Sorrento's new mega beachside restaurant

The team behind Sorrento's Continental Hotel revamp has opened a new beachside restaurant in the bustling coastal town on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

Hotelier Julian Gerner, who is responsible for Melbourne's Prince of Wales, Middle Park Hotel and Royal Saxon, moved to the area in 2013 to open Morgan's, a seaside seafood restaurant.

Local developer Stellar has partnered with Gerner to expand the diner and add Morgan's Beach Shack, a casual dining venue that includes a wine store and a beer bar.

Dave Stewart, owner of Moonee Ponds' Ascot Food Store and Paul Tyas, head chef of St Kilda’s Grosvenor Hotel have worked closely with Morgan's new head chef Joseph Spiteri to design the food offering.

The dining menu zooms in on seafood, which features in the forms of a Cape Cod-inspired lobster roll; Ora salmon with new season potato, sugar snaps and mustard dressing; and mussels and prawn linguini. To please the crowds, there's also a tall fried-chicken burger.

The huge space is enclosed in a limestone facade on Sorrento's esplanade, and is filled with quintessential coastal elements throughout – blonde timber, festoon lights, white furnishings and so on.

“Morgan’s is about showcasing the peninsula lifestyle with its vibrant atmosphere, quality produce, considered menu and unparalleled location,” says Duncan Thomson, Morgan's general manager.