Food and Drink
Posted by Carla Sammut
14. Jan, 2011
There is a distinct a lack of places to go for a special date when you’re vegan. Even though I’ve received patchy service from Gingerboy in the past, the food has never faltered and keeps me coming back. The Asian-opium-den-of-the-future fit out is beautiful but cramped and the seats can be uncomfortable. The win however is the twinkling fairy lights and dark cavern atmosphere that keeps you hushed and leaned in towards your date.
The food is majority hit with a few misses. Ask for the dedicated vegetarian menu when you sit down; the menu changes seasonally so ask about what’s vegan. This trip was impressive as all items on the menu except the Son In Law eggs were vegan. Gluttonous and still quite full from our late lunch we tried three entrees instead of the usual procession. Rice balls with caramel soy dressing, salt and pepper tofu, san choy bao and banana fritters with coconut sorbet.
Gingerboy’s salt and pepper tofu is the best I’ve had, spicy, salty with a liberal squeeze of lemon juice, the tofu is so soft it almost squirts into your mouth when you crunch into the batter. Divine. The san choy bao was thick, dark and heady, made with mushrooms and water chestnuts, a dish I continue to think about. The rice balls were too hard and crunchy with not enough dressing, thankfully these were the only miss of the evening as everything else was delicious.
Although the entrée portions are on the small side we were satisfied, but having experienced the fritters I couldn’t let the date end without wowing my dining partner. Perfectly crisp, creamy banana served with melt in your mouth house made coconut sorbet, the two combined are heavenly. One small gripe, the amount of sorbet for a dish to share is so small, we ended up ordering another serving.
This trip the staff were immaculate, around when needed and invisible when not. The food was completely on, perfectly paced and the atmosphere was relaxed yet lively on a busy Saturday night. At a little over $100 for two the food, surroundings and staff make Gingerboy hard to beat. Have someone to impress? Gingerboy’s your man
27 – 29 Crossley St, Melbourne
Lunch: Mon – Fri 12 – 2.30
Dinner: Mon – Sat 6 – late
Gingerboy Upstairs: Mon – Sat 5 – late
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