ROBERTSON QUAY - Summerlong is the newest kid on the block on Robertson Quay, and we’ve taken a fast liking to it. Located right along the river, this big beautiful space has a real beachy vibe with whitewashed interiors, long wooden tables and wicker and canvas chairs, plus an open kitchen that puts out Mediterranean dishes like flatbreads and dips, fresh seafood, and marinated and grilled meats.
Why you should come here:
The atmosphere at Summerlong is laid back and approachable, and you almost feel as though you’re somewhere else other than in the middle of an urban city. We could see this as a good go-to spot any day of the week when you’re looking for somewhere light and breezy to hang out for a few hours. The food is fab, and they also have a really nice bar where you can grab tropical-inspired cocktails.
What we love:
Their menu is divided into two sections, each of which are pretty straight forward. The Beach Shack section offers light bites, shared plates and a focus on seafood including a feast-worthy seafood platter loaded up with the chef’s daily selections. The Grill & Plancha section offers more substantial meals like the Persian Fried Chicken and Mediterranean Pork Ribs with a pomegranate glaze. Our favourite dishes by far were the creamy Housemade Labneh, the Braised Lamb in Pastry, and the smoky Charred Eggplant.
Be sure to try one (or three) of their summery cocktails like the Petra’s Saga with cucumber, rosemary, Cachaça, lime and basil or the Summer Mule with ginger beer, mezcal, pineapple and tequila. We hear their weekend brunch is also worth checking out.
A main course dish and a cocktail will set you back about $50++.