Coming Soon: Colt Dining by Matt Fallon Is Set to Showcase the Bounty of the Mornington Peninsula
Acclaimed chef Matt Fallon returns to his roots with this contemporary Australian restaurant that pays homage to locally sourced ingredients.
September 19, 2023
When you think of the Mornington Peninsula, images of stunning beaches, wineries and charming towns might float into your mind. But there's something new to get excited about in the region: Colt Dining, an upcoming restaurant from acclaimed chef Matt Fallon that will open on Friday, October 6.
After having life-saving brain surgery in 2019, Fallon made the decision to pack up his Byron Bay digs and head home to create the restaurant he's always dreamed of. The result? Colt Dining, which will showcase the best of what the Mornington Peninsula has to offer, with dishes made with seasonal ingredients from the region's farms, gardens and waters.
From a menu that will go big on woodfired dishes and modern Australian flavours, highlights include barramundi wrapped in steamed kelp; Otway shiitake mushrooms over charcoal flames, then paired with pumpkin seed miso for a nice fusion of earthy flavours; pressed brisket accompanied by deep notes of black garlic; and crisp toast topped with succulent yabbie, crowned with a zesty sprinkle of native pepper.
In a 95-person space that will boast a 70s-inspired fitout, plus booths inside and a breezy outdoor terrace, there's also a focus on wine and cocktails. Low-intervention drops from the region will sit alongside old-world tipples, while a selection of "otherworldy" cocktails will be curated by beverage manager Zac Abbot.
Fallon says he wants Colt Dining to be a place where people can come together to enjoy good food, drinks and company. "The vision is simple — we want to give Mornington high-quality, accessible dining, driven by love for local produce, foraging and growing our own food."
"Colt's style of cuisine will be that of a pared-back yet refined dining experience, without labels of fusion or rustic or any other boxes people like to put restaurants in."
Colt Dining is set to open at 9a Main Street, Mornington on Friday, October 6.
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