Wednesday, January 7, 2015

East - Melbourne, Victoria

East is a contemporary wine bar and tapas sharing-style restaurant with a menu that reinterprets the Chinese dining experience. Brought to you by the team behind the cult Hu Tong restaurants, East offers Melbourne’s most innovative interpretation of traditional Chinese flavours with a wine and asian inspired cocktail list to match.

Ginger Mojito - White Rum, Lime Wedges, Mint Leaves, Ginger, Sugar Syrup, Ginger ale 16.8

Shanghainese stir fried noodle with pork and mushroom 13.8

Signature Shanghainese pork spare ribs 25

Signature Steamed juicy pork dumpling (6) 10.8

For dessert, we couldn't resist stopping by Spring Street Grocer's Gelateria Primavera...

Would we go back? The service and the cocktail was great, while the noodles and dumplings maintained the high Hutong standard. For us, the signature spare ribs were a slight disappointment and simply tasted like overpriced sweet and sour pork. But overall, East is an elegant and refined addition to the Hutong family. We would definitely revisit if a) we couldn't get a table at Hutong and desperately wanted our favourite Hutong dishes, or b) we were in the mood for a more intimate dining experience and desperately wanted our favourite Hutong dishes!
Time and date of visit: 5:30 pm Wednesday 3 December 2014

25 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (ground floor of Sheraton Melbourne Hotel) (03) 9650 8838
Open 7 days, 11:30 am to 11:30 pm

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