Taking over a rooftop in Bulimba, Indonesian-inspired Melrose comes to us from the crew behind Pawpaw Cafe. Designed to feel like one of Bali’s luxe beach clubs and resorts, a fully retractable roof means the restaurant and bar has all the rooftop vibes—we recommend getting a booking for just before sunset, so you can get the full effect but still finish your meal under the stars.
On the eats side of things, get your appetite going with snacks like crispy chicken ribs with sambal belacan, vegetarian pulled jackfruit steamed buns and betel leaves with prawn, coriander and roasted coconut, before moving onto a few charcoal skewers of beef and macadamia, sticky pork or grilled okra with nahm prik kra.
Then it’s time for the bigger plates. The rendang curry of beef short ribs with fried curry leaves is a serious crowd pleaser, but you can also opt for eats like the twice cooked half duck with cauliflower and sambal bawang bakar, grilled banana wrapped market fish and stir-fried soft shell crab.
Of course, for a true holiday resort feel, you need to have a drink in your hand, and rest assured there’s plenty you’ll want to sip on the drinks menu. The very tropical cocktail line-up includes the likes of a Thai Bloom, with gin, elderflower, fresh watermelon, lime juice and Thai basil, and a Love Me Lychee, with gin, lychee, lemon juice and pineapple. If hitting the vino is more your vibe, there’s also a lengthy wine and beer list.
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