Restaurant Guide

Laura: Restaurant review


Pt Leo Estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks


Lunch Thu-Mon from 12pm;
dinner Saturdays from 6pm


Dégustation $145


Laura is a complete restaurant experience. The location is incredible, at one end of a sweeping arc of a building overlooking Pt. Leo Estate's sculpture park, tucked beyond the establishment's cellar door and casual dining room. It's a cosseted enclave that is both elevated and comfortable, and the set menu showcases Phil Wood's questing romance with the Mornington Peninsula. Roasted, creamed potatoes are mixed with three types of goat's cheese and magicked into steamed dumplings that explode in the mouth. Windfall acorns are turned into a pastry – a two-week process – that becomes the base for a savoury pear flan. A mussel is hidden inside a faux shell made from scallop mousse in a seafood charade that surprises and delights. Sweet custard is part-set so it becomes an oozy fondant pudding: the ingredients are beguilingly simple, but the creation is a canny blend of wizardry and sheer graft. In every dish, and the wide-roaming wine list, there's a link between culinary heritage and contemporary mores rendered with a witty lightness of touch. It's all underlined by engaged, informed and personable service, ensuring Laura is one of Victoria's essential dining experiences.
(03) 5989 9011
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair friendly
Phil Wood
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.