Though they claim their food is Thai, the ambience of the restaurant and their dishes are all more of a Thai fusion flavor. We started with the Kingfish Sashimi (22), recommended by a friend and several diners. While the flavors of the lime, chili, coconut and basil were a delicious blend, the mouthfeel of the fish ended up being soggy and a bit disappointing. Next we ordered several dishes, including the classic Pad Thai (23) and Massaman Curry (26), as well as their Barbecue Pork Satay (23). I wasn't a big fan of their take on pad thai, as the dish was a little lacking in spices for a Thai food. The barbecue pork satay was even less impressive - as the meat was difficult to eat and the sauces being just mediocre. The Massaman Curry, however, wowed the taste buds of me and my friend! With a blend of kipfler potatoes, peanuts, fried shallots, and braised beef in curry, this was definitely the star of the night - and quite possibly one of the best curries I've had.
We each had drinks that were delicious and suited our dinner, and I would just about recommend one over the next. The ambience is quite dark and modern, so if you're looking for a traditional Thai restaurant, this isn't it. I love how Chin Chin feels - dark, spacious interiors with a modern industrial twist and a basement bar - but not only that, their service is decent even on an extremely busy night. Though I feel like their food could be a hit or miss, I can fully understand the popularity of this place that is embedded in one of the hottest streets of Melbourne.
Tips: arrive early after work! Open 7 days a week, 11AM till late
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125 Flinders Lane
#: (03) 8663-2000