Pigging out in Melbourne

By Cubie - August 31, 2019

I have friends visiting from Singapore and there were many food opportunities. Thanks to my friends, I had the chance to visit some new places and revisit some.

Chin Chin
125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

I don't usually recommend Chin Chin to friends, not because it is bad but one needs to queue to get in. No reservations allowed for a party of less than 10. My friends wanted to try so we rocked up for a late lunch past 2pm on the Saturday they arrived. As it was later than regular lunch time so we didn't have to wait. We had the $69.50 (per person) Feed Me option. It was great, they decided on the food and continue serving us till we are full.

Little Something (From top left, clockwise): Corn fritters with lettuce cups chilli jam, ginger, mint ($25.5); Kingfish sashimi lime, chilli, coconut & thai basil ($28.5); Chin Chin pork "roll ups" slow cooked pulled pork pancakes, slaw & hoisin sauce ($25.5)
Stir fry, rice & noodles - Pork & Thai basil stir fry with crispy egg & lettuce cups ($25.5)
Salad - Crispy barramundi & green apple salad caramelised pork, peanuts & chilli ($34.5)
Greens (L-R): Stir fried green beans & shredded coconut, burnt chilli & cashew sambal ($14.5); Barbequed cauliflower with curry spiced coconut cream curry leaf and chilli ($23.5)
BBQ+rotisserie: Twice cooked beef short rib shaved coconut salad & prik nahm pla ($36.5)
Curry: Green curry of white fish with apple eggplant, krachai & thai basil ($33.5)
To finish: Vietnamese iced coffee panna cotta with cashew praline

The Mill
71 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

We catching up with some other friends for lunch the next day on Sunday. It was meant to be brunch but I booked happily booked it for 12pm so it ended up to be more of lunch. So we had a small brunch - a BLT sandwich to share and a coffee each.

Magic Mountain Saloon
62 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

After 1/3 of BLT sandwich to tie us over to lunch, we walked over to Magic Mountain Saloon for a long lunch. It is a little different to the usual brunch fair, more like fusion Thai brunch. Little P and her husband very generously paid for our lunch.

I had the one with sticky pork sticks and shrimp rice plus dessert of Thai tea crepe cake.

From top: Sticky pork sticks, shrimp rice, shredded omelette, apple & mint salad ($19.5); "Son-in-law" eggs, daikon croquettes, cashew, kale & avocado salad ($19.5)

From top: Black sticky rice, coconut cream, roasted rhubarb pear ($12.5); Coconut & pandan tiramisu ($14.5); Thai tea crepe cake & honeycomb ($14.5)

Laurent Bakery
306 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 3006 Vic

It was Y's birthday so we had round 2 of dessert because she didn't had cake at round 1. 3 cakes to share among 6 of us.

From top left, clockwise: Concorde, Christine, Passion tart

San Telmo
14 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

To further celebrate Y's birthday, we had some excellent Argentinian chargrills. I really like San Telmo but it is definitely a more pricey eatery.

Tartar - O'Connor's flank tartare, egg yolk, potato crisps ($18)

Entraña - O'Connor's premium pasture fed hanger steak 300g ($42)

Cuadril - O'Connor's premium pasture fed rump cap steak 300g ($38)

Sides of charcoal roasted sweet potato, creme fraiche, almonds, lemon, dill ($12); and roasted cauliflower, charred pickled onion, manchego cream ($12)
Humberto Canale Sauvignon Blanc ($61)

L-R: Limón - Lemon sorbet, prosecco ($8); Araña - Fernet Branca ice cream, Fernet Branca syrup, coca cola ($10)

Pinchy's | Melbourne Lobster Roll
Shop 3-026 Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Y is an avid IG user and found that Pinchy is offering the foot long lobster roll so we went to try this for dinner on a Tuesday night. Y and R had just returned from Yarra Valley Wine Tasting tour that day, so we had a foot long lobster roll to share with fries and salad side.

This wasn't cheap though, priced at $35 with a small discount if you follow them on IG which YC did. I enjoyed it but not something that I would be rushing back to eat again.

Foot-long Maine to Melbourne lobster roll ($35, followed on IG $29.50) + side salad and chips

Charlie & Co Burgers
Level 3/287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

We went to Sydney for a couple of days and this was after our return from Sydney. Y and R were travelling back to Singapore the next day on Monday and this was their last slot to shop. We took an Uber from the airport and straight to Emporium. This was another late lunch before some shopping activity.

It was named Charlie's fish burger but it was salmon the day we ordered.

At the back: Charlie's cheeseburger ($10.9); front: Charlie's fish burger ($15.9); side of onion rings ($7.5)

Super Ming
881 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071

This one was just one we randomly picked for dinner. It was ok.

Pork and prawns dumplings in chilli oil ($12)

Superming fried rice ($13)

Soy caramel eggplant ($10)

Red curry chicken ($18)

7 Apples Gelato
Emporium Melbourne, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC

This is Little P's favourite gelato joint. It is good but I usually go for one near my place instead. R and I shared 2 scoops of sorbets after our Feed Me meal in Chin Chin. Y went for dinner to catch up with her cousin.
Top: Lemon sorbet; bottom: strawberry sorbet ($7.5)

Side note: My narration on food is so non-existence. 

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