The hospitality industry has been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, however many restaurants, cafes and wineries on the Mornington Peninsula have shown resilience and ingenuity, offering those ‘starved’ of the restaurant experience a silver lining in lockdown: restaurant quality food skilfully prepared for you to enjoy at home.

The old notion of take-away fast food has been redefined during the pandemic, with options ranging from casual food to be devoured by the whole family, to three course fine dining for a celebration or simply to help make time spent at home a little more special.

During what has been undoubtedly the most difficult time of trade in the hospitality industry, it’s critical to support local business. There’s no better way than ordering a meal from your favourite restaurant. Here are some of our recommendations on the Mornington Peninsula.




As well as having their fridges and shelves stocked daily with the finest pre-prepared take home meals and wine, the Merricks General Wine Store offers ‘Pie & Pinot Wednesday’. Designed to be a ‘no-fuss’ family option, locals can collect a freshly baked family sized pie (think grass fed beef and aged cheddar), a large salad and a bottle of Pinot Noir.

On Saturday and Sunday evenings, a superb three course restaurant menu is available for collection or delivery on the Mornington Peninsula. The ‘Merricks at Home’ menu changes weekly. The temptation to have the Merricks General Wine Store team cater for you every weekend is real.

Order online Merricks General Wine Store or contact 5989 8088.




Panda Blairgowrie is fashioned around the simple concept of sharing. The sharing of food, wine and laughter. While we can’t enjoy the Panda dining room and courtyard at the moment, we can enjoy everything from coffee to cocktails, bao buns to barramundi and steak.

Panda is offering a different style of pop-up menu every Friday, starting this week with authentic Thai street-eats and Asian inspired cocktails.

Visit Panda Blairgowrie for menus and more information.




Moke Dining is a premier and authentic taste of the Mornington Peninsula, with an expression featuring local growers and small producers.

The Flinders restaurant is the first solo venture of award-winning Chef Michael Cole. It is the culmination of a career spent roaming the globe to hone his culinary creativity. An evolution from time spent in some of the best kitchens in the world.

Michael crafts a dining experience like no other and on Saturday evenings during lockdown, you can experience this in your own home.

Keep an eye out for Moke’s weekly menu released via Instagram @mokedining.




Montalto is an award-winning restaurant, piazza, cellar door and sculpture park in Red Hill and now, its culinary ‘captain’ Matt Wilkinson and chief wine maker Simon Black have combined to create the very best ‘heat and eat’ three course menu, paired with exquisite wines.

The team at Montalto understand that staying at home can be tough but believe it can also be delicious. With only 150 take home boxes available each weekend, be sure to secure one quickly!

Montalto is providing free delivery to the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne.

Visit Montalto for their weekly menu and further information.




In need of a little French cuisine to spoil someone, or importantly, yourself? Look no further than Bistro Elba in Sorrento.

Conveniently open seven days for lunch and dinner, the take home menu at Bistro Elba features classics such as Grass Fed Steak Tartare, Bouillabaisse of Rockling, King Prawns and Clams, Tarte au Citron with Crème Chantilly and of course, perfectly ripe French cheese.

To view the menu and place an order, visit Bistro Elba or call 5984 4995.


Merricks General Wine Store


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