Why hello there! Looking for some super tasty and innovative Asian food in Melbourne? Well….you’ve come to the right place. Chin Chin is the place to be on the Melbourne dining scene. I first visited back in September last year when we had a girls weekend away. We waited four hours for a table..FOUR HOURS! Was it worth it? Well yes, otherwise I wouldn’t be back to blog it. This time around we only needed a table for two and it was Easter Monday night. The place was still packed. We popped our names on the list and went to our hotel, which was conveniently around the corner, to chill out and freshen up. Heading back to the restaurant an hour and a half later, we get the delightful call, ‘you’re table is now ready’.
Funnily enough I just read an article that Chin Chin is looking to expand to Sydney and Brisbane by next year. Hold on to your hats, I just know that all of Sydney will want in on the Chin Chin action. I dont blame them! They will also appear at the Night Noodle Markets later this year, so be sure to check out some of their food then…or just fly to Melbourne?
Last time we came, we did the $65 all you can eat style menu. We left it up to the waiter to order us all of the popular dishes, and from there we were able pick and try anything else we wanted from the menu. This time, we ordered A la carte, yet our eyes were still too big for our stomachs.
First out is my favourite dish from last time, the Crispy Barramundi & Green Apple Salad with Caramelised Pork. Everything is meant for sharing, and between the two of us there is plenty of crisp fish, sticky pork and fresh apple to keep us occupied and happy. I would never have thought to pair these two proteins together, but I guess thats what makes head chef Benjamin Cooper so special with his menu offering.
The Pad Thai with King Prawns, Banana Blossom and Dried Shrimps is next out and also a sizeable portion. The noodles are addictive and I keep going back for more. I love all of the textures in the dish, especially the crisp peanuts, and the fresh acidity from the squeeze of lemon.
Another favourite and must order is the Twice Cooked Grass-Fed Victorian Beef Short Rib with Coriander and Prik Nahm Pla Sauce. Do you like meat that just melts in your mouth and is so full of flavour? Well this fits that description perfectly. The prik nahm pla sauce is a mixture of chilli, lime and fish sauce, which adds the freshness to an otherwise heavy dish.
Although full, we couldn’t leave without a little something sweet. The Palm Sugar Ice Cream Sundae with Salted Honeycomb and Lime Syrup was the perfect accomplice. I hadn’t tried this dessert previously and absolutely loved the honeycomb pieces broken over the top, I felt that the lime flavour was a bit overpowering though. Next time I am leaving enough stomach space to order the Grilled Banana Roti Bread served in a pool of condensed milk.
125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD.
Ph: (03) 8663 2000
If you want to check out some more of my favourite Melbourne eating spots then be sure to take a look at the Travel tab in my menu.
Happy mid-week day! I feel that my Paris posts are now far overdue, and I have so many beautiful photos that I want to share. Going to get onto that ASAP so hopefully I will have some Parisian love for you next. Peace out my little Chin Chins xxx