Chin Chin cherooo…

Posted by on Jun 4, 2011 in Bars, CBD, Dining, Vegetarian | 4 comments

Chin Chin cherooo…

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I can’t seem to not sing a la Dick Van Dyke when I think of this new Melbourne institution. It feels a little like it sprang up overnight but I believe there has been a lot of online chatter about this great new modern feeling Thai (with a hint of Malaysian and Vietnamese). Chin Chin, open for about a week now the place was packed to the rafters and already feels like a Melbourne classic. The place sort of reminded me of a blend of Cookie and Gingerboy but in such a way that it very much caries it’s own stamp.

20110604-100110.jpg(this image was shot after 11pm and still lots of people around)

We had decided on post play cocktails and having tried to get in here early for dinner (no luck) made the call to head back for a drink. Still packed at 10pm we took two of the last available seats at the bar and began to examine the cocktail list. Split between house specials and classics it was a diverse and interesting list.20110604-100059.jpg We watched the friendly speedy bar tenders mix drinks at a crazy pace and made our selection half by asking what others nearby were having (some looked very cool) and half on the yummy sounding ingredients.


Our drinks arrived and I was totally chuffed with my Lychee cocktail with Rose Petal ice ball keeping the drink cool. I do love a gimmicky drink. Dees was more of a classic and was fruity and fresh and seemed to go down easily.


We suffered severe food envy and I truly wish I had skipped or had a smaller dinner and held out to try some of the amazing, and I mean amazing, looking food. The menu seemed to have a good selection of veggie friendly food and is designed to be more tapas style sharing plates that were very reasonably priced. I fully expect I will be back here before the end of the month for dinner.


Chin Chin on Urbanspoon

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  1. This looks very cool indeed. T’will be heading there ASAP.

    • Get in early or be prepared to wait at the bar – this place is bustling!

      Let me know your thoughts on the food – it looked so good and I saw a lot of appreciative eating faces but would have been awkward to say to a stranger – is that really as good as your face suggests?

  2. Hi there! Greetings from Singapore! I just discovered your blog! Too bad I haven’t done so earlier! I was in Melbourne two weeks ago! I adore your beautiful city:) this is my second visit, my first was last year in September but it was for work then… Had a great holiday this time, we also visited Philip Island, Puffing Billy, St Kilda Beach and did some shopping. Chadstone is MASSIVE! :) Hope to visit again soon :)

    • Hi Esther, greetings from Melbourne! Am so glad you loved Melbourne and had a great time here. I haven’t done Puffing Billy since I was a teen but def needs to be on my to do list and how cute are the penguins on Phillip Island? Chadstone keeps getting bigger every time i go and there are always new things to do all across Melbourne. Hope you get to visit agin soon and see all that’s going on!


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