Linden Tree Restaurant, Red Hill

On a recent girls' trip to Mornington (third time so far), we checked in at Linden Tree Restaurant at Lindenderry. Admittedly it wasn't our first choice but because we had planned the outing just the night before, it was hard getting a booking elsewhere.

After a lovely car ride with the ladies interspersed with worries that petrol was going to run out, we finally arrived at the venue. The entrance was fairly concealed and took us a few extra loops and turns.

We were seated opposite a magnificent view of the vineyard and it immediately set the atmosphere. The three of us must have blurted out 'so fancy!' at almost the same time. Our menus arrived and we were on our way to an anticipated lunch.

soft shell crab
It was funny how all three of us ordered the soft shell crab for entrée. It arrived, exquisitely plated upon a delicate salad and a dash of creamed corn. The crab was a tad over-fried, but still tasty nonetheless. The salad was a light yet refreshing combination of seaweed, pickled ginger and samphire (had to look this one up!) and added a nice contrast to the texture and flavour of the crab.

I ordered the chicken for my main, which was served with scallops, pea ravioli, selected vegetables and a kaffir lime broth. There were too many elements in the dish and I couldn't grasp which was the focus. The chicken was slightly overcooked, but the rest of the dish was pleasant enough. The kaffir lime broth was a nice touch as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed the entrée while the main was a little disappointing, but the view and the atmosphere made up for it. Should I return, I would love to try the pork belly or ocean trout entrées and the blue eye main (had a taste from my friend's plate and it was delicious). And oh, I will definitely make it a point to visit the cellar door next time!

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