The previous Melbourne Hotel in Milligan Street has undergone an extended and really putting renovation, leading to a venue with numerous fascinating and thrilling meals and beverage retailers, none extra so than the Cantonese restaurant, Grand Orient.
In the area that was as soon as the foremost bar – I keep in mind a few years in the past, when the Old Melbourne was a prime stay music venue, seeing Taj Mahal performing right here –is now a really properly arrange Chinese restaurant – from the eye catching wall coverings, the mild fittings and to the plate and glass ware and attentive waiters it’s a powerful spot.
Lady FWO and I ended in for lunch throughout the week and the meals was excellent, certainly. As was the wine listing – a bottle of Swinney’s Tirra Lirra Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer mix went down a deal with with the meals – pears and citrus on the nostril, together with some musky notes, and a spicy palate with lemon and lychee flavours.
The menu is definitely not your run of the mill Chinese place – and we kicked off our meal with a plate of tempura battered oysters – crisply coated, juicy and slippery inside – and served on a mattress of greens sloshed in a spicy scorching and bitter sauce – numerous zing and chilli notes – excellent.
Next, one other starter, pan fried scallops – completely flash cooked, retaining a agency chew and served with basil, pine nuts and oil – the accompaniments not what you’d anticipate from this type of delicacies, however it all labored very nicely.
Moving on to the mains – and right here we had two completely splendid dishes – first Teo Chew fashion steamed toothfish – the fish flaky and succulent, sitting in a cloudy, salty broth and topped with a mixture of pickled vegetable strips – excellent, certainly one of the best fish dishes we now have had in current months.
And with it – truffle seafood fried rice – properly what are you able to say about fried rice? This was sensible – oily and al dente rice, flicked by way of with earthy and fragrant truffles and a mixture of completely cooked seafood – prawns, crunchy and candy, chopped scallops – so good.
And we completed with a refreshing dish of coconut filling pressed between layers of jelly – once more superbly introduced and a cool and palate enlivening end to a pleasant meal.
The Grand Orient actually is a press release of what high quality Chinese meals might be – that is only a stylish place – wonderful meals, nice surrounds, excellent drinks listing, skilled waiters. Recommended.