Set against the backdrop of luxury yachts at Marina Martha Cove, Martha’s Table is a unique Mediterranean-inspired culinary destination, just a short drive from the picturesque Mornington Peninsula wine region.
The interior is a visual delight and boasts a restaurant, aperitivo bar and wine cellar as well as a providore, known as The Grocer.
The restaurant menu is centred around the wood-fired grill, which produces dishes such as Pork belly with brussels sprouts and quince puree, Market fish with seaweed and kohlrabi and Grass-fed rib eye with jus and dijon mustard. The menu also features a selection of specialty risottos and handmade pastas including Barolo risotto, oyster mushroom and mascarpone, Tortellino of wagyu beef cheek with St David milk foam and Torello Farm parsnip, and Squid ink spaghetti with crab butter, sea urchin and chervil.
The drinks menu at Arthur’s Bar is a journey through Italian classics, as well as signature aperitivi such as the Vino Veritas with elderflower, Aperol and pinot grigio topped with bitter lemon and soda water, or the Envy cocktail with handmade lemon sorbet whisked with gin and topped with prosecco and rosemary. The wine list showcases local producers from the Mornington Peninsula as well as Australian and European varieties.
Seasoned professional Marco Faraone brings a wealth of hospitality experience to Martha’s Table as food and beverage director. His impressive 20-year career has spanned London and Europe and most notably, he founded The Island on Sydney harbour’s historic Cockatoo Island.
Marco says Martha’s Table brings the allure of the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle to the waterways of Martha’s Cove, just minutes from one of Australia’s premium wine growing regions.
“The venue offers something truly unique. You can moor your yacht or motor boat at our private berth, settle in for a long lunch in our restaurant, or perch yourself at our bar for a classic Italian cocktail and share plates and then pick up some supplies from our providore Grocer before you set sail,” says Marco.
“The contemporary Mediterranean menu created by our head chef Vincenzo Ursini boasts an abundant selection of the freshest produce from local artisan producers and farmers within the region and the kitchen is a visual delight as diners can watch the chefs on the Mediterranean grill, as well as the abundant fresh seafood on display in the restaurant.”
Abruzzo born Vincenzo Ursini started his career under Michelin-starred chef, Niko Romito, in Italy. Moving to Australia in 2012, he was part of the team that opened the Epicurean in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula and more recently worked with Andrew McConnell at Cutler & Co, Cumulus Inc and Supernormal in Melbourne.
The venue was designed by award-winning interior designer, Melissa Collison, who has created some of Australia’s most eye-catching restaurants including Rosetta Ristorante in Sydney and Sake in Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
The restaurant is elegant in its aesthetic with a mid-green and deep blue colour palette representative of the waters of Martha’s Cove. Raw concrete pillars, timber rattan and exquisite tiling, including a bespoke octopus mosaic inspired by Pompeii, are notable features of the design.
Sandstone, marble and leather are heroed in the decor for the Grocer and Cellar. The Grocer boasts a walk-in cheese and charcuterie room that holds a range of premium local and international cheeses and cured meats and also offers a daily takeaway menu with a range of artisan products including handmade pastas and sauces and Italian-style baked goods such as pizzettas, calzones and pastries.
The Cellar offers a curated selection of wine from the Mornington Peninsula, as well as an impressive array of quality Australian and European varieties.
Martha’s Table is just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD and just a short drive/minutes from many of the Mornington Peninsula’s best wineries and cellar doors. For visitors wishing to travel by boat, Martha’s Table is 25 nautical miles from Melbourne and offers guests a private berth if you are dining in the restaurant.
Address: 5 Waterfront Place, Safety Beach, VIC, 3936
Restaurant: Thursday – Sunday: Lunch and Dinner
Arthur’s Bar: Monday – Wednesday: 11.30am – 9pm
The Grocer: 8am – 8pm (Daily)