A sprawling restaurant serving seafood and local Mornington Peninsula beer and wine right on the foreshore.
Just one hour and 20 minutes. That's all it takes to get out of the CBD and land smack bang in Sorrento to enjoy some beachside bliss at Morgan's.
Located on Sorrento's esplanade, the waterside venue — which encompasses a restaurant and an adjoining wine store and bar — looks out over Port Phillip Bay. Needless to say, it's an ideal spot to lose a few hours on a summer afternoon.
Maintaining its limestone portico, the casual seaside feel is not lost in Morgan's crisp timber interiors. The restaurant boasts an expansive outdoor deck with festoon lighting, cosy lounges and views of the bay that really let you absorb all the benefits of being out of the city and on the peninsula.
Cast your eyes away from the view for a minute to scout out the fresh seafood-based menu. It's hard to go past straight-up fish and chips here, but you can also get your seafood in the form of blue swimmer crab san choy bow ($24), salt cod fritters ($18), or the seared ocean trout with spicy tamarind caramel ($38).
To drink, refreshing cocktails include a classic Tommy's margarita ($22), or choose from a list of local wine and beers.
For a full range of Mornington Peninsula tipples, head next door to the wine store. A sophisticated step up from the beach shack, Morgan's Wine Store and Ale House is akin to a laneway bar in Melbourne's CBD – just with a bluer view. Order a grazing plate, a local vino, and settle in for the night. Or, alternatively, you can grab a bottle to take away.
Like we said, only one hour and 20 minutes away. Weekend plans, sorted.
Images three and four: The Edible Image. Updated: December 18, 2019.