Herself and I had a girls day out to-day. We drove to Mornington. First of all, we stopped for lunch at the Bay Hotel. You can see the bistro section - which was beautifully warm and toasty - on the right of the collage above.
We checked out the menu:
We had certainly picked our day because we were able to avail ourselves of the Monday/Tuesday Special which meant that if we picked a "starred" item we got it for $15 with a complimentary glass of wine. I know I don't dine out often these days, Trad Padders, but I hadn't come across a cleverly marked menu such as this. Along with the stars, the menu sported tiny 'v's for vegetarian and 'gf's for gluten free. I am vegetarian and I appreciated this thoughtful touch and I am sure the gluten free brigade would too.
I ordered Mediterranean Pappardelle which, ordinarily according to the menu, has chicken. I asked for the dish without the chicken and they were happy to oblige. So my pappardelle came with roasted vegetables, pan seared with olive oil, tossed through the pappardelle and sprinkled with feta and toasted pine nuts. Herself - who is a carnivore - ordered the Hopkins River Beef Burger. I didn't have the wine. Herself had mine and I had a coke. She seemed well pleased with her vino. I noted that The Bay promotes local Mornington Peninsula wines with other Australian wines bringing up the rear. So, as you can see, we had good provender.
If you want to get the rest of the story about what we did in Mornington, please go here.