Monday, March 7, 2011

Stillwater at Crittenden - Mornington Peninsula

We have arrived at the true jewel of the south. Mornington Peninsula can truly boast it has the very best to offer in food, wine and location with Stillwater at Crittenden. Not only the best of food, good wines both local and not-so local but a stunning setting, good service and a cellar door. Once more you could drop in for a coffee and cake or a red and cheese platter but you may not appreciate what really can be served up here. You just may never know unless you have at least a two course meal. The guy in the kitchen with the tall white hat can really cook. Yes REALLY cook!

My wife and I, Cathy, have frequented Stillwater a number of times, both alone, with friends and as part of a birthday party (my 50th actually) Every time, everyone has absolutely agreed the food is beyond reproach, perfectly prepared, plated and left you yearning for more. If price for fine dinning is an issue take your issues else where, they are not welcome here. Gods eat here, angles prepare the food and humans indulge. And your senses heavenly blessed.

For me it is the Black Angus every time. After saying that there are number of cuts and grades to select from. The green sides ground you while the steak steals your credit card. The wine seduces you and scenery serenades your eyes. Service can run a little hot and cold but is always sufficient. Start with the house sparkly, sip a white while sampling the starters and entree and hit the reds with a bull on your plate whose name is Angus the Blue.

Do not miss this place. There is only one Stillwater and it's down behind the Dromana drive in. Go for lunch mid-week if an intimate meal is your thing. Inside or out, I've done both. Inside with a full house can get noisy but inside mid-week and a chauffer can make you forget name. But you will not forget Stillwater. Good food, wine and location R them.

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