Melrose Restaurant & Rooftop Bar
Melrose is a stunning Indonesian/Thai restaurant and bar tucked away on a Bulimba rooftop at the river end of Oxford St.
The unmarked entrance is via a glass door next to Darvella Patisserie (which has the same owner) - enter and take the stairs or lift to the next level where you'll find the main entry to the restaurant and bar.
Two stylish rooms, side by side, have seating for both diners and drinkers, with one room containing the bar and the other an open-sided kitchen and both feature retractible roofs to view the sunset sky and stars.
The delectable menu is a showcase of Indonesian and Thai flavours made from locally sourced produce, with unique crafted cocktails designed to complement the food taste.
On the menu you'll find delicious bites such as house shucked oysters with cashew nut green nahm jim, prawn or pomelo betel leaf, crispy chicken ribs, Moreton Bay bug steamed buns, and yellowfin tuna larb.
Larger dishes to share include grilled market fish wrapped in banana leaf, kari ayam (chicken, kipfler potatoes, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf); crispy pork belly; soft shell crab (stir-fried curry powder, Chinese celery); or turmeric curry (green melon, tofu, eggplant, betel leaf).
There are also charcoal skewers (beef, macadamia, fried shallot; sticky pork, sesame & saltbush; or grilled okra, nahm prik kra) and side dishes such as green papaya salad, silken tofu and stir-fried greens.
Open from 3-5 for bar snacks and 'happy hour', you can pop in during the afternoon and enjoy the same delicious small bites that are on the lunch and dinner menu as well as $12 cocktails such as pepper berry tonic, full moon spritz, margarita and espresso martini, a glass of wine or a bintang, tiger or singha beer.
Good to know - The talented folks behind Melrose are the Venzin Group (headed by Giorgina Venzin) who also own Pawpaw, Mons Ban Sabai and Sundays at Rocklea.
Need to know - Melrose is a 2 minute walk from the Bulimba ferry stop. There is also plenty of on street parking nearby.
Melrose Restaurant & Bar
37 Oxford St