I’ve been waiting to share my favorite restaurant in Melbourne with you. Yes, yes, yes, Australia, and the restaurants in Nice and New York City and many other places too. I either have to blog every day for a month or you have to stop requesting recipes for a while. Australia was the latest trip so I still remember what I had, so let’s start from there.
Aussies are so lucky, they have all this great produce that was picked at the just right time, and nice meats there as well. I ate fruits from the supermarket (one great thing about Australian supermarkets, they tell you where the produce came from) and LOVED them.
There wasn’t only a lot of tropical fruit but also a lot of Asian ingredients. I don’t know the percentage of Asian population there, but it seems to be easier to find ingredients to make Asian food from scratch and also a lot of pre-mixed offered. Plus there are Asian restaurants are on every corner.
Red Spice Road is one of the “Asian Fusion” restaurants. On their website, they claim to be a “SouthEast Asian-style dining” place, but don’t believe the advertising. On the menu you can find not only Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese and maybe even Laotian, Burmese and Cambodian (I have to admit that I’m not so familiar with their cuisines as much as the first four), but also Chinese, Indian, and there might be more.
However, each dish has been “creatively modified”. Even though the traditional dishes are recognizable, the mysterious aura of creativity peaked my interest and I wanted to try ALL of them. Unfortunately, I can only carry one stomach while I travel, you know, so that was my only disappointment with the restaurant.
WHERE: Red Spice Road
27 McKillop St., Melbourne, VIC 3000
Phone no. (03).9603.1601
There is another location at QV Melbourne, 31-37 Artemis Lane QV, Melbourne, VIC 3000. This one is right in the QV Building. I almost got to eat there but the day I decided to go, they closed for their employee holiday party. Sad story, very, very sad indeed.
Phone no. (03).8660.6300
WHO: John McLeay
McKillop St. Open Monday – Saturday
Lunch 12 − 3pm, Dinner 5pm – late (but not too late) Saturday 6pm – late
QV Building Open every day
Lunch 12 − 3pm
Dinner 5pm – late (but not too late) Saturday, Sunday 6pm – late
Check their website for exact hours http://redspiceroad.com/
HOW: Walk in or make reservation either call or book on their website
The menu here seems to change quite often so don’t be married to these samples I offer. Explore and experiment but check with the waitstaffs regarding how spicy it would be. I recommend twice-cooked lamb ribs…eat them for me….(sobbing)…until I get back there again.
Watermelon with Sticky Duck and Cashew Relish
This is the can’t-miss dish that makes us want to go back there again. Twice-cooked lamb ribs. My guess that it’s the “Chilli Salt Lamb Ribs with Pineapple Tamarind Dipping Sauce”.
Fried fishes with snake beans and basil that was too spicy for me.
The vegetable salad in curry that was so much milder and taste like Indian food…yummy
Black sticky rice and mango but I’m so use to the real Thai style sticky rice and mango so this dish is just good.