When most people think of a food court, the first thing that comes to mind is crammed, smelly and a little bit greasy. Thankfully, the recently opened Emporium Melbourne in the CBD is redefining these perceptions with class and all-star might.
With more than 30 outlets, ranging from the Gluten-free Paleo-inspired Thrive to George Calombaris’ souvlaki bar, Jimmy Grants, the premium food offerings at Emporium Melbourne are taking fast food to fashionable new heights.
Now, I have to admit, I’ve spent my fair share of lunchtimes in many food courts and Emporium really is in a league of its own. Upstairs, the main dining hall is spacious with ample seating, well lit by natural light during the day and constant cool airflow. You’ll find silver cutlery and decent emporium crockery to accompany your meals. Whether you want to hop on the sushi train at Sushi Hon, tackle Charlie’s Mighty Burger at Charlie & Co Burgers or experience Malaysian Hawker-style food at the well established Chinta Ria Soul, the abundant offerings available to diners are within metres of each other.
Charlie & Co Burgers
Chinta Ria Soul
The food court on the lower ground level has a different atmosphere all together, rather focusing on individual shopfront seating allowing for a quieter and more intimate dining experience. The team at Pho Nom give a fresh delicious take on authentic Vietnamese cuisine and Waffee has brought its Altona-based ‘Waffle + Coffee’ concept into town! You’ll also find established favourites such as Dumplings Plus, and internationally acclaimed Din Tai Fung is reported to be the next big name to open its first Melbourne outlet at Emporium in the near future - watch this space!
If you haven’t yet experienced it for yourself, what are you waiting for?! Emporium Melbourne is open for lunch or dinner every day of the week and select outlets even offer great breakfast options.
287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne