Chin Chin

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Chin Chin is one of the most iconic restaurant for Asian fusion in the heart of Melbourne CBD. Belongs to the famous Lucas Group and Benjamin Cooper as the Executive Chef are responsible for it's success. Chin Chin is also famous for only being a walk in restaurant except for a group more than 10 and even on weekdays or lunch, it remains busy all year long.

My mom has been eyeing for Chin Chin for years but somehow we never get to take her there because of the long line but this time she has decided she wants to have her birthday at Chin Chin. We arrive at 5.30pm and we have to wait until around 7pm for a party of 5. Chin Chin is as vibrant, busy and fun as always. My mom and I started with Thai Iced Tea but in our opinion it was too thin and tasteless, maybe we prefer the traditional Thai iced tea.

We were so hungry so we ordered an army of starters; Corn & Coriander Fritters - iceberg lettuce & chilli jam ($ 17.5), Crab & Pork Cakes - salted duck egg & tamrind nahm prik ($16.5) and Caramelised Sticky Pork - sour herb salad & chilli vinegar ($27.5). We love the crab and pork cakes the most, it was delicious. Our second favourite was the super crunchy pork, the corn coriander fritters was good but over shadowed by the other two.

Somehow we were offered both of this dish for free; Chin Chin Pork "Roll Ups" - slow cooked pulled pork pancakes, slaw & Asian herbs ($22.5) & Isaan Style Spicy Hot BBQ Chicken - chilli & shallot nahm prik ($26.5). The rolls ups was interesting but the chicken was very well seasoned, perfectly cooked and we all love it.

Twice Cooked Beef Short Rib - shaved coconut salad & prik nahm pla ($29.5) and Dry Red Curry of Soft Shell Crab - snake beans, thai basil & kaffir lime ($36.5) with roti basket ($6.5). Both of this dish were the star of the night. The beef was tender, the spices seep into until the last bite of the ribs and the soft shell crab was super crunchy and delicious with dry strong red curry.

Pineapple & Egg Fried Rice - spiced shredded chicken, cashew, mint & chilli ($20.5). It was a bit but we love it, the spices was strong but well balanced. We would love to order this again when we come back to Chin Chin.

We were pretty full but we can not end without desserts, originally we just want to order one dessert to share cause two of our party wasn't up for it. But surprisingly, we got one dessert free so we ended up with two dessert; Banana Roti - condensed milk, nutella, sesame seeds & cinnamon sugar ($17.5) and Sticky Rice - baked tapioca custard & tumeric caramel ($14.5). For us, the dessert was the let down through out the whole meal. The banana roti was dense and average but the sticky rice was the better dessert out of the two.

We were fully impressed with the starters and mains but the dessert was a bit of a miss for us, the service once we were seated were fast, attentive but my mom said she find it hard to talk cause the room was pretty noisy but besides that the dinner was a success.

Chin Chin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Chin Chin
125 Flinders Ln
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Monday-Thursday & Sunday: 11am-11pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-11.30pm