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Welcome to 
Emerald City

Welcome to Emerald City

Yarra Valley's first exclusive four-seater restaurant takes you on a gastronomic journey behind the emerald curtain with celebrated chef, Joel Alderdice.
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The tattooed arm of Joel Alderice, owner of Emerald City, at the beautiful wooden bar with a whisky.

Hidden behind the bustling ambience of Cavanagh's Whisky and Alehouse

Emerald City invites you to a front-row reservation for a unique and intimate dining experience through the region’s finest seasonal produce.
Beautifully presented fine dining entree at Emerald City restaurant in Healesville, with honey whisky halloumi, rainbow caviar, and smoked rosemary skewer.

A private dining experience that transcends the ordinary

The menu features finely executed, unpretentious dishes blending modern cuisines. Our 12-16 course tasting menu changes daily to celebrate the essence of each season and the bounty of local ingredients.
From the moment you're seated at the 350-year-old Tasmanian Myrtle bench beneath the captivating glow of our custom emerald chandelier, prepare to embark on a guided exploration of colour, texture, and taste.
It started with
a beer
where an idea formed
and Emerald City emerged.

There’s no place like home

Emerald City blurs the line between diner and host, making every visit a homecoming where guests are welcomed as part of our family.

Emerald City

Behind the mysterious dark green curtain lies Emerald City, a four-seater hidden restaurant where magic unfolds and guests are treated to a technicolour journey through the region's seasonal produce.
A unique fine dining dessert of chocolate, presented at Emerald City in Healesville.
A Cavanagh's Whisky and Alehouse beer mat placed on a wooden bar next to a Hibiki bottle of Whisky.

Cavanagh’s Whisky & Alehouse

Cavanagh’s is a cherished local institution. Since opening in 2022, it has become a place where stories are shared, laughter echoes off the walls, and friendships blossom. Beyond being a bar and restaurant, Cavanagh’s is where the spirit of community thrives.

Our tasting menu

Our menu begins with a tempting selection of intensely flavoured fast snacks featuring a mix of textures and temperatures.

Tempura unearthed mushrooms pave the way to four savoury courses showcasing the finest local ingredients, including succulent Wagyu beef, freshly harvested Timbara farm vegetables, and Buxton trout.

A seasonal palate cleanser precedes the grand finale - a main dessert course followed by petit fours.

We also have a plant-based tasting menu available if requested at the time of booking.
We believe in the beauty of spontaneity and the thrill of the unknown. Our menu is ever-evolving, inspired by the moment and guided by our passion for creativity and innovation.

Sample Menu

Salt and vinegar sorghum
Apple, macadamia jam, daikon
Rainbow rainbow trout
Stone and crow gougère
Cured kangaroo, Beetroot jam, native currant
Devilled quails egg

Tempura unearthed mushroom, dashi salt
Smoked mackerel, chilled Tomato soup, aromatic herbs
Pork cheek preserved queen garnet plum

Wagyu, shrimp butter, mizuna
Heirloom cucumber, smashed radish

Tarragon granita, strawberry
Jasmin rice cream, macadamia dacquoise, koji caramel
Salted bourbon chocolate
Our tasting menu changes daily so come with an open mind and a hearty appetite.
The hills of the Yarra Valley with misty clouds at sunset.

Our Local Yarra Valley Providers

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A glass of wine and whisky sat on the beautiful tasmanian myrtle wood bar at Emerald City.

Opening hours and bookings

Emerald City will pull back the curtain to reveal the mystery within in March 2024


Saturdays and Sundays
Sittings at 1pm


Wednesday to Sunday 
Sittings at 6pm and 8:15pm
Bookings are essential and must be for 2 or 4 people. For private events and larger groups, please contact us. Our set menu prices range between $150 to $175 per head (excluding drinks).
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Our Drinks

Brendan and Joel meticulously craft Emerald City's drink selection, offering three distinct beverage pairings to complement your dining experience.

Choose from a non-alcoholic pairing, a whiskey pairing, or Emerald City's signature pairing, which includes a carefully curated selection of wines, cocktails, and spirits.

We have an extensive drinks list from the back bar and beer fridge at Cavanagh's and wines from the esteemed Barrique Wine Store, who have graciously entrusted us with a key to the shop.
Brendon Cavanagh, whisky pourer and owner of Cavanagh's Whisky and Alehouse in Healesville.
Full shelf of high end and popular whisky bottles at Cavanagh's whisky and alehouse bar in Healesville.

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