Over the Anzac Day long weekend, we went off to the Hunter Valley region just north of the Sydney metro area. It was a bit of an gloomy start with dark clouds looming in the horizon and drizzling rain as we passed through Cessnock and towards the area of Lovedale.
We’d pre-booked our brunch via Dimmi at 10.30am Sunday at:
- Website: http://www.emersonsatpokolbin.com and http://www.emersonsrestaurant.com.au/index.html (new under-construction website)
- Address: 492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, Hunter Valley NSW 2325
- Book: online via Dimmi
- Open: breakfast (Sat & Sun 8-11am), lunch (Wed – Sun 11-3pm), dinner (Thur – Sun 6-10pm)
- Owner/Head Chef: Emerson Rodriguez
- Surcharges: $2.50 pp on public holidays and 2% for Amex
Emerson’s is located on the Adina Vineyard, which has a cellar door, spa and accommodation. A Modern Australian restaurant, Emerson’s has a nice contemporary decor with seating inside, at the bar, as well as outside on a porch that overlooks the vineyard and accommodations.
Despite the cold weather, we braved the outside. A few other tables were also outside, but ended up moving in because of the cold.
I have to say, I really like their glasses, which have a tinge of green. And each table features fresh little flowers.
But you can see that grey sky threatening to pour…
D2D orders his usual flat white to warm up the day.
You can view the menu online here. Breakfast ranges from $15-18, and boasts a FIVE egg omelette. The breakfast menu is only available from 8-11am on the weekends.
They also offer degustation and course banquet menus.
Our food arrives!
This is D2D’s estate grown vegetable frittata ($17), which was a fairly big size (8″ diameter) and came with a piece of sourdough. It was tasty, but a bit too oily for our tastes.
I ordered the bean and chorizo ragout with fried egg and toasted bread. The ragout came in a cute little red pot and it was super rich. I struggled to finish it despite it being a small pot.
Here are the bar seats inside the restaurant. Cool yellow chairs.
I’m not sure if this picture is from the vineyards at Adina Vineyards, as the sky looks rather blue. Maybe it’s at one of the others…
What else is around?
- Many vineyards offering tastings and sales – we went to Hungerford Hill Wines, Tempus Two, Tatler Wines, and a few others but you start to lose count…
- Hunter Valley Gardens – $26 entry, but beautiful display gardens set over 60 acres
- Many fudge, chocolate, cheese and meats shops!