Celebration was in order in honour of a friend's birthday so a bunch of friends made a booking at the Lost Angel Bar & Restaurant, recommended by a colleague of mine. Nestled at the corner of Spring Street and Victoria Street in Melbourne CBD, we were able to easily find this restaurant. As we appeared at the door of the restaurant at 6:30pm on a lovely autumn Monday, a friendly waitress greeted us and whisked us inside.
From outside, Lost Angel Bar & Restaurant does not stand out in any respect. Inside, the décor is equally lack-lustre. The cosy courtyard beckoned us, but fear of unprecedented rain ushered us inside. With the place being fairly quiet, we could choose any table and finally settled on a table by the big glass window. Our table overlooked the fluoro blue, hot red and electric pink lights of the busy Spring street and Victoria street. The waitress left us after lading each of us with a humble, one page long menu.
A spirited discussion ensued since the modest menu while offering few surprises still held much charm. We could take our pick from the likes of soft shell crab, crispy pork belly in Thai red curry, Rockling fish fillet, pad thai, king prawns tom yum soup and so on.
Decision-making proved to be nothing short of a challenge. Since sharing is the best way to savour a wide range of dishes, a referendum was passed to order 5 dishes which will be shared by all. Within 10 minutes our food appeared on our tables in quick succession. The aroma of the freshly cooked, piping hot food impregnated the air and appealed to our nostrils making our juices flow. Famished after a long day at work, we attacked the food with all the zeal we could muster.
We first turned our attention and spoon towards the King prawns tom yum soup. The hearty soup was flavoursome and fulsome. The plump prawns were thoroughly enjoyed.
The soft shell crab, garlic and black pepper was easily my favourite. I have a penchant for seafood and this dish lived up to my expectation. The deep cried crab had a crisp, battered casing which broke away to reveal crab meat infused with the tantalising flavours of garlic and black pepper. Garnished with lightly fried onion, red capsicum and spring onion, this visually pleasing dish tasted as good as it looked.
With much eagerness, we sampled the chicken in Thai green curry which was served with jasmin rice. While the rice appeared to the dominant member of the serving plate and the curry portion was not that generous, we found the meat to be tender and juicy which was beautifully complemented by the lip-smacking Thai green curry.
The highlight of the dinner was certainly the Rockling fish fillet. The golden brown, fried Rockling fish was soft and succulent and was a real treat to my tastebuds. An absolute foodie delight, this dish was served with lightly fried red capsicum, garlic, chilli and Thai basil. It was impossible to stop eating until we had scooped up the last morsel left on the plate.
We still had some room left for dessert. Imbued by the friendly waitress, we proceeded to order two types of desserts. The fresh roti bread with banana and egg filling resembled crepes and was fragrant and sugar-sweet. The addition of the coconut ice-cream definitely enhanced the flavour of this dessert. The banana dumpling intrigued all of us. Sticky and thick in texture, the dumpling evoked the taste of banana and had at its core red bean paste. After the tentative sampling of the first spoonful, the dumpling received the tick of approval from the diners and everyone tucked into the dessert with enthusiasm. In partnership with the coconut ice-cream, the banana dumplings were delish!
Banana dumpling and roti bread with banana and egg filling
Our tummies were filled to the brim as we emptied our plates. Our minds lulled to a happy state of mind and we continued our animated conversation.
Lost Angel Bar & Restaurant is a place to enjoy a scrummy meal with a drink while holding long conversations. The atmosphere is cosy and languid where you may just end up staying longer than anticipated.
My advice to you will be to not to be in a hurry when you visit Lost Angel. And, do come hungry.
Located at 285 Spring St, Melbourne, Lost Angel is highly accessible by public transport. Only minutes away from Parliament railway station, trams and buses, Lost Angel Bar & Restaurant makes an excellent rendezvous venue for catching up with friends or grabbing a bite to eat with near and dear ones.
The opening times of the restaurant are as follows:
Monday to Friday: 8am to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
A few extra tidbits about the restaurant:
- Seating capacity: 60-80 people
- Has toilet
-Take-away is available
- Available for function hire
- Fully licensed for both drinking or dining
- Inside and outside seating is available