Dean Coppard, the owner of Uluru Bar & Grill met his Armagh partner on the famous Bondi Beach and quickly chose Armagh as the place to set up a restaurant over seven years ago. The restaurant is its second incarnation. It was formerly situated near the Church of Ireland cathedral but now it’s down among the mortals in Market Street, bigger and better, alive and buzzing.
Interestingly, it’s linked physically and commercially to Emerson’s supermarket next door. This indigenous run business has grown from strength to strength now hosting a large selection of groceries, butcher’s counter, bakery, a fully stocked wine store together with Self Check out tills for customer convenience and your local Post Office. It’s a pillar of Armagh’s economy with over 100 employee’s.
Customers can now relax after doing their shopping in Emersons and enter from the supermarket directly to the comfort of the beautifully designed Uluru Restaurant. Whether its a cup of tea/coffee with a scone you are looking for, or a more elaborate taste bud crave, you can be assured of a delivery of excellence.
I visited the restaurant to see for myself and ordered what appeared to be a very popular dish, a plate of goat’s cheese mousse profiteroles and a potato followed by lavender and onion soup. Both are hits.
The profiteroles were entertaining, the choux pastry was just like a dessert, but on reflection, provided exactly the right structure for a dry and mildly bitter goat’s cheese mousse. The soup was velvety smooth, full of sweet and salty comfort and the depth you expect of a quality, balanced potage.
As a treat, Dean sent over a gently roasted scallop all firm and tender and sitting atop of a laksa sauce with Chinese greens and asparagus heads. Sublime. (He says he just wanted to give us a flavour of what he does in the evenings for dinner – I saw the menu and I’ll be back.)
The room itself is by master restaurant interior designers Oscar & Oscar (OX, Haptik, Howard Street, Il Pirata). There are booths for groups of four or five and the entire room is attractive. There isn’t a bad table in it. The wide-open kitchen provides a busy, bustling backdrop and the mood is uplifting with a decent music loop playing.
Lets just say shopping at Emersons Supermarket has got a whole you meaning. You can make it a day out and unwind in the beautiful Uluru restaurant.