As I was browsing Facebook about a year and a half ago, I came across a few food photos that took my breath away. They featured gigantic dinosaur bone style Short Ribs, Tomahawk Prime Ribeye steaks, beef fat cooked french fries, and charcuterie boards with so many different options on them it was staggering. I got a group of foodie friends together and we made the trip up to Melbourne to give it a try. I’m happy to report that we were blown away by what we had to eat and I’ve been dreaming about this place ever since. I finally got my chance to dine here once again last week despite the on-going pandemic.
Located in the Downtown Melbourne area just off of East New Haven Ave, they are just one of the many restaurants located in this revitalized area. Most of the buildings are older but have been renovated with modern touches, but still have the charm of old downtown. The restaurant itself is broken down into 3 different parts. First, they have a large indoor dining space. This is also where the kitchen is located along with their wood fired oven. Second is the large outdoor patio area, and third is a wine room where you can pay one price and sample up to 60+ different wines. They have big plans to renovate all three spaces, and they were scheduled to start on that this spring, but then Covid-19 hit with a vengeance. While they are making the best of the bad situation, these plans to renovate unfortunately got put on hold for now.
Now lets jump right in and see what I had to eat during my most recent visit.
Summer Watermelon Compressed – with House Made Limechello, topped with Fennel Pollen, Pistachio-Lavender Granola, Honey, Goats Milk Feta & Shiso
Fried Whole “Buffalo” Cauliflower – Gochujang “Wing Sauce”, Celery Root & Stilton Puree, Yuzu Compressed Celery.
21 oz Dry Aged Asian BBQ Dino Bone Short Rib – Black Garlic BBQ Sauce, Pork Belly Fried Rice topped with a Fried Egg, Nori Goma Furikake, Cilantro & House Made Pickles.
16 oz Australian Wagyu Picanha Sirloin Steak – served with Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Crispy “Loaded” Hasselback potato, Creamed Spinach topped with Crispy Shallots, Braised Oxtail & Wild Mushroom Stuffed Bone Marrow, Black Truffle Butter, Cauliflower Cream, Bordelaise Sauce & a Modern Caesar Salad.
Cookies and Cream Lava Cake – Imported Dark Chocolate Cake, layers of Vanilla Bean Cream, cascading whipped Vanilla Creme Fraiche and topped with Crushed House Made Dark Chocolate Cookie & Cocoa Powder on top
Ember & Oak continues to impress me with both their food and service. The dishes we were served were presented beautifully, expertly prepared, and they definitely had that “WOW” factor I’m always looking for. The wait staff also went above and beyond what I expected of them to make us feel safe while dining. All staff members were wearing an N95 mask, gloves were worn when handling our plates, and our silver was changed out for each course. We dined outside on their patio and were properly distanced from other tables. If you are looking for an over the top dining experience, then you should definitely check these guys out, because I know you won’t be disappointed!
Address: 712 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 722-6285
Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Saturday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, and Sunday, 11:00am – 2:00pm. Closed on Monday & Tuesday. (Covid-19 may affect these hours, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation)