Restaurant Reviews

Embla: Restaurant review


122 Russell St
Melbourne, VIC


Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm, Sun 1pm-2.45pm;
dinner Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm,
Sun 5pm-9pm


E $15-$18
M $14-$35
D $12-$15


Embla: it can get emotional. There's the despair of seeing all seats full, the impatience of watching diners linger over the last cheeky sip of rosado… and then the elation of being seated in the throng. It doesn't matter if you end up in the rosy glow of the wood oven at the kitchen counter or at high-topped tables next to friends you haven't made yet. Next steps are obvious: just let the happy roll along. Interesting wine, served with geeky enthusiasm, and food that makes tasty look all too easy (apparently, you just start with good produce then add dab hands, fermentation and fire). You might eat one of the city's best sourdoughs with funked-up crème fraîche, duck liver parfait topped with a pool of wattleseed oil, and the evergreen soured cucumber dusted with dill. Desserts, like glazed peach over brown butter ice-cream, ensure quality all the way to the finish.
(03) 9654 5923
Bookings lunch only
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Dave Verheul
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.