The east coast of Australia has taken a beating on the mercury line the last couple of days. Summer has officially arrived and it’s not pretty, so keep slopping on the sunscreen. How are you battling the heat?
Limes Hotel’s have revamped their Rooftop Bar and it’s looking very sweet with the addition of two round plunge pools – a perfect summer feature. It is also quite possibly the only venue space I found astroturf perfectly acceptable. If you loved the original Rooftop Bar, don’t worry – the amazing view overlooking the Valley and open-air (an auto sail shade was extended overhead to protect us from the worst of the midday rays) are still there to be savored.
But it’s not all just renovations. In honour of all the sunshine, Limes have some summer perfect cocktails to keep things cool and a nibbles menu that pay homage to the humble Australian BBQ.
We got to sample their cocktail jugs, which were gloriously filled with plenty of ice: Constance St Punch, Flower Fizz (vodka, St Germain Elderflower cordial, lime and mint, topped with soda) and Gin Berry Smash (gin, chambord, seasonal berries, lemon, topped with soda). My favorite was the Constance St Punch ($30) – vodka and peach liqueur, with passionfruit, mint, pineapple and lime juice topped with soda make this a really fruity number.
There are of course other icy cold beverages to keep your cool and I quite liked the summer Mango Cooler.
On the food side, the menu isn’t massive (ie. this does not a dinner make), but it’s plenty to keep you going and going. And while I’m a huge fan of the cocktail jugs, drinking alcohol on an empty stomach in hot weather is such a big no-no.
The prawn with avocado was the most popular, but potentially the messiest. Tucking into these babies will require removing the heads and tails, but the mid-section came shell-free. The prawns were decently sized, and I highly recommend making a prawn, avocado and mayo sandwich out of it.
While chicken skewers can be a little ho-hum, I think I’d keep getting this for the creamy coleslaw. Coated in a thick creamy sauce, the fresh handcut cabbage means plenty of crunchy fresh juicy bite. It was so much better than finely shredded cabbage. Would they sell it separately if I begged them?
But if you prefer something heartier (and something heavier to line the stomach for a long afternoon of drinks by the plunge pool), the Bratwurst sausage on a soft roll would be your man. The sausage was sliced into pieces, so my teeth only really had to contend with biting through the roll. Again, this isn’t a man-sized burger to fill you up, but it was never meant to.
Instead I just enjoyed the little bites as watching the beautiful people from behind my dark shades, I soaked up the rays with a clink of ice in my sweaty cocktail glass.