YUMMY CHANS

Lucky Chan is a man who knows how to COOK. Whats that you say? BUT THEY ARE ONLY 58% ON URBANSPOON?! Well seems like they have got their shit together as the service was good and food delicious. A friend and I braved the thunderstorm last weekend to try out the crowd funded restaurant in Northbridge.  I was thinking the restaurant might  be fairly empty because of the rain but the place was full or brave souls. The ambiance in the restaurant felt lively with the bar right next to the service area. For the alcohol connoisseurs out there like myself the sight of a bar always warms the heart.

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Shot of Lucky Chan’s facing away from the kitchen

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Lucky Chan’s well stocked bar. Glad to see the significant contribution from Japanese whiskey distilleries.

We were sat at the bar and the Mahjong pieces under the glass table got my attention from the get go, just needed some enthusiastic Chinese aunties playing Mahjong and it would be a Mahjong Den. We started with a couple of drinks. I had the LMBT – Lychee Mojito Bubble Tea. A great combination as the sourness of the Mojito mixture is countered with the sweetness of Lychee. The fruit pearls were amazing as they exploded in my mouth with a slightly gooey texture (yes I enjoy balls exploding in my mouth) and were nothing like lychee jelly from a regular BBT shop.  The Lucky Lucky sling on the right was fruity although you could definitely taste the alcohol.

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The LMBT – Lychee Mojito Bubble Tea $18 (Left), Lucky Lucky Sling $17 (Right)

We got nuts. Szechuan flavoured nuts. Apparently they are meant to “challenge” the pallet. I suppose coming from an Asian background my pallet is not scared of such spice but they were tasty and I couldn’t stop nibbling on them all night.

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Szechuan strange peanuts $3

We ordered the Roast Pork Belly with Ginger Wine Jus and Lychee salad. This is going to sound weird but the lychee salad was the highlight of the dish for me. The dressing on that salad had so much flavour. The dressing tasted something like a sweet vinaigrette and the vegetables were so fresh they just popped when biting them. The pork was well cooked although a couple of the pieces were slightly tough while the other two were delectably moist. The flavour was good and well seasoned through out. The crackling was okay crunchy on top however slightly hard underneath making it hard to chew.

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Roast pork belly, ginger wine jus + lychee salad $16

The bao’s were a definite stand out for me. The texture of the buns were so soft like pillows whilst the chicken was crispy enough to pierce through the delicate bun. I could eat these all day. The lamb bao was tender and had a “pulled pork” consistency. The flavours and textures matched so well.

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Miso glazed lamb shoulder, pickled orange & carrot relish + coriander $7 (left). Buttermilk ramen chicken, iceberg + chilli mayo $7 (right).

This is a bold statement. But this is the nicest bowl of ramen I have had in Perth. It brought me back to Japan. The broth was thick and had deep flavour. You could taste the time that has been put into boiling this broth (I hope I am right on this and its not just packet). THE MUSHROOMS. I have never tasted elephant ear mushrooms that nice. They were marinated in a sweet a type of sweet but slightly vinagry marinade. The menma (bamboo shoots) were another stand out for me. Usually I have found them to taste quite tough but these were juicy and tender. The Chasu was melt in the mouth and the egg gooey (although sad I had to pay extra for it). Overall every component was amazing, as a bowl of ramen should be.

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Tonkotsu Ramen – chashu, elephant ear mushrooms, menma, + white & green spring onion $17.90; 62 degree egg $3.50

For dessert we had Black chocolate cake, aerated chocolate mango and raspberry sorbet. This dessert although simple tasted amazing. The chocolate cake was rich and moist. The chocolate and mango mousse creamy and flavourful. But the raspberry sorbet got my attention. The sweet flavour hit me like a truck, it tasted so fresh like the raspberries had just been harvested. This is probably the first ever sorbet that had got me turned on with a hot flush.

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Black chocolate cake, aerated chocolate mango + raspberry sorbet $15

The other dessert we bought was a fried jackfruit wonton, black sticky rice and coconut icecream. The black sticky rice was authentically flavoured and had the right enough of sweetness. The coconut icecream was equally as nice. However the fried jackfruit wontons weren’t crispy and the jackfruit was slightly of putting. Maybe because i’m a fail asian who “doesn’t know how to eat” jackfruit.

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Fried jackfruit wontons, black sticky rice, coconut icecream $15.

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More Deep Fried Chicken, this time in Burger Form

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Erichetti Place

Who would of thought strings of flags would make a place look so inviting. Sandwiched between Aberdeen St and Newcastle St is the lane way Erichetti Place. Inside is a quaint coffee shop (Flora & Fauna) serving healthy bagels and salads, whilst juxtaposed next door is the American themed Varsity Burgers. I contemplated being healthy for about 0.001 seconds before I was aroused by the menu at Varsity burgers.

I usually like to try the standard cheese burger when I go to a burger joint but I saw buttermilk fried chicken on the menu and my neural pathways that link fried chicken and BLISS were working in over drive. I can’t seem to escape fresh cooked chips and garlic aioli either.

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DA SOUL – Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cheese, Tomato, Boston Lettuce, Varsity Mayo $14. Chips and aioli $5.50.

The burger arrived and it looked amazing. The chicken was moist and well coated in that butter milk dredge. But I shall be honest the flavour of the chicken didn’t hit me in the face like I had hoped and the chicken could been pumped with a little more seasoning. The soft bun unfortunately countered the crisp chicken coating which made me consider the sin of using lettuce as bread the “carb free option”, as being viable.

The thinly spread varsity mayo had unfortunately alluded me until I was half way through the burger as it all was between the lettuce and top bun and not on the chicken paddy itself. This is a messy burger and a simple slash through the middle would have made the burger more manageable or maybe I just need to work on my burger eating dynamics.

Final point, if you have any thought of doing physical activity after eating this, I say to you good luck! As this burger takes a long time to digest, as I found out trying to play basketball an hour later. I thought a caffeine hit would have helped me digest quicker but it was futile. The long black from Flora & Fauna however, was full-flavoured with hints of citrus flavours encapsulated in one of the most artistically stunning take away cups I have seen.

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Long Black ~ $3.50

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