Emporium Hotel South Bank’s fine diner Signature opens

It’s seen some unexpected hurdles, but the wait is over for Emporium Hotel South Bank’s fine dining restaurant Signature.

The restaurant concept launched with celebrated chef Josh Lopez, but after finding a new chef and a new name the 60-seat restaurant located on a mezzanine above the hotel’s lobby has finally opened.

New executive chefs Chris Norman and Alex Liddle have created the menu which focuses on local produce. There are also five and seven-course tasting menus, and specially designed vegan options. A 12-seat private dining room will open in the coming weeks.

Photography: Kirsty Sycz.

General manger Charles Martin says Signature is the culinary pinnacle of Emporium Hotel. “We wanted it to be unpretentious but still elegant and modern,” he said. The wine list is also a draw card at some 6000-bottles strong.

“In anticipation of creating a restaurant of this calibre, owner Tony John has been collecting some of these bottles for two decades,” Martin said.