Signature is the jewel in the crown of Emporium Hotel South Bank. Located on a mezzanine above the hotel’s lobby, the 60-seat restaurant is grand in design, but with an accessible menu.
The space itself has been vividly rendered in blush pink, burnt orange, sleek greys and a heap of mirrored surfaces. A 1000-glass bauble installation created by Francine John, co-owner of Anthony John Group (the developer behind Emporium), hangs from the centre of the ceiling, while a cream banquette lines the curved perimeter of the room, its neutral tone helping to offset the restaurant’s busier design elements.
The hero of the room is the backlit floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet, which features back vintages of some of the finest champagnes in France. It’s just a small selection of the 6000-bottle wine library on offer. Around the corner, there’s an extensive array of decanters for guests to choose from. But before they even get inside, diners are invited to enjoy oysters, caviar and champagne at a white onyx bar adjacent to the restaurant.
For entree you might order Brisbane Valley quail with corn, hazelnut and wattleseed granola, or Abrolhos Islands scallops served with 18-hour Borrowdale pork belly, celeriac, apple and pork crackling. Mains could include Flinders Island lamb accompanied by globe artichokes, glazed shallots, zucchini and black olives, and Elgin Valley free-range chicken with carrot puree, creamed savoy cabbage, parsnip and fondant potato.
There are also five and seven-course tasting menus, as well as specially designed dishes for vegans. The tasting menus are optional in the restaurant but a requirement in the 12-seat private dining room.