All of my previous blog posts have been a mere warmup to this point. Now we get down to business, finding and sharing with you: the best food , the best restaurant and dining experiences, the best value for money and (of course) all the places that you want to avoid if you’re after any of the above – in Melbourne.
A bit dramatic? Probably.
But Chin Chin definitely deserves it.
Admit it, you’ve been dying to hear what I think of Longrain, one of the city’s most venerable contemporary Thai restaurants. It’s a dining experience; it’s about the service, the ambience, the wine and, most importantly, the quality of the food.
So most of my work crew were excited to go have our Christmas lunch here the other week (yes, we’re a little late, December was too busy for lunch!) and I was too. I had come here only once before, after trying numerous times on a Friday night to get a spot – it’s extremely popular. Best bet is to always book a table, but you’re going to need a number of people to do so; they only take bookings for Friday lunch (in fact, the only day they’re open for lunch) and for larger groups. So they suggest you put your name down on the waiting list as with so many other places in the non-booking zone of the CBD (this really irks me) – or you can just come early as I did that time.
So imagine our collective disappointment that Longrain did not live up to our expectations.
So it was a rushed date night a few weeks ago when the Boy and I needed to get a good, cheap meal and keep it quite local. We were tired, stressed and a little bit overwhelmed by all of the moving we’d been doing that week. I missed the old Thai date nights down in Moonee Ponds, so I suggested Thai… and I managed to pick a winner.
Ticha Thai is located a little further down Victoria Street, away from the busy strip. It wasn’t particularly busy for a Friday night, but it filled up as we were being served. One thing to note about coming here is that it is BYO, including beer. They don’t have anything on offer, but then again, Thai Iced Tea really does the trick (like a dessert and drink all in one… yum) so we didn’t miss out on much.