We were shown to a table immediately, near the entrance and window, which was pleasant. The service was a bit hit-and-miss - but I have a feeling it's not really the focus of most Victoria Street restaurants. We'd brought a bottle of wine, which was promptly opened and poured, and our order of prawn and pork rice paper rolls for a shared entree also arrived very quickly. The dipping sauce was delicious: sweet and thick, with peanut and onion bits.
|Pork & prawn rice paper roll|
|Chicken & vegetable stir fry|
|Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce|
|Flounder with ginger & fish sauce|
As a starting point for Victoria Street dining - I'm sold!
Following dinner, we had some delicious white sangria at The Aviary (271 Victoria Street, Abbotsford side) - it included mango and lychees, so it was really fresh and fruity - and a Hendricks & soda with cucumber at The Vic (281 Victoria Street, Abbotsford), where the bar girl interestingly suggested cracked pepper over the top (delicious, although I was fairly trolleyed by this point so anything would have been delicious!).
|Hendricks, soda & cucumber with cracked pepper|
It was pretty quiet at The Vic, although I guess it was a Sunday night, but I'd expected it to be a bit more vibey. It'd be a great place for a date, with its booths down the back, but wasn't exactly warm and friendly feeling. Maybe I should try the front section next time.
Planning to head back to the Aviary soon, as (a) it's walking distance from my house, and (b) my housemate and I want to try their "Cheesy Tuesday", where you get two glasses of wine and a cheese board for $25. However, I am saddened and unimpressed that, some time ago, they stopped making my favourite cocktail in ALL OF MELBOURNE: the Sticky Lips Martini. It featured vodka, Frangelico and Cointreau, with an orange peel garnish and ginger marmalade around the glass rim (hence the 'sticky lips' part...). Friggin' delicious. Then again, it's probably better they did take it off the menu - if they brought it back, I'd never leave!