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Published June 2nd 2012
Dining at Chin Chin
There's a saying that we often eat with our eyes and not our stomach. Take a trip to Chin Chin and you'll come to fully understand why. When food looks as good as it does here, you just can't help it.
Walk into the Flinders Lane restaurant and you'll be assaulted by mood lighting, loud chatter, and random pink florescent bunnies. The decor's a little all over the place, but it keeps things interesting.
Take your pick from the menu or just tell the wait staff, "Feed me", and you'll get a surprise selection of Chin Chin's favourite dishes at $66 per person.
Don't bother asking what they're going to serve up. They won't tell you. So settle for telling them your dietary requirements and allergies and buckle up for a culinary adventure.
The Kingfish sashimi ($18) is served with lime, chilli, coconut and Thai basil. Don't expect the kind of sashimi that you're used to at Japanese restaurants. This dish is reminiscent of a Vietnamese rice paper roll with a new twist. A must.
The Chin Chin pork 'roll ups' ($18) are a do-it-yourself kind of dish. Served with red braised suckling pig, slaw and asian herbs, be prepared to get your fingers a little dirty as you wrap the ingredients in a pancake before sinking your teeth into it. It tastes like Peking duck with an added dollop flavours.
Next up, hold onto your seats for what the waitress described as the 'most adventurous dish' on the menu. Don't anticipate some super hot curry that's going to get you crying.
The crispy sardines ($18) with nahm prik pla yang and steamed vegetables were really something else. Whole sardines show up deep fried, with their eyes wide open staring at you. Full points for originality, but definitely not to everyone's palate.
When the chilli plate ($6) shows up at the start of dinner, don't get ready to faint. The chilli jam is mild, but steer clear of the others if you don't want to turn a bright shade of crimson during dinner.
Finally, finish with the grilled banana roti bread ($12) that's served with sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon sugar. It's a new take on the tried and tested pancake and a variant of the goreng pisang that's ubiquitous in South East Asia. Simply delectable.
My husband and I did the 'feed me' thing 2 weeks ago and were not disappointed. We had king fish sashimi, soft shell crab curry, ribs, son in-law eggs and many other dishes that I can't remember, all really tasty and the service was the best we had received in a long time.
Go, you wont regret it, but you will have to wait for a table, we waited 2 hours early on a Tuesday evening, but hardly a chore, sipping cocktails in go-go the cocktail bar downstairs :)