Melbourne is Australia’s cultural melting pot and with that comes an amazing food scene. It reminds me very much of New York in the sense that every time I visit I could eat at a new place and still never check all the amazing places of my list and trust me, I try! Those who know me well know that food is the way to my heart and the below places are my new found loves.
Asian food has come a long way with me. Growing up in the countryside of Pennsylvania, USA I didn’t have much exposure to the cuisine until I moved to Australia. Asian food for us growing up was Chinese chicken and broccoli stir fry and deep friend egg rolls. Those are definitely classics in our household once I flew to otherside of the world to live I was opened up to a whole knew world of cuisine. Back to Melbourne here are my top 4 asian inspired restaurants you must try.
Chin Chin, Flinders Lane, Melb
I know, I know, an obvious choice! My first visit to this legendary establishment was only this year. I had put it off for so long because of how popular it was. I thought it was more of a place to be seen than for the food. Wow was I wrong (ask my partner, this never happens!). As soon as we walked in the vibe drew me in, classic songs pumping over the speakers, the downstairs GoGo bar whipping out excellent cocktails that I didn’t even mind the 45 minute wait. We got seated at the back bar where they prepare all the food before it is served, amazing but also dangerous! It made me want to eat everything that came out.
The food was to die for and my only regret was that I didn't come here sooner because I needed more time to try everything on the menu. Highlight dish for me was the Kingfish carpaccio. Best news is that they are opening Chin Chin in Sydney now you don’t have to travel all the way to Melbs for this legendary experience.
Hanoi Hannah, High Street, Windsor
Whether it's a sit down dinner or take away, if you are craving Vietnamese look no further then Hanoi Hannah. The dim-light restaurant which is usually pumping with R&B music has an excellent food and drink menu. Everything is very reasonable priced and the duck spring rolls are to amazing!
Mahjong Restaurant, Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda
Yum cha at its finest at this St. Kilda Establishment. Every Sunday it is $35 for all you can eat. The menu is surprisingly diverse with over 40 items to choose from. Be sure to book in advance for you and a group of friends. Make sure to not miss out on the soup dumplings! I think I ate about three rounds to myself :)
Hawker Hall, Chapel Street, Windsor
From the creative heads behind Chin Chin there is no surprise that Hawker Hall is top notch. With a collective cuisine choices from Singapore and Malaysia the menus has a vast a choices all that will having you wanting more! The street style vibe of hanging Asian street signs, the bustling crowd and the killer cocktail make this a definitely hit list for any day of the week. Definitely go for the beef rendang, its epic. If you don't feel like a night out, you're in luck because these guys are on Uber eats.