As you enter the Epicurean you are presented with the Bakery – where a wood fired oven cooks the best local breads (and an easy rival to some of Melbourne’s finest). This is the perfect spot to do a spot of shopping or stop for a coffee and a quick bite. Head down the hall passed the Bakery into the Shed – a massive space which offers relaxed dinning with an attention to culinary detail – it’s the Mornington Peninsula’s most innovative and exciting gourmet destination.
The Shed is a huge space with three open fires, a wood fired pizza oven, two function rooms to the side, a back area with some grass and a combination of seating: bar, lounge and table. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and walk in dinning (although large groups can make reservations) the Epicurean’s Shed is the kind of space you can pop into for a quick visit or settle in for the long haul!
For the kids there is a couple of buckets of toys, pencils and colouring in books and a dedicated kids menu. However with pizza on the menu it’s easy to bypass the kid’s menu and pick and choose dishes to share from the main menu. And if you have little ones who would rather be climbing or playing ball the space out the back has two areas of undercover table seating (with outdoor heating) that is a great spot for families.
Inside is also very family friendly as the generous proportions mean that if it’s not busy there is enough space for everyone to spread out – and if it is busy, well then it’s noisy enough to drown out any mini meltdown, so whilst the food and presentation are high quality – the relaxed vibe ensures it’s not intimidating. The Sunday we popped in for an afternoon coffee one of the function spaces had been taken over by a large group, including lots of toddlers and babies, all looking very content.
Local produce features highly, from cheese and wines through to ingredients on the menu. Possibly the only downside is it’s hugely popular (so while we lucked a spot both times easily I can imagine others haven’t been so lucky). Oh and did I mention the cheese room? Did I tell you about the herb gardens in the middle of the room? Could this place be any cooler?