Happy happy joy joy…

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in CBD, Dining, Melbourne, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Happy happy joy joy…

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I finally made it to Chin Chin for dinner – huzzah! CJ and I headed towards this hotter than hot new Melbourne restaurant just after six and were lucky enough to snag one of the last window bench seats. No bookings are taken so it’s worth getting here by 6:30 or looking for an 8pm seating when the crowd turns over.

I first came to Chin Chin a few weeks ago (opening week) for a cocktail and was terrible sad that I wasn’t in a position to try any of the amazing looking food and have been eager to head back ever since. The restaurant staff were as friendly as last time with a charming quirky twist making us feel instantly welcomed and at home.

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We settled onto our low stools (surprisingly comfortable) and began to peruse our placemat menus. CJ generously agreed to go vegetarian as this menu is perfect for sharing. Our friendly waiter recommended a few sharing plates for us and we selected two starters (inc the corn fritters I had drooled over on my last visit) and a curry to share. The menu has a few veggie options but not heaps so it wasn’t too hard for us to make our selection. We checked with our waiter who confirmed we should still have room to share a dessert – yay. When ordering we were advised that the food generally comes out a little randomly so as long as you are ok with that its all good.

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The corn and coriander fritters arrived crispy and golden with fresh crunchy lettuce to wrap around and a sweet chilly jam to spread across. I was in heaven, these were scrumptious. I wish had snagged the chilly jam to accompany the remainder of the dishes. We chatted about movies, Bar Americano and about some of the other weird and quirky Melbourne finds for potential future blogs as we ate our spring rolls with fresh veggies and our creamy sweet potato and eggplant curry. Some things were spicy but nothing extremely so. It was all delicious and left us full but with the perfect smidgen of space for a shared dessert.

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Ahhh dessert, our waiter only had to mention the word macaron for us to decide we wanted the tasting plate. It came out with a dark gingery rocky road, home made caramels all rich and buttery and something that tasted a little between a macaron and a macaroon. Each dessert came in four little pieces and was the perfect way to wrap up a lovely meal.

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Now, I normally wouldn’t dream of sharing a photo of a bill however when it arrived confirming the total cost at $20 each we nearly fell off our chairs. This was heaps of tasty, fresh and interesting food over three courses and it was that affordable? PERFECT. Even with a tip it was great value and I am even more of a convert than last time. I will definitely be back.

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I practically skipped the whole way home humming

Chin chininey
Chin chininey
Chin chin cher-ee!
I’m as lucky
As lucky can be…

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