1208 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Main Ridge, VIC
03 5931 0155
With panoramic views, sublime combinations of flavours and textures, an amazing wine list, and professional but relaxed service, La Pétanque has become a destination on the Mornington Peninsula.
Owners, Philippe and Judy Marquet, set off a culinary storm in Main Ridge, picking up a Chef’s Hat in 2012 and 2013 along the way. Chef Daniel Kerekes knows how to turn locally grown produce into meals sublime in flavor and texture. The results are stunning, bringing spice and complexity to south of France flavors.
The fusion is surprising, such as the fricassée of langoustines, lamb sweetbreads, cauliflower cream, capers, seeds, honey, xeres and elderberry vinaigrette. Immersed in nature, the restaurant is overlooking the estate vineyard, a nearby olive grove and the Pétanque pitch (The Provençal game of Boule).
Set on a beautiful original winery, the twenty-acre property has you feeling you could be in Tuscany or in Provence. The original horse stable has been extended opening the dining room to panoramic views and has become the perfect place for a leisurely dining experience.
Philippe was born in Paris and grew up helping in his parent’s Boulangerie patisserie. After traveling overseas for a few years, he returned to France and worked in some of the most prestigious Michelin’s star restaurants in Paris and in Provence. Some of the more well known being Lasserre and Les Ambassadeurs in the Hotel de Crillon Paris, La Mirande in Avignon and Les Bories in Gordes.
Philippe had the chance to work along some of the most influential chefs of his generation, to name a few; Christian Constant ** Michelin at the Hotel de Crillon, Eric Fréchon *** Michelin at the Bristol Hotel and Yves Candeborde celebrity chef and Masterchef Judge in Paris and Roger Verger ** Michelin at the Moulin de Mougins and Philippe Calandri at Les Bories in Gordes Provence.
The cuisine is inspired by the season. The menu reflects on locally grown fruit and vegetables, with the addition of soft herbs and flowers from the restaurant’s organic garden.
Head Chef Daniel Kerekes latest creations are the quail and duck foie gras terrine, with baby endive and spiced poultry reduction, the Jerusalem artichoke with foraged wild mushrooms, shallots confit, and hazelnut foam and the Port Phillip Bay snapper with cannellini bean and parsnip purée, Tahiti vanilla and saffron emulsion, the soft centered 70% cacao Valrhona Chocolate moelleux, with praline hazelnut, dates and malt ice cream or the rhubarb confit, raspberries, Tahiti vanilla crème patissière and Jasmine rice ice-cream.
The Wine list is equally impressive with an eclectic selection of local gems, iconic Australian, New Zealand and French wines. La Pétanque won the prestigious Gourmet Traveller Best Regional Wine List of the Year 2009. The home wares and fashion boutique ‘La Petanque Living’, originally in the cottage at the front of the property, has been relocated to 138 (Rear) Main Street, Mornington.