That’s the door Ho in the foreground. Two of the hottest restaurant openings in the last fortnight are Golden Fields and Chin Chin. The punters have packed both places and the brains behind each – Andrew McConnell and Chris Lucas – both say that for the first time they are seeing the message spread through social media. In the case of Chin Chin, I should declare I have a conflict of interest in writing this review as I helped Lucas with a wee bit of consultancy advice with his chief tweeter/Facebooker and door ho Jess Ho. The deal is a funky venue with well-balanced Thai food from executive chef Andrew Gimber (ex Jimmy Liks) and the about to be joined by Ben Cooper (St Ali, Nobu, Ezard) that is at decent prices. Great value wine by the carafe is exclusively for the venue made by Yabby Lake winemaker Tom Carson. And a decent curated music collection. And importantly, no tablecloths. This, says Lucas who is pessimistic on the future of fine dining, is the future of dining. And if it is I like it because two of us filled-up the other night and drank two carafes of wine for $105, which in my book is a bargain. I returned a few days later for an $18 green curry, which comes with rice, matched with a long neck of Beer Lao at $14. They were slammed Friday and Saturday and the kitchen ran out of some dishes. The punters like it too. Opening night last Thursday was packed. Friday and Saturday saw 250 covers each and about 80 turned away. Last night, a Tuesday, put 200 through. This is a restaurant Melbourne has been waiting for and the message has spread virally through the web. The space, that until last year housed the infamous, Icon nightclub manages to be cavernous yet intimate. In the entrance large Asian-style posters are pasted on to the wall. And the look by designers Projects of the Imagination (who also are responsible for Golden Fields), has flanked the room with a bar lit under lampshades made from found objects – large cylindrical liners of wool containers (that apparently stank and had to be washed thoroughly several times). Crunchy school prawns with nahm prik pla gapi, lemon basil and crudites ($9) You can sit at the bar, which is ideal if you are alone scoffing like me,… Read more »
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- Truffle Dinner: MenuChef Scott Pickett has put his fingers to the keyboard and has sent me through the menu, We have a few tickets left, so if you’ve already booked, let your friends know. (And if you haven’t booked – get a wriggle on, this will sell out!) What: Truffle dinner featuring truffles from around Australia with matched […]
- Madame Estelle’s Fringe (yes – TRUFFLE TIME!)Fringe Food is four truffle season old. Can you believe it? This year sees us back collaborating with Madame Truffles and we’ll be returning to Estelle in Northcote, home of one of my personal favourite truffle dinners so far. We’d better outdo that one I guess! What: Truffle dinner featuring truffles from around Australia with matched […]
- Lunch at Movida Aqui – Seaweed SalonI’ve just been sent the menu for our Seaweed Salon on 3 May and I have to say that it looks like a stand out. And we’ve confirmed that it can be adjusted to pescatarian friendly (we will substitute the beef course) What: Lunch featuring seaweed and sea plants, matched wines and education. When: 12:30pm […]