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Chin Chin

14 Oct

It seems every dining publication you open you are bound to find a feature piece on Chin Chin Рthe Asian hawker style slash awesome bar slash super cool decor place that has openend up on Flinders Lane.

Don’t bother calling to make a reservation. Chin Chin is one addition to the growing list of restaurants who serve customers on a first come first served basis.

Feel like a spot of dinner at 7.30? You’ll probably be swamped in a huge line waiting to see what the fuss is about.

My secret is to go there first thing for early lunch (it opens at 11 AM) or visit in the downtime between 3-5 when the lunch crowd has left and the dinner crowd is yet to devour the place.

I have been 3 times now and each time I have been shown to a table straight away.

So anyway on to the food.

The hype is dead on – this place is a knock out.

Check out a few of the photos and let your tongue salivate.

Roti bread and rice

Son in law eggs

Tofu salad

Penang curry with eggplant

Ingredients for the DIY spring roll

Finished product: DIY spring roll

Special coconut ice drink


The offerings aren’t too bad as far as veggie options go. There’s a few selections in each section and they are all extremely delicious.

Special shout out to the son in law eggs (amazing) and the DIY spring rolls. The only thing I would suggest is perhaps putting a little more eggplant in the curry, I counted about 2 pieces in the whole bowl!

Counting down the days until I can frequent Chin Chin once again.

Vegetarian options: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Decor/interior: 9/10
Service: 7/10

Chin Chin on Urbanspoon

Mopho

8 Oct

There’s nothing I love more than a superb noodle dish.

Unfortunately, I find few places in Melbourne really pull their weight in the noodles department.

My prayers were answered when Mopho came along.

Tucked in a pokey lane near Chapel St and off Toorak Road is the relative newcomer with awesome interior, furniture and lovely staff.

I have been a few times now, each time sampling the different veg options and each time leaving full and satisfied.

Okay, yes I am aware, I was just ranting and raving over the noodles at this joint, then I blog about the silken tofu dish instead?

This is partly because I forgot to take photos of the noodle dishes I have had there and partly because the silken tofu dish is just so damn good, you have to know about it!

Now the dish is served with all kinds of gorgeous things as well as a delicious sauce that goes great over the brown rice they serve on the side.

There is a healthy amount of vegetarian options, with quite a few of the noodle dishes happily prepared meat free.

Vegetarian options: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Decor/interior: 8.5/10
Service: 9/10

MoPho Noodle Bar on Urbanspoon