Fusion lunch at Chu ManChu

   

Chumanchu – Cafe and Restaurant
2/4 Gilbert st, Preston

I’ve never really ventured out to eat in this side of town. My grandma, aunty and uncle live just off High street but since they’re such great bakers and really know how to smash out a spectacular home-cooked meal, we hardly need to check out the eateries in this area.

So when I had the chance to check out this Asian fusion place just off Bell street I was really excited (thanks for taking us out to this place Doan!). The collaboration between Nursing Mamas and Elk Accessories was the reason we took over one corner of this wonderfully styled restaurant. We sat down at the end of an all morning photo session to a fragrant and colorful spread of Asian dishes and can I just say straight out that the chicken satay skewers and its sauce were absolutely amazing! It was either that or I was just so hungry hehe! But seriously the satay sauce was a perfect blend of flavors that I wish they sold jars of them – I would’ve bought a whole box!

We Ordered:

– Fresh house made Rice Paper Rolls (we had the vegetarian and pork and prawn ones)
– Satay Chicken skewers served with Asian herbs and house made satay sauce (Oh so freakin’ good!)
– Vietnamese Spring Rolls
– Cappucino and Vietnamese iced coffee (the hubby had had two cappucinos! Must’ve been some smooth coffee)
– Com Tam Broken rice with grilled lamb steaks, marinated in lemongrass, Asian spices and topped with fried egg and Vietnamese kim chi
– Pho Viet rice noodle soup for the soul with free range chicken
– Warm black sticky rice with shaved coconut, milk and papaya (this looked so pretty and tasted just as nice! I’ll definitely be ordering this dessert when we visit this place again)

There are lots of other options on the menu such as green lentil dahl, Japanese okonomiyaki panckes and bircher muesli and other breakfast stars. Chumanchu is both stylish and welcoming at the same time. Perfect for a family lunch date, a romantic date or a coffee catch up with fellow mama friends. It is also kid-friendly and has a kids menu with lots of space for parents with prams to move around.

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Work lunch #3 How do you eat Asian food without any cutlery? Here’s how!

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Thaiger – Gourmet Thai Burgers
Shop 16, The Walk Arcade, Melbourne

We took a tram up from work to check out the burger place with unusually dark buns. The chips were seasoned nicely and we could smell those distinct Thai flavours I love so much as our burgers were served to us.

We were lucky to snag one of the 3 little tables outside this place, the latest offering from the owners of Fomo (we love their roast pork with 3 different condiments). I opted for the fish burger as I had eaten so much meat on the weekend and it was a nice light burger with robust flavour. It filled me up even without a side of chips – my friend and I shared his fries.

You may think “Not another burger joint” but we welcome their concept of fusing Thai dishes with burgers so that you can enjoy Asian cuisine without having to use any cutlery! Tom yum on the go, nice one. 😉

I was surprised that even though we visited during what I thought would be the lunch hours rush, we didn’t have to wait long for our orders (must’ve been the wet Melbourne weather. Score!). With friendly service and the sauces bursting with flavour we sat satisfied with our burgers, though my friend mentioned that he would’ve liked to see a more even soft-shell crab to bun ratio. Other than that we enjoyed lunch and the friendly service and will definitely be back to try more!

We ordered:

Plaaaaa Burger – crispy crumbed fish with sweet sliced pineapple, onion, capsicum and sweet and sour mayo

“Pou nim” Black Burger – crispy soft shell crab, Granny Smih Asian slaw and sweet and tangy dressing with chips and a bottle of water

There are also salads available and sweet potato fries for those who are looking for alternatives to the burgers.

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