Lamb Shank Special, 33AUD
Had dinner at Mediterraneo Ristorante for our last night in Mornington. There and then we had a mini belated birthday celebration for Abe. The look of his surprised face is pretty fun to watch! Mediterraneo Ristorante is a family owned business and their rated as one of the top restaurants in Mornington. I know I kept writing posts on ‘one of the top’ restaurants in Melbourne. That’s because I did my research alright! Gotta make full use of my time here to eat the best out of the best first.
The Lamb Shank Special wasn’t listed in the menu. It was a chef’s special for that particular day. It was so tender and the meat absorbs the sauce perfectly. The sides are mashed potato and some mixed vegetables. It was worth every penny! Jan totally made the right choice of ordering the Lamb Shank.
Didn’t try this one but it looks so GOOD?! The eye fillet is accompanied with pepper mushrooms, garlic butter italian potatoes and sauteed vegetables.
One of the best bruschetta I’ve ever tried. Well.. the tomato salsa is pretty standard but the woodfire bread is just spectacular. We ordered two bruschettas to share for eight.
Risotto Anatra, S:18AUD/M:24AUD
Rach got a medium sized Risotto. This is a unique risotto or as I would call it, the Chinese Risotto. Mediterraneo Ristorante used bok choy, roasted duck, coriander, button mushrooms, several herbs, garlic and ginger. Yup, Chinese interpretation of an Italian dish.
Linguine Marinara, S:27AUD/M:33AUD
The birthday boy ordered a mix of Linguine with fresh prawn cutlets, calamari, fish fillets, scallops, blue swimmer crab, garlic, chili and olive oil. Its a seafood pasta platter! Talk about seafood, I’m currently on a seafood diet. Believe me or not, I see food and I eat it.
Ok… Did you catch my pun?
Fettuccine Carbonara S:16AUD/M:22AUD
I wanted to have some carbs that night so I ordered Fettuccine Carbonara, my favourite pasta option. Desmond ordered the same one too! We both ordered medium sized carbonara. The amount of that pasta is bigger than it looks. I finished mine and Desmond only finished about half?! Who’s the man now?! *Grinnnn* Don’t flare at me if you read this. Anyhoo, the pasta presentation was really ugly but hey it tastes good so I’m not complaining. Carbonara is still best with fettuccine or linguine after all. Ingredients here include Mediterraneo Ristorante’s house cured pancetta (aka pork belly), garlic, cream, egg yolk and some black pepper on top of the fettuccine.
We ordered two whole pizzas to share too! So we got a slice of each pizza per person. I’ve not tasted a really good pizza in Melbourne yet, this one is pretty alright as well. Again, its not spectacular. The Calabrese contains hot salami, black olives, fresh tomato, onions and some pesto.
Al Pizzaiolo, 23AUD
I never liked my camera taking low light shots on food. I think taking pictures in daylight is the best. Look how colour saturated this pizza looked?
In any case, both pizzas taste rather similar and I can’t tell a difference on what is what. Al Pizzaiolo has prosciutto (aka parma ham), roasted capsicum, goats cheese and pesto. Pesto is really addictive and its that kind of food where I’ll never get sick of. Don’t you agree?
Pretty angry talking about pesto. I dropped my pesto bowl on my carpet floor earliertoday. Ugh!!!
Mediterraneo Ristorante’s service is pretty good as well. You can even BYO alcohol here. The exterior layout of the Mediterraneo Ristorante is pretty dodgy but the interior of it is lovely and we feel so at home when having dinner.
We ended off our chitty chatty conversation with a chocolate cake that Abe adores. Its been a good trip guys! Poker night was so much fun. We should totally do that again someday.
1 Queen Street
Mornington, Victoria 3931
Tel: +(61) 03 5975 5287
Mon to Sat: 5pm-11pm