Monday, 17 June 2013

Chin Chin: food is so nice they named it twice

I am happy to tell you that Chin Chin is definitely in my top 5 favourite restaurants in Melbourne. I have visited this restaurant multiple times and haven't once been able to flaw anything. They provide consistently excellent service and are more than happy to help with the menu and cater for your needs as well as amazing food that does not take long from the kitchen.

Although it is one of the hardest to get in to (as they don't take bookings under 10 people) we always manage to get a table/seat relatively quick. Being just two of us, that make it even quicker. Most of the time we manage to get a seat at the bar or around the kitchen. Which, as you know, would be my favourite place to sit at a restaurant.

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My most recent visit to Chin Chin was Queen's Birthday weekend. It was the Monday night and we chose to have an early dinner and went in aroun 5pm. We got a proper table for the very first time. As we have been quite a few times we have tried nearly most of the entrees and a few of the larger dishes. I would just like to add that their menu is HUGE. It needs emphasis as there is so much to choose from!

We chose two dishes to start the first being the grilled roti madtarbak with Indian spiced beef and cucumber relish.

Following that we had the salt and pepper squid which is definitely a favourite of mine!

We chose two mains with a side of roti bread. One was the butter chicken. This butter chicken was hands down the best butter chicken I have ever had! So creamy and flavoursome and aromatic and with the roti bread and rice, oh it was heaven. I could easily have not shared that dish! But I did, and only gives me an excuse to go back and have it again!

The second main dish that followed was chosen by my partner. It was the salt and pepper king fish wings. They weren't my favourite but the meat was so delicious and tender and the skin was super crunchy! Nevertheless, my partner did thoroughly enjoy them.

After all that, I did manage to share a dessert. I chose the palm sugar sundae with delicious honey comb pieces and lime syrup. The picture sums it up pretty well I think. It was yum.


Now if the menu is all too much for you and you simply cannot decide what to have..don't fret! They have this fantastic option called 'Feed Me' for $66 pp. This is where the staff serve you up a delicious meal with a selection of favourite dishes.

I recommend Chin Chin to any one and everyone! The tastings of the exotic and varied flavours of all the dishes is divine, the sharing experience with loved ones and the service is why I keep going back to Chin Chin.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

The names Smith, The Smith.

Well, first day of winter last friday and boy oh boy did it show! It was bucketing down with pitch black skys at 5.30pm. Nevertheless, we braved the pouring rain and made our way to the Smith on high street for our 8pm booking. 

We didn't get seated at a normal table at the Smith, instead we were seated at the kichen counter - which for me, is my favourite place in a restuarant! You get to see all the delicious dishes coming out and get to pick what you want that way. Getting to see how each dish is plated up is a bonus!

The menu at the Smith is very extensive with a lot of variety - from tofu to a steamed pork bun to pork ribs with housemade BBQ sauce.

We chose to get two or three of the smaller, entree sized dishes as we struggled to pick which ones to get! I could easily have had one of all of them. The first was the Barramundi croquettes with bonito mayonnaise. As you may know already, I am not the biggest seafood fan (although it is growing on me), but these were insanely delicious. The crunchiness of the crumb and thos potatoe-y middle with the bits of fish was so good. Two each was not enough. I would have been happier not sharing!

My favourite dish of the night hands down was the soft fajitas with braised wagyu osso bucco, avocado & sweetcorn salsa. They. Were. Amazing. The meat was so tender and flavoursome, the flavours of the salsa, the sweet corn and the avocado went together like thunder and lightening. I could have demolished plate after plate after get the idea. They were good.

Don't drool too much on your screen

It doesn't look like much in this photo but they were so good. Definitely a must try in my books.

Our next dish was another seafood one, one I am not too fond of: Prawns. Now I did have my doubts but when I had my first bite I was quite surprised.

Now when I read king prawn filled betel leaves I was a bit unsure. I was expecting a whole prawn in a leaf fried in tempura. When I cut it open it was more chopped up prawn inside of the betal leaf which were quite tasty! But this dish is definitely for the more seafood

It did take us a while to decide on the main. We setlled with the Pan fried John Dory with spiced cauliflower, pomegranate & chickpea dressing. We had noticed this dish coming out a lot that night and was very much looking forward to tasting it. We also ordered a side of the smashed chats (deep fried potatoes that are so flipping good).

The fish was so tender and just fell apart, it went so well with the cauliflower and the pomemgranate and chickpea dressing - which was thicker than your average dressing but was delicious all the same.

The dish was definitely enough for the two of us with the side of chats. I was very happy with all the dishes we had chosen as they were all so good and came out quite quickly despite the number of people in the restaurant. The service was faultless even though they were incredibly busy and the seats we had, to me, were the best in the house. Everyone is different of course but I thoroughly enjoyed my evening at the Smith although I did not enjoy the walk in the still pouring rain and thunderstorm back to the car!

Oh, last but not least, we did manage to share a dessert after all this. We settled on the apple and rhubarb pie with manuka honey ice cream! A perfect end to the first night of winter if you ask me!

Looks so scrumptious. I can't wait to go back and try more of their menu!

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