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Mornington Peninsula

Port Phillip Estate

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Port Phillip Estate
263 Red Hill Road,
Red Hill South VIC 3937

(03) 5989 4444

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Opening Hours:
Lunch: Wed-Sun
and public holidays
Dinner: Fri-Sat

Bookings recommended


If you find yourself on the Mornington Peninsula and fancy an experience of 'the good life', head to the monumental 'rammed-earth' fortress of Port Philip Estate for some vegan fine dining while gazing out at the coastal views of Westernport Bay and Bass Strait.

While the Port Philip Estate dining room is far from being an all vegan establishment, they do cater for vegans and manage well with last minute bookings (we booked online only 3 hours in advance and made sure to advise them of our vegan ways).

For our first course, we were presented with a salad of heritage vegetables, including roasted beetroot, local heirloom carrots, baby radish, ancient grains, micro herbs, dijon vinaigrette and olive oil powder (we'd never heard of it either). To follow up, the chef prepared semolina crusted soy bean fillets (the word 'tofu' just doesn't cut it), tomato relish stuffed zucchini flowers, roasted local tomatoes, olive tapenade and herbs from the in-house kitchen garden. 

To accompany the main meal, we shared some 'roasted Hawke's potatoes (from Boneo) with parsley and confit garlic', along with 'wilted organic baby kale with espelette' (which I discovered is a type chilli cultivated in the French village of Espelette).

Dessert was a shared vegan 'Knickerbocker' - sorbet from local cherries and raspberries a top of fresh strawberries, raspberries, mulberries on a base of strawberry jelly (from agar), topped with crunchy almond praline.

Prices are $85 per person for three courses and $68 per person for two courses. The two shared accompaniments were no extra cost.

 
Port Phillip Estate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Gorgelicious Store

Cafe, Fructose free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Mornington Peninsula, Organic, Red HillThe Good Hearted2 Comments

The Gorgelicious Store
1008 Mornington Flinders Rd
Red Hill
VIC 3937

(Opposite Red Hill Consolidated School)
(03) 5989 2680

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Opening Hours:
7 days
8am -4.30pm


Gone are the days of mixed lollies, newspapers and white bread; the old Red Hill milkbar is now home to The Gorgelicious Store, a vegan friendly cafe opposite Red Hill Consolidated School.

Whilst the vegan options at The Gorgelicious Store are not overwhelming, we still think they deserve props as a regional cafe for having some vegan options (and frankly, for knowing the definition of the word!). They also donate all of their tips to Save a horse Australia, a group rehabilitating unwanted, neglected, abused and slaughter-bound horses.

There are no straight up vegan breakfast options, although they were happy to modify the 'Thyme Mushrooms' ($13.50), with field mushrooms sauteed with thyme on toast, with avocado in lieu of feta. The serving was a little small but the flavours were good. Avocado, thyme field mushrooms, wilted baby spinach and slow roasted tomatoes are all available as sides ($4 each), so you could build your own vegan breakfast. 

Vegan lunch items include an 'Earth Burger on Rice Noodle Salad' ($17.50 GF) with a spiced tempeh, brown rice and chia burger served on a rice noodle salad with asian herbs. It was very fresh, but there is a lot of rice noodle salad and it could really do with some more flavour, maybe the inclusion of a spicy sauce would do the trick. A 'Red Lentil Dahl' ($14.50) served with raita and pappadams is another vegan lunch option.

The coffee is pretty good, but as with all soy milk coffee, it'd be vastly improved with the use of Bonsoy. There's a good chance you'll find a vegan sweet on offer too. When we visited last we enjoyed some delightful raw fruit and nut balls.

While you're in the area, head a few doors down to Red Hill Nourish for a decent selection of vegan groceries.

 
Gorgelicious Store Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Raw on Rye (Now Closed)

Cafe, Gluten Free, Organic, Raw, Rye, Mornington Peninsula, All VegetarianThe Good HeartedComment

Raw on Rye
2347 Pt Nepean Rd
Rye, Victoria 3941
0418 940 653

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Tue:
9:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: Closed
Thur: 9:30am - 5pm
Fri-Sat: 9am - 7pm
Sun: 9am - 5pm


This cafe is no longer open.

If you're looking for a nutritious feed on the pointy end of the Mornington Peninsula, then Raw on Rye with it's extensive vegan, gluten free and raw menu might just save the day. 

We had lunch on our minds when we visited Raw on Rye, but noted for next time the vegan 'Seasonal fruit waffles' ($11 GF) on offer for breakfast, as well as 'Caramalised buckinis' ($6 GF) which is organic activated buckwheat with raw organic maca powder and your choice of almond or rice milk.

We gave the colourful 'Raw pizza and salad' ($11.50 GF) a whirl, which had a tasty tomato and basil topping with nut cheese, olives and sundried tomato. The broccoli in a tahini sauce was the stand out salad and the 'Raw tortilla wrap' with asparagus, avocado and capsicum filling was a unique take on a safe dish.

The raw vegan 'Quiche & salad' ($14 GF) filled with spinach and nut cheese wasn't available on our visit but sounds very tempting, as does the 'Raw nachos, sprout dip and salad' ($11.50) and the 'Raw cheese platter for 2' ($16) - served with fruit, veg and crackers.

For dessert we had a truly wonderful slice of raw 'Chocolate orange cheesecake' ($7 GF), primarily made of cashews. The 'Raw chocolate mousse' ($7 GF) in an apricot base was richer and heavier and didn't quite compete with the champion cheesecake.

Coffee and a huge range of chai and other teas are on offer, however soy is off the menu. You can have almond or rice milk which doesn't make the creamiest of lattes (in my humble opinion), so perhaps stick with a herbal tea concoction when you visit. While Raw on Rye has taken a soy free stance (even for organic soy), it surprisingly hasn't ditched the dairy which is a bit confusing.

Must Try: The raw cheesecake!

Quirks: Don't come here if you're in a rush (there is actually a warning on the menu about this!)

 

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery (Closed - Replaced by The Dharma Hub)

Cafe, Gluten Free, Mornington Peninsula, Vegan Groceries, Frankston, Raw, South, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted1 Comment

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery
439 Nepean Hwy
Frankston, VIC 3199
03 9783 2899

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10 am - 4 pm
Sun: Closed

Cash Only.


A trip to Frankston to meet a brand new baby boy was the perfect opportunity to also check out the 'much loved by locals' vegetarian cafe Aum Shanti. 

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery has such an earthy, homely feel that you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the main street of Daylesford as opposed to seaside 'Franga'. There is a lovely array of homemade meals and salads to choose from in the glass cabinet, or you can order funky pies ($5.50), wraps ($8), sandwiches ($8-8.50), soup of the day ($9 and always vegan) or a lentil and chickpea burger ($9) off the menu. Sourdough toast is the main vegan breakfast option so you'd be better off making your visit to Aum Shanti a lunch date.

I had a 'Lentil & mushroom shepherds pie' with a scoop of quinoa salad ($12, GF) and it was a truly comforting homemade meal. The quinoa salad had a great crunch thanks to the addition of toasted seeds. A non vegan friend also partook in this dish and was as equally impressed.

There are plenty of vegan sweets on offer including lemon melting moments ($2), Mr Nice Guy cupcakes ($4.50), an assortment of chocolates, and some raw desserts by Naked Treaties. We gave the raw choc mint slice ($7) a whirl and it was reminiscent of the peppermint and chocolate layer cake at Shoku Iku - very rich so ideal to share. The Nickers Bar ($4) - a raw, vegan, sugar free 'snickers', was an ideal accompaniment to my soy latte ($4 - includes 50c soycharge). If soy milk isn't your thing, you can also have your coffee made with organic rice or almond milk, which will also attract an extra 50 cents - as does organic coffee.

Along with being a great lunch place, Aum Shanti stocks a few vegan products which you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else on the peninsula.

Notzarella, Castlemaine dips, Sweet Freedom 'vegan honey', Plamil organic chocolate spread, vegan jelly crystals and vegan condensed milk are among the loot. This cafe is a shining light in Frankston, and we're sure it will continue to be for many years to come.