It was my friend R's birthday a few weeks ago so we went out to Chin Chin to celebrate. I was excited as I had been meaning to return to try out more of the amazing menu since my first visit here. This time we were seated downstairs at a little booth which was nice as it was much less crowded and noisy than upstairs.
|L-R: Me, E, L, birthday girl, A|
We ordered the perfect amount of dishes for 5 of us and were left feeling absolutely bloated but completely satisfied. We started off with a small serving of the wok fried salt and pepper squid with nuoc cham and vietnamese mint ($14.00).
We moved onto crispy barramundi and green apple salad, with caramelised pork, peanuts, chilli and lemongrass ($27.00). I have never eaten a dish with apple in it before so this was an interesting combination of sweet, sour and salty! Sounds crazy but the tastes fused together to create something very pleasant.
The good thing about eating with other people is that you try things that you otherwise mightn't order. I had no idea what to expect with this grilled tumeric marinated rockling with green mango salad, toasted coconut and tamarind dressing - a new addition to the menu apparently ($29.00). I still don't really know what I ate but it tasted good!
This dry red curry of soft shell crab with snakebeans, thai basil and kaffir lime leaf ($31.00) was amazing. Again, another dish I probably would have overlooked myself but wow this was probably my favourite. So delicious!
And of course we had to order the classic pad thai noodles with king prawn, peanuts, dried shrimp and cucumber ($27.00). I had this the first time I came to Chin Chin as well so I already knew it was good.
Special mention to L for being our server for the lunch with her pro skills haha.
After lunch the others still had room for dessert. This was the day I first started developing a cold (sounded like a man on the day - verified by E when she got a shock after answering her phone...) so I wasn't feeling my best. Anyway after a quick Urbanspoon check up, we ended up at Roule Galette on Flinders Lane - a cosy little French cafe.
|L-R: Me, E, L|
I just ordered an orange juice for extra vitamin C whilst the others got iced drinks and crepes which looks delicious but I absolutely could not fit anything else in.
Overall it was a lovely, relaxing Sunday spent with some of my favourite girls! Writing this has made me crave Chin Chin's all over again. I recommend going with a group of 4-5 people so that way you can try a variety of dishes without the pressure of an excessively large bill. Also it means you get a separate table to yourself rather than squished amongst randoms upstairs!