Friday, August 31, 2012

Yim Yam Thai Laos

Yim Yam Thai Laos
415 Mt Alexander Rd 
Ascot Vale 3032

There are three Yim Yam restaurants - the original in Yarraville, another in Collingwood and the one I recently visited in Ascot Vale.  After being in Moonee Ponds for a number of years the restaurant moved to larger premises in neighbouring Ascot Vale in May.  

I had ordered their takeaway before and been impressed with the food so was looking forward to dining in and I was not disappointed. The food was delicious and the staff attentive and friendly.  I was disappointed though to find out that they are BYO only.  I didn't realise this and would have liked to enjoy a nice crisp glass of white wine with my meal!  They do have a number of soft drinks on offer - but my lemon lime and bitters was not a good substitute :(

Seared Chicken Satay Sticks - $7.90

We started with Chicken Satay sticks.  These were a good version of this staple.  Nice sauce.

Tom Yum Spicy Prawn Stirfry - $18.90
The Tom Yum spicy prawn stir fry was the highlight of the night.  I love Tom Yum soup and this stir fry was full of those beautiful aromatic flavours - lemongrass, coriander, kaffir lime leaves, chilli - absolutely delicious.  Spicy but not too hot and the prawns and vegetables were beautifully fresh.

Massaman Lamb Curry - $14.50

The classic Massaman Lamb curry was very tasty.  The lamb was tender and it had a nice amount of potato and crushed peanuts.  The accompanying coconut rice was lovely.

Coconut Rice - $5.50

Banana Dumpling    $5.50

There were quite a few interesting options on the dessert menu. I tried the Banana Dumpling which was described as sticky rice and banana rolled into a dumpling, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.  It was served with a scoop of coconut ice cream. This was nice but I found the banana flavour to be quite strong and almost a little artificial and I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. 

Coconut Ice Cream    $5.00

The coconut ice cream was lovely with distinct pieces of fresh coconut.

Will definitely return with a nice bottle of wine next time!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Wharf Hotel

The Wharf Hotel
18-38 Siddeley St 
WTC Wharf 3005

Like Byblos the Wharf Hotel is located in the WTC (World Trade Centre) Wharf precinct. Located on the north bank of the Yarra River opposite the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (known to many as "Jeff's Shed") the WTC Wharf is easily accessible from Spencer Street or Siddeley Street. 

The Wharf Hotel is close to my work and has quickly become the place of choice for a quick lunch time coffee, an after work drink or a delicious meal.  The staff are great and I love the outdoor couch area overlooking the river.

Here are some of the dishes enjoyed by myself and friends at The Wharf.

The Wharf’s parma, steak chips & leafy greens $22

Steak chips, aioli $8.50

Heirloom tomato, crumbled feta & aged balsamic bruschetta $9.50
Pumpkin, pine nuts, fetta, balsamic onions $14
And a closer look!

Spanish chorizo, blistered tomato, garlic, chilli, rocket $16

The pizzas are particular favourites and great value.

Zucchini & corn fritters, coriander, yoghurt sauce $8

Chorizo, cheese & potato croquettes, chilli aioli $9

I loved the fritters and croquettes - delicious!  The chilli aioli was very moreish with just the right amount of bite.  Lovely enjoyed with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc!

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