There’s some good news and bad news for lovers of funky, South-East Asian feasts. First the bad news: Saigon Sally, that sassy purveyor of Vietnamese flavours and cool cocktails is no more. The good news? In its place has popped up BKK, a pared-back den slinging some of the best street food-style Thai this side of the Yarra.
Gone are Sally’s sexy pop-art murals; now there’s a Bangkok backstreet vibe with rough concrete walls and backlit glass bricks that cast a tangerine Bladerunner-like glow. The Commune group (also behind Saigon Sally, as well as Hanoi Hannah, and Tokyo Tina) have installed ex-Nahm and Chin Chin chef Sean Judd in the kitchen, and he pitches the heat just right between authentically fiery and incendiary. And, if you can’t stand the heat, there’s a great selection of beers or a cooling basil and cucumber mocktail to douse the pain.
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It’s worth ordering the $59 “feed me” feast which kicks off with zingy betel leaves stuffed with smoked trout, pomello and ginger, and moreish fried chicken ribs, ramps up with a fiery grilled eggplant salad and sticky pork skewers, and fills you up with rolled rice noodles with sweet soy and a southern-style chicken curry. End on a sweet note with chilli sugar doughnuts and palm sugar custard.
- 2 Duke Street, Windsor
- 03 9533 2342