After years of enduring lockdowns (how tired are you of that sentence?), CAPE, the hotly anticipated restaurant in Mornington has finally opened its doors. Helmed by Michelin trained, French born, Chef Clavaron, this restaurant is certainly worth the drive down to the Peninsula.
And because it’s perched alongside RACV’s Cape Schnack Resort, why not stay the night too?
Design & Fitout
The space is simply incredible — designed by Woods Marsh, the floor to ceiling windows offering sweeping vistas of the Bass Straight and native vegetation. Cozy up as you watch the talented chefs perform through the open plan kitchen that stretches the length of the interior.
Food & Beverage
A seasonal tasting menu that’s dependent on fresh ingredients, CAPE offers what was one of our best dining experiences in the last couple of years. Modern and contemporary, with local produce sourced from small scale growers is prepared and plated to perfection.
Expect local wines paired to your tasting menu by the Head Sommelier. We opted for half glasses as the night was long, very long. Luckily we were able to stay the night in the hotel. The 2016 Circe ‘Hillcrest Road’ Pinot Noir from Red Hill is one of the highlights on the extensive wine menu.
Chef Clavaron is a third generation chef hailing just outside of Paris. He has grown up around food his entire life, with his father who is also a Michelin starred chef — so naturally, he followed in his footsteps.
The service was impeccable, each meal was explained in detail before the servers hurried away.
“One of the most important things is the story and history behind a dish. This is why we love talking to people during each course, because we want their experience to be fun and insightful – we love creating a sense of theater for them. I want to show people the amazing food we have here on the Mornington Peninsula and the things that can be done with it,” Chef Clavaron said.
Intimate, contemporary, memorable. These are only a handful of words to describe CAPE. While we’re generally not fans of large resorts, it’s undeniable that RACV have done something great with the addition of CAPE. A restaurant seriously worthy of a special occasion, book a table here.