If you’re enjoying the spring air and sunshine on the Mornington Peninsula, why don’t you take a break for lunch and head over to Avani Wines? This award-winning winery has partnered up with Chef Harry Mangat from Biji Dining to create a special lunch experience. Enjoy this Spring Series pop-up every weekend, from now until the end of December.
At this curated Spring Series, you’ll enjoy a four-coursed shared menu. Feast on dishes like Naga pork sausage with pickled onion and mint, Kashmiri lamb harissa with pine nuts, pickled currants and smoked red capsicum, and Chana dal and methi roti with cashew cream and masala. Finish the meal with dessert – a yoghurt custard parfait served with chamomile and burnt ginger marshmallow. Along with your meal, you’ll sip on a wide range of cool-climate wines from Avani.
“Avani Wines holds a special place in my heart and I feel very lucky to be returning to this beautiful place,” said Harry. “There’s no better place to source ingredients such as wild fennel, nasturtium, wattleseed and wild garlic than right here in their biodynamic vineyard.”
To prepare for this lunch series, Harry spent time both at Avani Wines and around Mornington Peninsula, foraging and sourcing ingredients to create the menu. As you go through each course, you’ll explore the regions of India, and sample dishes inspired by his travels and childhood memories. The Spring Series costs $95 per person.
This pop-up series will also have guest chefs, arriving for a special one-off lunch. Guest chefs include Zackary Furst (Bar Liberty), Ross Magnave (SERAI), Charlie Carrington (Atlas Dining), Simone Watts (Barragunda) and Jack Shaw and Ellie Bouhadana (Hope Street Radio). These one-off lunches will set you back $120 per person.
As we move on through spring and into summer, the ingredients on the menu will evolve to reflect the changing seasons. Bookings for lunch are available now.