Port Phillip Estate

Outstanding ideas, classic technique... Port Phillip Estate.
Outstanding ideas, classic technique... Port Phillip Estate. Photo: Supplied

263 Red Hill Rd Red Hill South, VIC 3937

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Opening hours Mon-Sun 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Features Accepts bookings, Accommodation, Business lunch, Events, Gluten-free options, Green-eco focus, Groups, Licensed, Long lunch, Open fire, Outdoor seating, Private dining, Views, Wheelchair access, Degustation, Family friendly, Romance-first date
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Stuart Deller
Seats 85
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone (03) 5989 4444

With one of Australia’s great architectural reveals as a greeting, Port Phillip Estate promises much. And with new chef Stuart Deller in the kitchen, the food delivers on the pledge, with outstanding ideas wrought into tasty and satisfying dishes. A breathtakingly pretty blue-eye dish almost outdoes the view towards Western Port: classic technique shines through in the golden crisped skin, pearly flesh and shimmering onion consomme, while a meandering eye for local bounty sees samphire and nasturtium scattered over the plate. A duck dish is a similar balance of light and shade, with carved breast blushing over a melange of shredded leg meat, pert peas and sticky jus. Desserts do a clever dance of textures and flavours: a parfait of caramelised white chocolate plays off an almond tuile and frisky fennel sorbet. White tablecloths, weighty cutlery, proper glassware and confident, well-drilled service further signal that this is a classy operation.

And … The cellar door offers bistro lunches from Saturday to Tuesday.

Best bit The view.
Worst bit With so many wines to try, you'll need a designated driver.