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Cochin Wine Bar

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by Gwen O'Toole-Luscombe (subscribe)
Gwen O’Toole is an accomplished writer focusing on travel, food, wine and events management. Follow her on Instagram @Gwennieo
Published November 4th 2015
Get yourself to Cochin
Located on Richmond's buzzing Swan Street, and mixing together a clever fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine, is a tapas shared plate style restaurant.

Cochin is on the smaller side indoors (seats roughly 60 people), which is great as it never gets too packed or loud and it's the perfect place to enjoy a date night, a dinner with a small group of friends or a cheeky post-work vino!

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Mixing a perfect blend of Vietnamese and French, Cochin is now open in Richmond. Image:The Ideas Library

Cochin, pronounced like co-shin, graciously invited us to sample the menu and experience a little bit of everything they have to offer. Here are just a few of my favourites:

Kicking off the meal was a hand rolled vegetarian spring roll. Cochin also offer them with pork and prawn as a meat option. Not too oily, they offered the perfect crunch and texture.

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The vegetarian hand rolled spring rolls. Image:The Ideas Library

Our second appetiser was sugarcane prawns consisting of minced prawn meat, wrapped around succulent sweet sugar cane sticks, served with a dipping sauce.

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Sugar cane prawns, served up deliciously at Cochin. Image:The Ideas Library

Also perfect for sharing (it's the best way to try more of the menu) are the gluten-free deep fried chicken wings, served with a mildly spiced nuoc cham. These can be ordered as a plate of 5 or 10 pieces and offer a crunch that's perfect paired with a beer or cocktail (and I haven't even gotten to the amazing cocktail list which is definitely worth checking out!).

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These gluten free crispy fried chicken wings will leave you wanting more. Image:The Ideas Library

Both vegetarians and those preferring or requiring gluten free meals will both find plenty of menu options suitable for them and if you're there with a larger group of at least 10 and stuck trying to choose the right dishes to share, you can always order one of the set menu options and sit back to enjoy your dining experience.

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The gluten free soft shell crab is one of Cochin's more popular dishes. Image:The Ideas Library

Located on Swan St, it's easily accessible by public transportation and should immediately be added to your list of new places to check out!

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.
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Why? Enjoy some of Richmond's best Vietnamese
When: Tues- Sun 6PM to late, Lunch Fri-Sun 12PM – 3PM.
Phone: 03 9421 0510
Website: cochin.com.au
Where: Richmond, Melbourne
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