Restaurant Reviews

Laura: Restaurant review

Address

Pt Leo Estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks

Hours

Lunch Thu-Sun noon-2.30pm;
dinner Thu-Sat 6pm-10pm

Prices

4-6 courses $120-$140

REVIEW

Pt Leo Estate is the latest Mornington Peninsula blockbuster, a $50 million sculpture park and winery with massive sea views. Phil Wood is in charge of food, both at the winery's bistro and the flagship restaurant, Laura. Named for the Jaume Plensa sculpture, Laura is a finely crafted diner, from its well-honed floor crew and elegant Cutipol cutlery to Wood's four to six courses of intelligent, regionally focused dishes. A local Dutch cream potato is joined by miso cream and caviar. Cold-smoked Flinders mussels shelter with dried tomatoes and seaweed butter under a tapioca crisp. Surprise is Wood's forté – a curry emulsion hidden beneath mushrooms and abalone, or cumin ice-cream emerging from lemon cream and figs on a ripple of meringue. The wine list mixes a taste of the estate with winemakers from across the globe. A remarkable debut.

Phone
(03) 5989 9011

Features
Licensed Bar
*Wheelchair friendly

Chef(s)
Phil Wood

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.