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.
After extended COVID lockdowns, Martha’s Table will reopen its doors late October and just in time for summer.
The superbly designed and curated interior boasts a restaurant, aperitivo bar and wine cellar, as well as a providore, known as The Grocer. Newly appointed Executive Chef Adam Beckett has created a contemporary Mediterranean menu that is centred around the wood-fired grill.
The menu features 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, as well as 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 hospitality professional Tamas Palmer brings a wealth of hospitality experience to Martha’s Table as group food and beverage director. His impressive 20-year career has spanned America, Europe and Australia and most notably, he was head of culinary operations across food and beverage for the InterContinental Hotels Group in Sydney.
Tamas says Martha’s Table brings the allure of the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle to the waterways of Martha 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 Tamas.
“The contemporary Mediterranean menu created by our executive chef boasts an abundant selection of the freshest produce from local artisan producers and farmers within the region. Diners can enjoy the activity of chefs on the Mediterranean-style wood-fired grill, as well as the abundant fresh seafood on display in the restaurant.”
Formerly Executive Chef at Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill, Adam Beckett brings a wealth of experience to his role as executive chef, having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, as well as notable 3-hatted Australian restaurants: Quay in Sydney and Vue de monde in Melbourne. He also worked at the two-hatted Paringa Estate in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, which earned its first hat while he was head chef.
Adam says: “I am thrilled to be joining the Martha’s Table team as I’m a huge fan of the Mornington Peninsula and all it has to offer, including an abundance of local producers, fresh seafood and world-class wines, all on our doorstep.”
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 Saké 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 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 pasta 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.
5 Waterfront Place, Safety Beach VIC 3936
Restaurant – Thursday to Sunday: Lunch and Dinner
Arthur’s Bar – Monday to Wednesday: 11.30am–9pm
The Grocer – 8am–8pm (Daily)
Images: Jake Roden