Monday, September 10, 2007

Eat @ Gingerboy

Hidden in one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways lies one of the city’s hottest new restaurants, the tantilising lovechild of renowned chef Teage Ezard and it is here where you next want to be dining.

Gingerboy (27-29 Crossley Street Melbourne Ph: 9662 4200) is the dark, sexy and ultimately satisfying dining experience that is also a little cheeky. And it’s all part of the fun. From the busy barman creating deliciously naughty cocktails through to the well-intended upselling by the wait staff, Gingerboy is one hell of a fusion experience. And the food is something else.

Like so many hip Asian-inspired restaurants that have opened around the city, Gingerboy encourages sharing main meals allowing to try more entrées. The theme is Asian hawker market and so an emphasis on Thai and Malay dishes abound and they are all mouthwateringly yummy.

We started with the now infamous Son-In-Law eggs, crumbed soft boiled eggs with chilli jam, which explode in your mouth combining the warm yolk, chilli and Asian herbs and followed with the deliciously simple but oh-so-tasty Crispy Chilli Salt Cuttlefish. The flavours are light and combine well without making you feel bloated or regretting your order and provide the perfect introduction to the main meal.

The Pork Ribs Rendang was simply delicious combining the right amount of spice and flavour without being too heavy and fattening. The pork was succulent and juicy absorbing the curry well. Although this was a ‘specials’ dish, if it were on the regular menu, I would highly recommend it. We coupled the rendang with Fried Corn Cakes and a delightfully refreshing Prik Nam Pla and Paw Paw Relish salad.

Coupled with some quality wines, we left Gingerboy satisfied and definitely full. The restaurant itself is decked out in glossy black bamboo with mystical fairy lights adding to the modernist intimacy of the experience. The waiters are extremely helpful and provide wise suggestions and even add a casual, relaxed element to a sophisticated venue.

I can’t really fault Gingerboy except to say that there are other places (such as Tom Phat) which offer similar cuisine at far cheaper prices. But sometimes we just have to treat ourselves to a night out. Gingerboy is definitely a repeat venue if only for those Son-In-Law eggs, but the menu is outrageously tempting, several visits may be required.

5 of 5

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2 comments:

underneath said...

Great blog - keep up the good work.

Duncan | Syrup&Tang said...

Goodness me, another devotee! Every way I turn, people seem to rave about Gingerboy. But glad, too, that you mentioned Tom Phat as it's nice to get a broader perspective:)