Publican Mornington

4.2
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$40 and under
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Asian

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This iconic venue has undergone an enormous transformation to become the all new Publican.
Located in the heart of Main Street just minutes from the beach, we bring a unique dining experience to the Mornington Peninsula.
'Ms Banks' dining hall features our all new modern Asian Fusion menu. Try our new Lunch Delish menu, or visit on Wednesdays from 5pm for a special Date Night offering 2-4-1 Banquets! Or on Thursdays from 5pm for our $15.00 Curry Club specials. Our Weekend Yum Cha running on both Saturday AND Sunday's is the best yet! All you eat Dumplings and al carte sides for just $34.90!
The Banquet menu is available upon request & all dietary requirements are catered for. Plus the Publican offers the very best in cocktails, spirits and craft beers.
Functions and private events can be catered for in a variety of spaces. There is nothing we haven't catered for. From 21st Birthdays to 60th Birthday parties. From Engagement parties to the wedding and reception itself!

Special Offers

Dumpling House - $10 (4)

10 varieties of Dumplings to choose from

Terms and Conditions: Available from 11.30am to 2.00pm

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 17 October 2019

Ends: 17 March 2020

Availability: Sun 11:30-14:00
Sat 11:30-14:00

What 97 People Are Saying
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D
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

It was a nice dining experience. Food were very tasting and fresh. Comprehensive menu with great options. They cater for allergies and have a great vegan offering. I found the bottle of Prosecco a bit dearer and the ambience although very relaxing it was very noisy for a couple to enjoy a nice.

MB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Overall we really enjoyed it. unbelievable value with the birthday $100 voucher !!! Food was excellent. Service was friendly and good. the only thing I would say is that it was all or nothing with the service...We found ourselves either looking for someone at times or they were there and taking things from our table without us realising , before we were finished ! But this wasn't really an issue, just a bit more attention to details could be given in this area but we all enjoyed our night and we would definitely dine here again.

S
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

I’ve been to Publican a few times and the food were amazing! The last time I dined in I was disappointed with the food it’s the dishes we ordered were Salty.

I thought I give it another chance and recently dined in there with a group of friends and they thought the same as I did. The presentation is great but the food was a bit disappointing.

SW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Thanks so much for the generous gift voucher for my birthday!

K
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overall our experience was ok but we wouldn’t not do the yumcha option again. Not all dishes came to the table and then there was a long wait in between requesting the dishes that we (my husband and children) liked to be brought to the table. We had to request these numerous times. We saw other tables with pork buns and different dumplings and noodles which we weren’t offered to have. Also one lot of scallop dumplings were cold in the middle.

D
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic good really tasty and good value for what you get definitely going back for yum Cha again

LG
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Funky and cool looking place, perfect ambience to have a drink and chat or have a nice dinner. Not sure how loud it gets the later it gets but we were there for dinner and a couple of drinks on a Friday night til about 10.30 and it was great for that. Food was super yummy. Waitresses were lovely. Drinks reasonably priced. I wish they had atleast one sweet wine though! But they have really good cocktails so that’s awesome. Will definitely be back!!

DL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food with a modern Asian influence. Nice vibe although it can get a bit noisy at times when busy.

J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great menu, food and atmosphere. Only downside was that we were seated and the waitress didn’t return to take our order. Had to go to the bar and order.
Otherwise enjoyed the meal and will return

AL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food, great night. A big shout out to Beth who went out of her way to suggest good food and drinks.

RC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience1

The food was excellent (we had the banquet). The wine was icy cold (we shared a bottle of pinot).
I asked the waitresses if they could please turn the music down a bit, it unfortunately didn't happen. We had to speak quite loudly to hear what was been said between the 6 of us and I noticed this happen at quite a few tables.
Whilst we all enjoy music, I'm sure it doesn't have to be played quite so loudly. Disappointing after such a great meal was served.

GM
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

The food we received was sensational. However 4 meals that we ordered didn't arrive until we asked about them twice. One meal finally arrived but not other 3. It was not until a further reminder that the other meals arrived at our table. We had not been there before and felt like there was no explanation as to how the yum cha service actually worked. WE had to ask several times before we actually received some food. We never received any spring rolls and even had to ask for the rice. The staff didn't smile and were definitely not into good customer service. The advertised opening time was 11 but it wasn't even open at our booking time which was 11.30( very disappointing). Our first lot of food didn't arrive at our table till quite a while after 12 but no apologies or anything. In the end we did received the 3 meals complimentary but sadly we would have gladly paid for them to have them arrive on time and without having to constantly ask about them.

T
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

The menu iteself made the food sound amazing and different however the food was quite average and there was not much flavour going on at all. The dumplings we had were like frozen dim sims you get from Coles. Nothing really had much taste. I booked ahead but was sat on stools by the toilets which to me wasn’t a restaurant experience.

CB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good value modern curries we had the green seafood and Malaysia chicken curry. Staff were helpful friendly. Lighting is very dull and menus are hard to read.

WL
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The service provided by the staff was exceptional! They were attentive to our needs at the table. We were there for the all you can eat yum cha but the food quality has lots of room for improvement. I believe most of the steam and fried dumplings wee from frozen packets.

TJ
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food, great music. Had a really good time. Will definitely be going back.

DB
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic and our Irish waitress was the best!

BS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food. We loved it and definitely would go back :)

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Woeful - arrived nearly 2 hours before show - had to call waitress over to finally place order, then with 20 mins spare had to chase down where food was - finally arrived with 10 mins spare ... rice arrived after we had nearly finished curry ..... never ever going there again ..... ever!!!!!

Publican Mornington
Responded on 10 July 2019

We do apologise for your experience on this night. It was obviously a lot busier than anticipated... The staff did their best in that situation, and we have made plans for improvement so that this does not happen again! We do hope you return and try some of our other specials. Yum Cha Saturdays and Sundays are popular and successful! Please feel free to contact the venue so we can accommodate you :)

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DS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date Night on Wednesday. $49 for 2. Amazing value and increible value.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 10 July 2019

Thank you Dave. We love a good Date Night! ;)

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TF
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the ambience and decor. Friendly and attentive staff. Enjoyed the different Asian flavors, especially the Pad Thai. Will definitely come back again to try other food.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 10 July 2019

What a lovely review, Thanks so much! We hope to see you again soon..plenty more to try ;)

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SW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Yum cha was good value for money. Would like to come back and try the normal menu too. Would have liked some more variety in the yum cha dish options.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 10 July 2019

Yes please come and try our full menu! We also run amazing food specials Wednesday through to Yum Cha Sats and Sundays! Check them out on our website :)

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SP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Food Choice Was About The Same Second Time Around But it Was Not Like A Rush With The Banquet It Was Nice To Take Our Time To Eat In In-between The Meals And When The Sunny Cowgirls Came On It Was Fantastic But You Can The People From Bar Having A Chit Chat From That It Was A Really Grate Night Out

Publican Mornington
Responded on 10 July 2019

Thanks Stephen, we definitely hope to see you again soon. We run show every Sunday from 4pm to... so hope to catch you at the next one! :)

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The value for money was great and the food kept coming until we had had enough.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 27 June 2019

Thanks so much for the feedback Kim. I will pass this onto the Management team :)

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DZ
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Got put on a table right near the toilet for our date night.. not great.. when we asked about the tables up further, they said they were set for 4 and couldn't change although 10 mins later they seated another couple on one of them. Food was really good though, seating ruined it

Publican Mornington
Responded on 27 June 2019

Thank you for the feedback DincZ. I will be sure to follow this up with the Front of House staff :)

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GS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We have been to the publican several times now and thought we would go and try out the seafood banquet on a Friday night. The Asian fusion dishes are amazing! Great food, great ambience, great local wine and a service that makes you feel that you are getting looked after... I love this place... one of our faves in Mornington.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 27 June 2019

Thank you so much Graham, for your lovely words. I hope on your next visit we can make this a 5 star review ;)

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PE
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very pleasantly surprised by the Yum Cha e perience. Would definitely do it again.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 16 June 2019

Thanks very much Pam, for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed Yum Cha! May I ask what would make the 'Ambience' a rating 5 star rating on your next visit?

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LW
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and great atmosphere! Will be back again!!

Publican Mornington
Responded on 13 June 2019

Great to hear Leearna! We look forward to having you back

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KA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our second time here and will definately return.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 13 June 2019

3rd time's a charm Karen! See you then :)

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MC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! You can’t leave without trying the crab croquettes or the Passionfruit Martini. We can’t wait to get back there.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 27 May 2019

Thanks Maggie! You should attend a Cocktail Masterclass?! Learn how to make those amazing Martinis and more :)

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HB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Mother’s day all you can eat yum cha. Well it’s not really all you can eat when they stop serving you, and honestly I don’t think we ate that much. Was really looking forward to this and was pretty disappointed. The waitress was lovely and friendly when she was there but the service was terrible.

DO
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Mothers Day Yum Cha was ok. We were bang on time and our Irish waitress was very helpful. Although we were first served some of the food was warm to luke warm when brought out. The asian greens I would guess had been siting around for quite a while and looked dull and limp. The dumplings varied in quality with some being quite thick in their covering. These were from memory the ones with the chevron markings. All of the dumplings were tasty but the service was far too rapid. The noodles were cold but the rice was hot. Inconsistency but I guess it was a booked out event. Pricing was fair for the quality of food and in order to to make it a ‘known’ experience it needs to be refined. Having said that, we shall be back to try your other daily events

Publican Mornington
Responded on 15 May 2019

Hi Deb, Thank you for your feedback. I would like you to know that we intend to follow this up and rectify! Even with a sold out event like Mother's Day we always pride ourselves on food and on service. Please do return and try our other daily specials. Tuesday night's $15 Curries, is a top winner in my eyes! Hope to see you again soon

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AS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely birthday dinner at The Publication. Abby, our server was so friendly and charming - great food, great people - thank you!

Publican Mornington
Responded on 9 May 2019

Thanks for the review Anita, Yes Abbie is quite the charmer! :) I'll pass on your kind words to her

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C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Food was tasty but it was hard to find a piece of lamb in the lamb shank curry. The meat in the red beef curry was fatty and we couldn’t eat it. We ordered 5 dishes and 2 were unavailable. The dumplings and the green stir fry vegetables were nice. The service was very casual.

MM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose to sit outside to enjoy the nice day. The Yum Cha was plentiful and very nice. The staff were attentive and look after us especially with making sure our allergies we taken into account. Can wholly recommend.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 3 May 2019

Thank you so much Mighty Mouse! Yum Cha is proving to be a great success and we love hearing feedback. Hopefully see you soon

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DD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Yum cha was yum. Food was brought out too quickly which meant some food went cold/hard. Plenty to eat though.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 16 April 2019

Hi Deb, Thanks for leaving us a review. Although the score you left is disappointing to us, I assure you we take all feedback seriously. We will be following up on this for Yum Cha Sundays, as we are always on the hunt to improve where ever possible :) Many thanks

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GC
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food in Mornington ! Asian style food , great event nights . Service is always excellent, wonderful staff and great vibe

Publican Mornington
Responded on 16 April 2019

Wow Thanks Gabrielle. I am very happy to tell you that you have just won a $100 gift voucher, simply for leaving us such lovely words and all those beautiful stars! Please reply on here with your email address and management will contact you shortly. Congratulations!!

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SP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Food Was OK But There Should Have Been More Of A Choice On The Menu Than What There Was Entertainment Was Fantastic

Publican Mornington
Responded on 16 April 2019

Thank you for your review Stephen. We hold Lunch and Dinner specials throughout the week also. But perhaps you are referring to our Bar Snack Menu that is available during Live Shows. This I assure you is changing and more importantly extending very soon. We hope to see you again soon

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H
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Went there prior to show upstairs, food quality is excellent, on the high side in price and if it had just a bit more on the plate would have given a 5 star. Will be back again.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 11 April 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review Rob. Next time come and try one of our 'through the week specials', for dinner. Like our amazing value Curry Club on Tuesdays, just $15 each! Launching again soon Hope to see you then

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EK
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was worth the price for sure! Cocktails were amazing and our waiter despite being the only one managing about 5 tables was quick and very attentive

Publican Mornington
Responded on 11 April 2019

Thanks so much for taking to time to leave us a review. We hope to see you again soon

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