If I used one word to describe Ms Elwood restaurant, it would be ‘playful’. Swings hang at the front inviting you in to have some fun. The logo; a girl with a backpack and a mission, create a sense of adventure. A wave drawn in on the wall fits with the restaurants beachy vibes. The warm, intimate venue glimmers with happiness. That might have something do to with the neon pink sign illuminating the intimate space with lively spirit. Their mantra: ‘Stay Saucy’.
Cheerful, cheeky and full of pep, Ms Elwood is a flirtatious find. You’ve gotta catch this wave.
Now let’s get to the food and drink. Upon arrival at their grand opening, we were very well taken care of. For the special debut, signature drinks had been uniquely crafted using Four Pillars gin. The waitresses were lovely and I was promptly handed an exquisite rosé cocktail with edible flowers called a Frosé.
It’s so posh, you may catch a celebrity sitting on your visit. A fan of The Bachelor Australia? Couple Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski, and daughter Eve, made an appearance to check out the hype. I was amused with the crowd, delighted by the eats, and thrilled with the swishy surroundings.
The food was just as cool as the ambiance. We nibbled on chicken karaage, salmon sashimi, and tuna tartare, to name a few. The homemade wasabi was divine. This isn’t your typical Japanese joint. I’ve never had a Japanese experience in a place like this before. You can find the menu and glimpse the spot on their Facebook page.
Fun fact: the owner’s first restaurant is located across the street. Called The Joinery, it’s a funky café. It’s impressive to see how the restaurateur has mastered two unique restaurants with contrasting menus.
If you haven’t had a chance to cruise around Elwood, it’s a beautiful suburb. Tall trees shade the street and it’s a peaceful place to have a little getaway from the city.
Get romantic. With its blushing decor, Ms. Elwood is a perfect spot to go for a first date. The beach is a quick stroll away. Visit for an early dinner and catch the sunset.
Leah Sparks is a Canadian girl living in Melbourne. Other than her love for maple syrup, she digs the outdoors, live gigs, beer, the 70s, and cruising around town with her white wolf.
24 Ormond Road