Embla remains one of my favourite restaurants to visit when in Melbourne. Wellingtonian Christian McCabe (ex Matterhorn and Town Mouse) has a knack of getting things just right.

Now Christian and head chef Dave Verheul have opened a new and relaxed dining room above the original wine bar and restaurant.

They've called the new restaurant Lesa – an old Norse word meaning 'to gather' – and the plan is to embrace a slower dining pace.

It boasts a four-course set menu and (thankfully) no shared plates. You can actually choose your own meal. 

Lesa, Floor 2, 122 Russell St Melbourne 3000. Dinner Wed-Sat; Lunch Thu, Fri.



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