Emerson’s Cafe and Restaurant | Lovedale, AUSTRALIA

On our way to Taronga Zoo on the second day of our Hunter Valley trip, we made a stop at Emerson’s Cafe and Restaurant for an energy charging breakfast. There were plenty of restaurant options for dinner in and around the area, but when it came to breakfast, I struggled a little to find somewhere that I wanted to try, but when I saw Emerson’s I liked the sound of it immediately. 

Located about a 15-minute drive from our hotel in Pokolbin, Emerson’s is situated on the vast, gorgeous Adina Vineyard in Lovedale. The restaurant’s simplistic décor is complemented by acres of established vineyards and an olive grove that transports you to a tranquil state. The menu here, as one would expect, focuses on locally sourced, fresh produce. I sipped on some water from the ceramic water cup made by chef and owner Emerson Rodriguez just a few weeks before our visit, while contemplating what to order. The other travel bunnie took Minibun George for a walk in the vineyard while we waited for the food to come out, which didn’t take long at all as we were the first table to arrive. 

Breakfast was incredibly delicious. My dish of bruschetta with creamed corn, pork and fennel sausages and poached eggs ($21) was one of the best breakfast dishes I’ve had in months. The creamed corn was buttery, sweet and juicy, it worked so well with fennel sausages, which Minibun George absolutely loved. The other travel bunnie had Barry Brothers thick cut bacon, mushrooms, spinach, scrambled eggs and sourdough ($21), and even though it was a simple dish, the fresh ingredients really made the dish come to life. 

If we ever go back to the Hunter Valley, breakfast at Emerson’s is a must!

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $53

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