Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Long Table - Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula

When I say you want to go here for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, thrust me you REALLY want to go here. The Long Table, nestled in the hills of Red Hill, is one of a number of really great looking restaurants and eateries. The Long Table not only looks the part, having a warm, friendly and rustic feel,  but they deliver on a promise.  Sit outside, inside down stairs with a view of the main road or up the back for a cosy lunch for two. Local produce is very well supported, the wine menu is sufficient and foods selection dreamy.  

The best news is the chef can cook. No he can REALLY cook! I went for two courses, Entre’ and Main. I rarely list what I eat in these reviews but this time (‘cause it was so bloody good) I’ll make an exception. First clean the hungry pallet with a local sparkly. While sipping this delightful drop with its pretentious fizz nibble away, savouring every morsel, at you Swordfish Sashimi in a little green chilli, fine strips of apple, and celery. Eat slowly you really don’t want this to end. Move to the better Sav. Blanc and enjoy your Otway pork shoulder, boudin noir, peach, fennel & BBQ sauce. This has been slow cook and should be eaten slowly. Enjoy! Is that a hint of mild curry? Yum.

Serving size is good but added to the above a shared side of potatoes. These were a little oilier than what I am use to but not unpleasant. Just looking at my wife’s Salmon, the way it has been cooked and served, I would say every meal will surprise here. Staff is friendly and parking is available but the car park can get full. If you like culinary surprises try out The Long Table. Be prepared to be indulged by the guy with the tall white hat in the kitchen. He REALLY knows how apples.

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