If you’re wondering why I post about Melbourne so often, one of our daughters lives there. I love to visit and eat at the wonderful Melbourne restaurants.
Melbourne’s population is 4.5 million, about the size of New Zealand. So it is no surprise there are many good eating houses.
Melbournian’s love queuing for their food, even on a Sunday night. We got down to Windsor and put our name down at Mr Miyagi where we’ve eaten before and loved. But the wait was 1.5 hours so we headed across the road to the Hawker Hall and got in immediately. It was perfect timing as within 10 minutes the queue was out the door.
The secret is to put your name down at a few restaurants (as there are many in a confined space in Chapel Street) find a nice bar and wait for the first one to call you.
Anyway, the menu is extensive. It is like an upmarket hawker centre in Singapore or Malaysia, but the food was supremely better, without humidity and heat.
We devowed the duck curry, beef rendang accompanied by piping hot roti within seconds. The dumplings were perfect. But my all-time favourite was the kuey teow, big, fat noodles with chinese sausage and prawns. It reminded me of our time living in Singapore.
The atmosphere is buzzy with a few street signs inside to add to the ambiance. With the woks and steamers working overtime in the kitchen, the enticing smells fill the whole restaurant.
Mr Miyagi and the Hawker Hall are across the road from each other. So next time you feel like Japanese fusion, Singaporean or Malaysian food in an authentic environment for reasonable coin, head to Windsor.
Mr Miyagi – read BLOG the GLOBE’S review of this addictive restaurant.