Food and Drink
Posted by Jo Greggains
16. May, 2013
Tucked away on upper Little Lonsdale Street is Water Flame. Manned by happy staff with a similarly disposed décor, this unassuming Taiwanese place is good for a quick bite after work before you dash off to a show or gig nearby.
The great thing about Taiwanese cuisine is that it’s genre-straddling, reflected in the extensive menu. Chinese and Japanese influences are apparent with won ton soup ($5.80) through to bento boxes ($9.00) and a range of sakes on offer, as well as traditional Taiwanese dishes.
The crowd-pleasing popcorn chicken ($6.80) was served with deep fried basil leaves, which gave the dish a nice fragrant kick. However I wish I had realised that the pork ribs with spicy salt and chilli sauce ($9.00) were also deep fried, as I would have ordered something else for a bit of variety. By the end of the meal I was stuffed and looking enviously at vegetables on other people’s tables. Luckily the refreshingly chilled 13.5% sake ($8.50) was a sprightly digestive.
Perhaps it was the choices I made on the menu but I was left feeling a bit over-fried at the end. I also die a little on the inside when the only chilli sauce on offer is the Thai sweet variety.
If you’re watching the clock (or your wallet) then this place is a winner – plenty of tables, friendly service and well-priced. If you’re watching your cholesterol then perhaps not.
336 – 368 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Mon – Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat 5pm – 11pm
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