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“Wow best value for money and amazing food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chin Chin

Chin Chin
125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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Ranked #21 of 4,008 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
Miami
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wow best value for money and amazing food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been there several time and never had a bad meal, its a mix of Thai, Indian and Malay, shame you cant book a table but well worth the wait while you enjoy a drink next door at meatball or in there own bar down stairs.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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perth wa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“White boys cooking asian?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I lived in Asia for a while and he can be quite scathing about "white boys cooking asian" Flavours in Asia are big, bold and smack you straight in the face. They are not normally plated up prettily and not normally expensive. Having been to other 'Mod Asian' style restaurants run by Australians, we haven't been overly impressed. Although they looked the part, and maybe they looked too much the part, mostly they have failed to deliver. It was like drinking decaf coffee or non alcoholic wine. It looked right but often didn't have any ooomph. . My partner, daughter and I had smallish lunch there and mostly enjoyed it except for maybe the murtabak. It was too dry and did not have any clarity of flavour. The crab and pork cakes were very morish but have to be eaten hot. Crispy prawns were good but not as good as Cummulus and European. They were lacking in seasoning but the dipping sauce they came with was exceptional. The DIY pulled pork pancakes did not ooze juiciness from the pork as I would have liked. And pork should be juicy with it's high fat content, but it wasn't. Understanding of course it's not cooked to order or we'd be sitting there for 5 hours. Maybe if they were wrapped up better in the reheating perhaps?The crispy chilli salt chicken wings were on the point of being great. I think if they had been a bit bigger they also might have retained more juiciness too.The amount of meat on them we just a bit too scarce to make it worth the while having a good chew. In all the concepts were all great but only just fell short of greatness.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cardiff
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Always full”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Every time we passed this place was full so we gave it a go late afternoon before the evening crush. Food was good with the Scud curry living up to its name! Efficient service - perhaps a bit too much. Good ambiance.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Love it - try it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Hip buzzy fun noisy with super food and knowledgeable super-helpful staff! Choose your time well - the wait staff suggested mid afternoon as the best chance of being seated immediately. We had arrived on a Monday night around 6.30 and advised that there would be a 30 minute wait for a bar seat or 1.5 hours for a table. Do consider cooling your heels downstairs at Go Go. It is worth a visit in its own right, with table service, good range of boutique beers and wine by the glass. Our credit card followed us from Go Go to Chin Chin - amazing efficiency considering how busy everything was. Our seat at the bar was fine. Got to see the staff / food assembly in action, this added to the experience for us.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Noisy, common food and overpriced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

After reading the good comments on tripadvisor we went to ChinChin for lunch. The restaurant was quickly full and noisy. The busy waitress suggested us to choose 2-3 starters (~$15 each) and 2-3 mains (~$25 each) for...the two of us... if we wanted to have a "decent" amount of food. As we didn't want to spend our daily budget in such a place we took 2 "mains". Portions were ridiculously small, far too spicy. Their recommended carafe wine ($9 a glass!) was vinegar. Trendy and fashion place perfect if you want to show off but not if you love food.

Visited July 2013
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