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Monday, May 14, 2012

Chin Chin

This was my second visit to this joint and after 1 hour and 20 minutes I finally got a table for myself and 2 friends. I really like the food and atmosphere but the idea of the wait always deters me from going there more frequently.

If you like your plum wine then you absolutely have to try the Choya Cocktail. The classic plum wine with a twist. You need to try to understand ;)

To start we got the Pork roll ups. This is a similar concept to Peking duck, except substitute the duck, cucumber and spring onion with shredded suckling pork, beansprouts and Asian herbs. The result is a fresh, crunchy, tasty pancake with sweetness from the plum sauce. Delicious!

Next is my absolute favourite, this one is something I somehow just don't get sick of. It's a Soft shell crab curry. This is a dry red curry, tossed with baby corn and kaffir lime leaves. It may have an intense flavour but it just works so well together. The crunch from the crab, the fragrance of the curry and the baby corn to give balance to the dish. This is the HG dish at Chin Chin for me.

Heard heaps about the Massaman curry, and was so keen to try it. Again did not disappoint; the curry has the nuttiness flavour well embodied into the sauce and had potatoes to give it the thickness. The meat was crumbly and soft. A very nice curry, very filling and very rich. Yum

By the time it was dessert I was truly filled to the brim, but being dessert time, I somehow made room (I really don't understand how my stomach functions). Could not go pass the Banana roti, banana wrapped in layers of sweet roti then drizzled with condensed milk. So bad for my hips but OMG heaven on my lips.

Also tried the Palm sugar sundae. As the name suggest the main flavour was the palm sugar. This was very sticky rich taste, not quite caramel but still a strong sense of the palm sugar presence. If eaten alone it may be a bit too rich for some.

Overall I was very happy with the food. Can't say I felt the same about the service. I got the sense that the waitress picked who they were friendly to. My friends and I almost had to stand up and wave our hands around to get any service but the table next to us had full service. The waitress sat down with them to go through the menu, but when we were ordering she was just not helpful and pretty much just told us to read the menu on our own. So the the service and the wait was a real let down. I would give it a 16/20

Pricing $$ is not too bad as they are big plates designed to be share. About $15-25 per dish, so pretty reasonable.

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  1. I hate service like that - really puts a bummer on the whole affair.

    1. It was a real shame. The night out was actually to celebrate my girlfriend's engagement so the bad service on top of the 1 hour and 20 min wait really dumpened the experience.

      Just disappointed with the lack of acknowledgment we got.

  2. Hi Missy, this review has resulted in me calling up my girlies and making a date at Sea Bay, very yum Asian food & very reasonable too (Sydney, you have to try it if you visit!)…there goes the diet! I'm visiting Melbourne this weekend for InDesign tho so definitely will pay a visit. I was wondering if I could maybe get some help? I’m working on a dating app atm, and a part of the app will have bloggers recommending 5-10 places in their city to check out for a first date, I was wondering if you might recommend maybe a few places you love? I will put links up to your blog on the app and so far we have 2,000 signed up to download the app (I'm pretty surprised but so excited!) you can pop on here – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG93enNmdHRPOTVuUWVqOFJMUElibnc6MQ or email me on lauren@heylets.com xxx


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