(Melbourne) Chin Chin

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A list of Melbourne’s top restaurants would not be complete without at least a mention of Chin Chin. This Asian fusion restaurant (with a bar inside) offered uncommon, but certainly not unpleasant, food selections that certainly lived up to expectations, at least personally and for the most part. Food was remarkably exquisite and of high-quality, and worth every bit of the premium price attached to it. I’d definitely love to come back for more.


 – General Review –

Overall Rating: 9/10

Pros 🙂

  1. Amazing. Food. Period.
  2. Large space, could accommodate many at once.
  3. A wide variety of food options to choose from.
  4. A unique and fitting servicescape that wonderfully combined both restaurant and bar into a single high-end and chill environment.
  5. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  6. Opens everyday.

Cons 😦

  1. Due to its popularity, there’s usually a long line of people waiting for a table, especially during mealtimes.
  2. A walk-in restaurant that didn’t take reservations, unless for a table of 10-12 people. This usually left people like me with no choice but to wait, unless I was there at an unconventional hour or walk in when it just opened (and even then seats started filling out within the next hour). Understandably, this policy was implemented to model after the “shared-eating concept” in the “hawker dining halls of Asia”, but dammit, did it have to be so crowded all the time?

 – Food Experience –

[X] Recommended dishes are represented by a checked box (based on personal preferences).

1) Kingfish Sashimi: [X]

Incredibly fresh and stimulating to the taste buds, the Kingfish Sashimi was an excellent combination of sashimi, lime, chilli, coconut and basil. It might not have the most impressive presentation or the most generous portion, but this appetizer was definitely one of my favorites from Chin Chin.

Kingfish Sashimi ($23)

Kingfish Sashimi ($23)

2) Chin Chin Pork “Roll Ups”: [X]

This was another dish that packed a punch in a bite. The red braised suckling pig, thin pancakes, slaw, and Asian herbs all carry unique flavors that came together in creating a beautiful balance of taste and texture.

Chin Chin Pork 'Roll Ups' ($20.50)

Chin Chin Pork ‘Roll Ups’ ($20.50)

3) Twice Cooked Grass Fed Beef Short Rib: [X]

Easily my favorite dish in Chin Chin, the beef short rib was exceptionally juicy, sweet, and tender. Who knew you could eat ribs without a knife?

Twice Cooked Grass Fed Beef Short Rib ($30)

Twice Cooked Grass Fed Beef Short Rib ($30)

4) Caramelised Sticky Pork: [X]

The skin on the outside was so satisfyingly crispy although the meat was exactly the opposite. However, I thought the sauce was a little too sweet.

Caramelised Sticky Pork ($27.50)

Caramelised Sticky Pork ($27.50)

5) BBQ Chicken Satay: [X]

I wouldn’t say it’s extraordinary and the price might be a tad steep for a small portion, but the satay was, nonetheless, highly enjoyable with the peanut sauce, crushed peanuts, and shallots.

BBQ Chicken Satay ($23)

BBQ Chicken Satay ($23)

 

Location: 125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne – VIC, Australia (3000)

Contact number: +61 3 8663 2000

Website: Chin Chin

Operating hours: Sun – Thur: 11am-11pm

Fri – Sat: 11am-11:30pm

Posted by: V

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