The Emerson Lounge and Bar

 

The summer holidays are over, at least for most of us anyway. Reluctantly, we have swapped our bathers and cocktails for suits and ties. However, while the 9-to-5 routine may have reinstated itself, the warm weather is still here and Melbournians are still in party mode; drinks after work any night of the week!

For those south of the river, we have discovered the perfect place to wind down after work or spend a leisurely weekend session with friends. The Emerson has transformed their rooftop into a sun-drenched oasis with unparalleled views of the CBD. Through clever, innovative design and carefully considered interiors, The Emerson has created a unique indoor/outdoor space that screams “relax, put your feet up and watch the sunset!”

But being the ‘foodies’ we are, what’s the point of it all if the food’s no good?! Luckily, The Emerson has that sorted too. Head Chef Jeff Trotter (ex Royal Mail, Dunkeld) has created a short but inspiring menu focused on fresh produce, great flavours and most importantly, the sharing of good food and conversation.

 

The Emerson Prawns EDPrawns, toasted garlic, spring onion and parsley

 

The Emerson prawns and fritter EDZucchini flowers with feta, thyme and black olive tapenade

 
Despite the small menu, the decision was a hard one. We finally made a decision and started with the prawns, toasted garlic, spring onion and parsley ($15) and the zucchini flowers with feta, thyme and black olive tapenade ($8ea). The crunch and punch of the toasted garlic complemented the sweetness of the prawns and as for the zucchini flowers, need I say more!
 

The Emerson Lambchops EDFlinders Island lamb rack, zucchini, almond, yoghurt and mint

 
The Flinders Island lamb rack, zucchini, almond, yoghurt and mint ($27) made an appearance for second course. The lamb was a-ma-zingly succulent, juicy, tender and all the other adjectives used for describing superb pieces of meat. We paired this with the asparagus, pea, lemon, goats curd and poached egg salad ($16) and because we simply can’t say no, a serve of hand cut chips, celery salt and aioli ($9). Washed down with a Hoegarden and a glass of Grant Burge Moscato, we were thoroughly satiated and chilled out. We couldn’t have had a more leisurely afternoon if we’d tried.

 

The Emerson eggs and greens EDAsparagus, pea, lemon, goats curd and poached egg salad

 

The Emerson Chips EDHand cut chips, celery salt and aioli

 

The Emerson bar area
The Emerson rooftop upstairs

 
Next time we’ll be back on a Sunday to try the live grill from midday and share a jug of Pimm’s, a Mojita or any number of other exotic cocktails. For those planning a party or a function, it’s a definite consideration too.

AR.

(Images of Rooftop supplied by The Emerson.)
 
Trading hrs: Rooftop – Wednesday to Thursday from 5pm; Friday to Sunday from 12pm

Menu link: http://www.theemerson.com.au/#!dining/c1t36

Bookings:  Available

Address: 143-145 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Ph: (03) 9825 0900

Website: www.theemerson.com.au

Twitter: @TheEmerson_au

Facebook: The Emerson 

Instagram: @theemerson_au

 

 

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Please note that prices, menu items, management or trading hours may have varied since time of review. Our thoughts and opinions are based on our experience only.