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Wildgrain Mornington

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published February 26th 2020
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With impressive reviews since opening on January 21st this year, I had to put this place on my WeekendNotes Go-To list! Afterall, how could I not share the love with all of my loyal subscribers who have encouraged me to keep doing what I truly love?

Whether it's ducking in for a takeaway coffee before work, brunch with the girls, a business lunch, date night with a special person, or a cheeky martini... Wildgrain is ticking all the boxes.

Whilst teething problems are generally a given when it comes to opening a new venture, Wildgrain Mornington seems to be the exception.

The exterior doesn't give anything away

When I first noticed the restaurant's name was Wildgrain, I assumed it was a reflection of the offerings found inside. Perhaps vegan/vegetarian or raw food, but I was mistaken. The name was in fact chosen because of the building's heritage, a former grain store. Funnily enough, my first impression of the interior of the restaurant & cafe when I walked in was immediately 'this looks like it's straight out of the pages of Country Style magazine!

It's stunning! A white, bright and airy space that's divided into three sections of seating that is pretty, yet functional. Every little detail seems considered. Fresh flowers, a wall of vintage mirrors, lots of greenery, and effortless vintage charm oozes from every corner. Despite a full house when we visited for lunch, the ambience was lovely.

Unfortunately my iPhone camera does not do this place justice

Staff are attentive, friendly, well presented and were more than happy to accommodate our dietary requirements. The one thing I would've liked to have seen, so we didn't need to ask the dreaded question no waitress/waiter wants to hear "Are there any gluten-free options?" would be to list all menu offerings with a GF- gluten-free or DF - dairy-free that are applicable, because there were dishes on the menu that were naturally suitable for people with allergies/intolerances.

Whilst the full menu can be viewed here, I have compiled a small list of offerings below.
Breakfast menu includes:
*Organic coconut, pear bircher - caramelised yoghurt, almonds, fruits, chia $15
*Egg & bacon burger- hollandaise, jalapeno manchego pesto $16
*Goats cheese omelette - egg whites, grilled broccolini, peas,tarragon $20
*Cured king salmon bowl - salted parsnip, pear, slow poached egg $22

Or simply toast with marmalade and strawberry compotes $7

Lunch menu includes:
Wildgrain black angus beef burger -tomato, pickle, lettuce, cheese, shoestring fries $23
Chimichurri prawns - fried grains, cashew, spring onion, egg roll $28
Vegetarian board - house pickles, grilled sourdough,
vegan cheese, potato fritters, fruit $16/$28
Exotic mushroom baguette - bacon, parmesan, sesame, onion $21
Salt & pepper calamari - shaved bonito, lime, aioli $15/$27

Dinner menu includes:
Oysters Shucked to order -Choice of natural, kilpatrick, pickle & hot sauce $4 each
*Cheese & meat board - locally sourced cold meats, assorted cheeses, pickles, dark chocolate, grilled sourdough $16/$28
Turmeric poached market fish - dill, peas, spring onion, kombucha cream $23
Crispy fried tofu - greens, fermented chilli, cashews $19
Chilli clams - lemongrass, butter, baguette $26
Grilled sesame cabbage - stracciatella, fennel, citrus, parsley, pickled egg yolk $28

Naturally, don't forget the sweets and drinks list! Cocktails seemed to be the order of the day with patrons yesterday, despite it being a midweek lunch. They must be good!

Selection of sweet treats

Google reviews rate Wildgrain at an impressive 4.9 out of a possible 5.
Diana says - "Beautifully renovated and very attentive and friendly staff. The food is pretty special too."
Helen says - "I heard about Wild grain through word of mouth and definitely wasn't disappointed."
Kieran says "Amazing food! Very reasonably priced! New Fav."
Libby says - "Fantastic vegan options, friendly staff and beautiful decor.'

Facebook reviews rate this place 5 out of 5.
Judy says "Service, food, wine and atmosphere was fantastic loved the experience."
Quintin says "Great decor, yummy food and good coffee for Post-gym coffees."
Michelle says "Dinner at Wildgrain was truly brilliant."

I'm sure you'd agree that's an impressive round-up of comments for a cafe/restaurant that's been open for little over one month now.

After my first visit with a friend for lunch, I was very impressed with the hospitality, quality of food, and cafe priced food for restaurant-quality dishes. I truly hope this place continues to shine.

Next time you're in Mornington, why not take the time to visit Wildgrain, and share your thoughts below with the WeekendNotes community, so we can enjoy the best places together!

The bar drinks list

This is a completely independent review of Wildgrain. I did not get paid to endorse this cafe, nor did I receive any free meals/drinks. I'm a paying customer who writes these articles simply to share the love, and to support local community businesses.

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Why? Great food and service
When: Open Tue - Sun 7am till late
Phone: 03 5902 8661
Where: 1 Blamey Place Mornington, Victoria
Cost: Reasonably priced menu
Your Comment
What an amazing selection. No wonder it looks packed
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3018) 521 days ago
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