You'd be forgiven for thinking that you've stepped into the Hampton's on walking through East in Mt Martha's doors. With an interior worthy of a Vogue Living cover, the venue itself is white, bright and oozes style and elegance.
On this very special occasion of a girlfriend's 30th, being a large group, we shared a set menu of charred corn with capsicum juice, aioli and herb oil, East house bread with smoked cultured butter, Pork hock with char sui, kimchi, apple and prickly ash rice cracker, and to top it all off, generous bowls of French fries.
The charred corn came out looking about as elegant as the venue. However, whilst the corn cob itself was cooked and dressed to perfection, the salad underneath was slightly underwhelming (confirmed by the platefuls left behind from our large group of diners) and was verging on sour instead of the tart sweetness that I assume the pomegranate was trying to achieve.
The pork hock, however, was exceptional - juicy tender meat which just fell off the bone, paired with a unique array of tastes and textures to keep the palate excited. The house made fennel bread was also an exquisite touch, with its complimentary flavours pairing well with the pork.
And the chips? Well let's just say they are the best bowl of chips I have had in a while.
Situated across from the beach on the Esplanade in Mount Martha, it's the perfect spot (and well worth the drive) for a long Sunday lunch even in the colder months.
Verdict - Love: get around to trying it soon.
464 Esplanade, Mount Martha