staff who have served us over our visits are always friendly – this is a place you really need to visit.
Afghan Marco Polo Restaurant, 9-11 Main St, Mornington
This is something of an institution in Mornington, and you only get to be an institution by being good at what you do. The food here is always memorable, authentic flavours and beautifully presented dishes. Being a carnivore, there’s not a meat dish I have not enjoyed but there is also a range of vegetarian dishes which are also just as good. Gluten free diets are also covered. If you have never tried Mantu (have seen it on some menus as mantoo) then make sure you order it from Afghan Marco Polo; the dumplings are light as and the taste is sensational. There are set menus which really give you a taste of Afghanistan, and no one will go home hungry. The restaurant is fairly large – seats around 50 or 60 – but bookings are still recommended as it is very popular.
Swordfish Wine Bar & Tapas, 174 Main St, Mornington
With live entertainment on the weekend, the Swordfish aims to bring people together to have a good time over food and with a quality drink. The Swordfish takes pride in using produce from around the Peninsula and stocks some of the best wines and beers from around the area. The staff take their lead from owners, Dom & Trish in friendliness and service making the Swordfish a great night out. The range of bar snacks and tapas are all quality, providing a variety of tastes and produce.