Monday, May 21, 2012

Win for Chin Chin

Without a doubt I've abandoned this venture of mine into food blogging but this weekend me and one of my besties, Marija, had a very exciting Sunday planned. We were going to be ambitious, food wise, and make a long overdue visit to Chin Chin before seeing Florence and The Machine (!!!) later that night. Knowing that there would be a wait, I was anxious that we would get a fed at all.

We arrived at the well deserved, number one most talked about restaurant on Urbanspoon, Chin Chin at around 5:30pm. The waiter kindly told us that there would be a 45 minute wait (which I heard 5 mistakenly twice and got excited...just goes to show how deaf I can be). They directed us to the underground bar. We browsed through the menu for some non-alcoholic concoctions but there were none. But the waitress kindly asked us what we liked and they would make something up for us! Now that's service. Without thinking I said citrus (but really I meant tropical), good thing M had her mind in gear and said fruity or else I would be in all sorts of tingles.

Our surprise mock tails - They tasted exactly to the description of what we ordered and went down quite well with the delicious fed we had ahead.

 Earlier that expected, we receive a text message telling us our table was ready...and it was right at the kitchen bar! I could not be more excited. Seeing those chefs in their element, pumping out consistently well plated dishes was mesmerising for me. If we had more time on our hands, I would happily sit there for another good half hour watching them. Well enough about our seating arrangement, lets get down to business!

We ordered the Wok fried salt and pepper squid, Chilli salt chicken wings, Shredded chicken, spanner crab salad, roti and after watching them dish up several desserts at the bar we just had to order one!

The Wok fried salt and pepper squid - tender and flavoursome, delish! Best eaten with all the condiments.

The chilli salt chicken wings - melt in your mouth!

These are by far the best chicken wings I've ever devoured! They were melt in your mouth, packed with flavour and not oily which most chicken wings are. They went down an absolute treat. I'm yet to try more of their savory dishes but this was my favourite one that night. Highly recommend!
The shredded chicken and spanner crab salad

This salad was definitely tasty but the chicken was abundant and sadly the crab was scarce. But that was expected. It had jellyfish in it as well which I enjoyed, but not so much M. She was almost too scared to even try the dish after I told her "what are those slimy strings?". 
After our meal, we decided we had to try their dessert. And that definitely filled us up, good thing we only ordered one to share!

The Palm sugar ice cream sundae with salted honeycomb and lime syrup - this has won me over towards lemon-y desserts

Boy, this dessert is absolutely delicious. I've never been a fan of lemon-y desserts but this moderately sized cup of refreshing goodness has definitely won me over. The crunch of the salted honeycomb, then you hit the sweet sugar palm ice cream with subtle hints of coconut (or am I just going nuts) and to really hit your palate, the well balanced lime syrup hits all the right spots. We we're each prolonging each spoonful. This dessert alone is enough to make me go back.

I can't wait for my next visit. 9/10!


Chin Chin on Urbanspoon


  1. Hi Foodprints, this review has resulted in me calling up my girlies and making a date at Sea Bay, very yum Asian food & very reasonable too (Sydney, you have to try it if you visit!)…there goes the diet! I'm visiting Melbourne this weekend for InDesign tho so definitely will pay a visit. I was wondering if I could maybe get some help? I’m working on a dating app atm, and a part of the app will have bloggers recommending 5-10 places in their city to check out for a first date, I was wondering if you might recommend maybe a few places you love? I will put links up to your blog on the app and so far we have 2,000 signed up to download the app (I'm pretty surprised but so excited!) you can pop on here – or email me on xxx