Chin Chin Restaurant – a blast of Asian flavours

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Fusion asian dishes, walk-in restaurant with no bookings except for one table of 10-12 people which means, waiting a long time to get a seat if you’re not there early. We went on a Friday night but some of the guys came late and at Chin Chin they won’t seat you unless the whole party is there. So we were told that the wait was 3hours. We were determined to dine at Chin Chin that night so we occupied ourselves for 3 hours and awaited a text message saying that our table was ready. We finally made it in and it did not disappoint.

The staff are super friendly, they were willing to help us with the menu because there’s so much to choose from but luckily our friend was a regular and she ordered us some of the popular dishes. We told them to bring them out as they were ready because we were starving at that point. To get the most out of Chin Chin, it’s definitely a good idea to order a number of dishes to share so you can taste a bit of everything.

You must try the twice cooked beef ribs. They simply melt off the bone and the flavours are superb. The crunchy school prawns with the shrimp paste dip are awesome too. The chicken salad was a good refreshing dish to complement our other dishes and everyone loved the Palm sugar ice cream sundae with salted honeycomb and lime syrup. Just saying the name makes your mouth water.

Here’s a little highlight video of our Chin Chin dinner, such a great little place. I love Melbourne.

Overall, Chin Chin is well worth the hype and with a menu with over 40 items to choose from, there’s definitely a reason to come back. Live and busy atmosphere, can be a bit squashy and tight spaced for some and if you’re willing to wait for a table or gather a group of 10-12 people then Chin Chin is ready for you.

Chin Chin
125 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC
Website: http://www.chinchinrestaurant.com.au

I AM FOODIE – ramblings of a foodie

Alright, I’m getting back into the swing of blogging. This is my serious but absolutely sarcastic look on how I got drawn into the FOODIE scene.

Hate it or like it, I put this together for fun and it makes me chuckle a little each time I watch it.

Hater’s gonna eat, FOODIE’s gonna take a picture then eat – The Learner Chef

Please like, share or comment and maybe I’ll make some more silly videos of the FOODIE life.

St Ali’s South – warehouse turned power coffee house

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This is an old post but stuck in my ever growing draft folder. Although because of the buzz of St Ali South & North we had to check it out. Warehouse turned into a pretty nifty coffee house. Come at the wrong time and be prepared to wait in line.

We wanted to try something different so we went for the siphon coffee. The way siphon coffee is made is pretty cool but you need to get accustomed to the flavour it produces and although there are different flavours, it’s not our cup of tea. Didn’t try their normal coffees because they do pride themselves in their bean selection. Oh well, an excuse to go back I guess.

Best Cafe’s in Melbourne.- according to The Learner Chef

We also tried the My Mexican Cousin which is St Ali South’s popular dish. It wasn’t bad, a bit oily but I guess it’s a glorified deep fried corn fritter. The saganaki on top was nice though.

All up, the atmosphere was great, the wait wasn’t and we tried something new. The barista took too long to make the siphon coffee and the owner was a bit rude when I went to pay. I’d go back just to try some other dishes but not rushing back anytime soon.

St Ali South
12-18 Yarra Pl
South Melbourne
VIC 3205 AUS
(03) 9686 2990

112 Tram – Stop 127 Clarendon St/York St
96 Tram – Stop 127 South Melbourne Market

Sydney Weekend Getaway

Sydney Weekend away was so good. We’ve been to Sydney heaps and this time it was more to relax and eat and less sightseeing. We had great fun.

Places we covered:
Harbour Bridge
Opera House
Circular Quay
Darling Harbour
Chinatown
Star City
Sydney’s Fish market

Places we ate at:
Opera Bar
Cyrens
Chat Thai
The Falconer
Zumbo’s Dessert Train