Restaurant of the week: Mahjong, VIC

November 4, 2009

Our secret Melbourne food reviewer “Dishy Daisy” checked out this Cantonese gem and fell in love with the fried custard.

Fitzroy Street in St Kilda is a colourful area. I once saw Chris Lilley in the IGA there! I spotted Ron Barassi was on a tram I boarded at Fitzroy and Princes St. This one guy asked me for $10 because he cut his foot on some broken glass – he certainly had. All walks of life. All varieties of dining as well.

Max Tsang, owner of Mahjong, has therefore chosen to boldly effect his contemporary Cantonese cuisine at the top of Fitzroy just across from the start of Albert park. The space, formerly a car showroom, is carefully decorated. A fine collection of ornate teapots from China can be found discretely placed in barriers throughout the restaurant. Each of these barriers depicts a symbol, roughly translated as ‘luck’, and weighs about two tonne.

Max met me and the door and was excited to take me through his favourite Yum Cha dishes of the menu. He’s clearly thought these through as what came to the table felt authentic from a modern angle. Tasty flavours were found in a selection of shrimp soup, won tons, egglpant with steamed chicken, scollops on greens with garlic, steamed beef in a mandarin sauce and finally a fried custard bun (best fried custard OMG). Each dish came with a nice drop of wine – so when dining don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation when walking through the wine list.

Mahjong is not crowded and raging like it’s Fitzroy Street counterparts, not that it needs to be, yet it is sure to leave one feeling well dined and relaxed – maybe even a little pampered. We could ask for worse.

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