Jinda Thai must be the most well-known and highest-rated Thai restaurant in Melbourne, and I was excited to finally see what the hype was about. We dined as a group of 6 for a friend’s birthday for lunch (note: they do not take bookings for lunch), and easily got a seat as it was a weekday.
The venue is large, spacious and clean, with a rustic vibe. The staff are warm and welcoming and the menu is extensive. Our waiter was happy to recommend us their most popular dishes.
We ordered a huge variety of dishes, including:
- Moo Ping Sticky Rice - these were grilled pork skewers served with sticky rice and nam jim. The skewers were amazing and the pork was very flavoursome and charred nicely. It went perfectly with the sweet and sour homemade nam jim and the sticky rice too.
- Som Tum Thai - an essential in Thai food. The salad was light and refreshing, sweet and sour, and had a nice kick from the spice.
- Red Curry Roast Duck - an amazing coconut-y curry, with a variety of tropical fruits and delicious roast duck. The consistency is more ‘soup-y’, and it goes perfectly with rice. It’s mild in spice but I found it not spicy at all!
- Panang Curry Beef - this curry had a thicker consistency, making it perfect to scoop up with roti. It was coconut-y and sweet, and perfect for those who prefer to have something non-spicy.
- Deep Fried Fish in Tamarind Sauce - an amazing dish! The tamarind sauce was sweet and sour and so addictive! The deep fried barramundi fillet was crispy and absorbed the flavour from the sauce. An epic dish (and one of their most popular).
- Soft Shell Crab in Curry Sauce - another delightful dish. It comes with two large whole soft shell crabs which are fried golden and crispy. The yellow curry sauce is thick and cooked with egg, which clings onto the soft shell crab and adds a nice flavour and soft texture too.
We also got Coconut Rice (4 serves) and Roti on the side to go with the dishes. The rice is delightful and fragrant, and the roti is perfectly soft yet crisp.
It was definitely one of the best, if not best, Thai food experiences in we’ve had in Melbourne. The food is decently priced and everything tastes amazing and authentic. Definitely a must-try if you haven’t already!
On behalf of The Miller Gallery and Charleston artist Olivia Bonilla, you're invited to a special opening reception featuring Bonilla’s newest collection of work, Grass is Greener on Thursday June 8 from 6 til 9pm. Sip crisp beverages and enjoy Bonilla’s first solo showcase in Charleston. The pristine, camera-ready warehouse space at Silver Hill Studios creates the perfect venue for Bonilla’s larger-than-life confectionary sculptures in Grass is Greener. A first generation Colombian-American artist, Bonilla focuses on unconventional materials such as pigmented cement and automotive paint in an array of hues, bringing us a fresh addition to the contemporary sculpture scene since 2018. During Grass is Greener visitors will experience a visual playground Cement transforms into frothy landscapes, resin drips appear wet to the touch, and automotive paint culture cross pollinates with Pop Art. This exhibition is an invitation to navigate nostalgia in a new way. Indulge in not-so- edible resin confection. Giant cement cupcakes, a towering wall of rainbow gummy bears, a 4 foot tall tongue-tied cherry, and a “sculpture garden” awash in color are just a few of the enchanting elements you’ll experience in this art show. A show for all ages, for Grass is Greener Bonilla brings back the color palettes of the 70s- 90s, three-dimensionally. Bonilla has taken the better part of a year to develop the largest works in this collection, eloquently adding to her artistic vocabulary. By creating her own silicone molds of sculpted cement she has been able to deepen the narrative of her work. Bonilla will be debuting a new series of classical sculpture reproductions that embody the bridge between Art History and color theory. With a BFA in painting, Bonilla revisits the influence of her classical training through an interpretation of the infamous “Nefertiti” sculpture and the “Head of David’'. Timely subjects to be included in her first large scale solo show, these two antiquated subjects have been brought back from the dead with a nod to today’s cultural celebration of Queens and sexualized masterpieces from the history books. We hope you’ll join us for June 8th, 9th or 10th at Silver Hill Studios to view Grass is Greener. See the show information attached for specified viewing hours and important parking notes. For a full catalog of the artwork, additional questions, or for inquires to purchase, please contact us [email protected]. Opening night: June 8 from 6-9pm Viewing hours: June 9 from 11-7, June 10 from 11-3 Silver Hill Studio is located at 2140 Amaker Street. Please see parking instructions
On the first Tuesday of every month, Parisian-inspired restaurant Félix offers a tasting menu with paired cocktails. The next dinner will take place on Tuesday, June 6th, with seatings from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. With five-courses total, each dish is accompanied by a signature Cathead Vodka-inspired cocktail, selected to highlight Félix’s curated menu. Guests can expect the following libations to accompany their meal: Watermelon Sugar – Honeysuckle Vodka with Watermelon and Basil Shrub, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Soda, and Chilled Watermelon Ice Cubes Milky Chance – Bitter Orange Vodka with Clarified Milk Punch, Citrus, Tea, and Simple Syrup Sweet Caroline – Fat Washed Pecan Vodka, Demerara, Benedictine, and Bitters Not Quite an Espresso Martini – Hoodoo, Cold Brew Infused Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur, Cocchi di Torino Vermouth, Averna, and Bitters Raspberry Beret – Raspberry Vodka with Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Green Chartreuse, and Egg White The cost is $65 for the coursed meal and an additional $85 for drink pairings ($150 total). For reservations, call the restaurant at (843)-203-6297. You can also book through Resy, but would still need to alert the restaurant that you would like to participate in the pairing dinner. Félix is located at 550 King Street.
June 9th Motown Throwdown - The Party at the Point happy hour concert series is back for the 2023 season. This family-friendly event is hosted on the beachfront of Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina and features live music, food, and drinks. Free parking is available along the road leading into the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.
Ever wanted to learn more about bourbon, the differences between Rye, Blended, Straight and more? Then join us every 1st Tuesday of the month as our Certified Bourbon Steward, Will Baber, teaches on the finer points of Bourbon, through a variety of tastings and pours featuring some of the best Bourbons available. "Will was our Bourbon sampler tour guide for the evening. Great job and well knowledgeable in all things Bourbon/whiskey." - Greg S. - Yelp Limited Seating. Join us for a bourbon tasting class and learn about the history, production, and tasting of this iconic American spirit. In this class, you will taste four different bourbons from different regions of the United States. You will also learn about the different flavor profiles of bourbon and how to properly taste it. This is a great opportunity to learn more about bourbon and to enjoy some delicious whiskey with friends. The class will be led by a certified bourbon expert who will share their knowledge and passion for this spirit. You will learn about the different types of bourbon, the history of bourbon production, and the different flavor profiles of bourbon. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about this fascinating spirit. This is a great event for anyone who loves bourbon or who is interested in learning more about it. The class is fun and informative, and you will leave with a deeper understanding of this beloved American spirit.
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