Head to the 21st floor of South Bank’s Emporium Hotel and you’ll find The Terrace — an opulent rooftop with plush decor, breakfast in the mornings, a dining menu loaded with seafood, an extensive cocktail list and sweeping views to boot.
In the evening, sharing is the way to go here. Small plates include grilled haloumi with heirloom tomato, watercress and beetroot ($16); Mooloolaba king prawns with Penang curry ($22); and an open lobster sandwich ($30). While on the larger (and splashier) end, you can opt for sage gnocchi with wild mushroom ($26), Maremma duck break with celeriac purée and Davidson plum ($38) and the local and rather luxe seafood platter full of lobster, Moreton Bay Bug, Mooloolaba king prawns, oysters, tuna and salmon sashimi, marinated clams and mussels ($195, serves 2–4). And if a summer storm happens to be brewing? Never fear. There are two retractable roofs. Rain, hail or shine, The Terrace has you covered, literally.