During the weekend, two girlfriends and I went to Mornington Peninsula to indulge in a day of luxury. We were booked in for a private kodo hot stones massage at 8am, and as we arrived half an hour early, we leisurely changed into our bathrobes and sipped on fancy tea and lounged in their waiting room. As it was my first time going for a professional massage, I was a little nervous because I didn't know what to expect. However, when my lovely therapist came to get me and explained the process, I knew that it was going to be a wonderful experience. It was 75 minutes of pure relaxation and I found myself unable to think of anything else but to relax. When it ended I really felt like I was walking on clouds. I can't wait to go for another massage!
After spending some time soaking in the hot springs, we made our way to lunch at Ten Minutes By Tractor, Main Ridge. When we arrived, we were escorted to our table which had a marvellous view of the vineyard despite the gloomy weather. We were all so excited about trying out their food, especially since we had all been dreaming of lunch three hours before.
I decided on the seared tuna (top left) for entree while both my girlfriends decided on the smoked quail (bottom left). Although the tuna was soft and light, I was left a little disappointed, as its pairing with the chargrilled vegetables and romesco was a little ordinary. However, I did have a taste of the smoked quail and it was tender and flavoursome.
For our mains, we each decided on different dishes. I went for the roasted hapuka (top right), while my girlfriends had the wallaby (middle right) and the pork belly (bottom right). The hapuka was delicious, warm and fresh. It was beautifully complemented with a generous amount of leek veloute, a seared scallop and bacon garnish to finish off. However, the serving was so large that I couldn't bring myself to order dessert at that point. A decision that I regretted.
All in all, it was a lovely dining experience and I would definitely come back to explore the rest of the menu, especially their desserts. Although service wasn't the quickest, it was evenly paced out and contributed to a very relaxing afternoon. Definitely make this restaurant a part of your itinerary if you're spending some time in Mornington!