Freelance writer with a passion for anything that involves eating and drinking.
Published April 1st 2014
Asian street food hidden in a Melbourne laneway
If like me you are a foodie who loves eating at restaurants, then you will understand the predicament that arises when your friends suggest eating out in the CBD on a Saturday night. This not only requires days of planning and the careful studying of the good food guide, but with great power comes great responsibility, and the responsibility of making sure everyone enjoys the cuisine is one that weighed heavily on my shoulders last week.
Gingerboy is an Asian street food style restaurant located down one of Melbourne's trendy city laneways. On entering Gingerboy my party of four were immediately dazzled with the unique décor and the overwhelming smell of delicious spices and mouthwatering meats. The service was instantly attentive and we were soon comfortably relaxed with drinks whilst the knowledgeable waiter advised us on what we should order based on our personal tastes. As someone who cannot handle spicy food I always like to ask the waiter for food suggestions that will not set my mouth on fire. As there was four of us we had a lot of scope for what we could order off the vast and varied menu. We opted to put our trust in the waiter and let him order for us. A risk yes, but definitely worth it. Our waiter picked the most perfect selection of dishes with varying flavours. He had really taken into account our personal preferences and he had catered our order accordingly.
Our food emerged from the kitchen a bit at a time which kept us interested and excited about what was coming next. We were served a delicious selection of grilled wagyu in la lot leaves served with sour chilli vinegar, followed by sesame crusted swordfish tataki, avocado, garlic chips and shiso-wasabi dressing, and then crying tiger beef salad, roasted rice, cherry tomato, young coconut and coriander. Each dish was unique, delicious and like nothing I had ever tasted before. The waiter also selected 3 larger dishes for us to share; a slow cooked beef brisket, hot and sour sauce, fried taro and lotus root salad, deep fried silken tofu, black bean-chilli soy, crispy Asian coleslaw and baked blue cod and finally, tamarind-shrimp dressing, lime and coriander accompanied by jasmine rice. This may sound like a lot of food, and it was, but we couldn't stop eating. Even when our stomachs were screaming "ENOUGH" we ignored their pleas and continued to fill up on the wonderful flavours.
Some time later I had been beaten and was deep into my food coma, but my fellow diners did me proud and finished every last speckle of food. The waiter came over and congratulated us on finishing such a large amount of food and likewise we extended our congrats at his choices. Niceties over we were offered dessert. It was a unanimous no. Nobody had room in their stomachs although I am sure some of us were tempted.
The bill was reasonable for such a great meal, and as we all waddled out my friends praised me on my excellent restaurant selection and asked if I could pick another place to eat in the coming weeks. Success.