Gingerboy 27-29 Crossley St Melbourne Hot or Not review

For various reasons, I’ve had to cancel three successive meals at Gingerboy – now I’m half-mad at my friends that I’ve been denied for so long.

Gingerboy is awesome. The narrow space is darkly sexy and very cool, with plastic piping echoing a tunnel made of bamboo sticks and red silk threads fringing elements of the space in an oriental touch. While they do two dinner sittings, we didn’t feel rushed through our meal. Most importantly, the kitchen is confident in its handling of Singaporean, Cantonese and Thai cuisine, presenting appetising dishes full of bold and punchy flavours.

Gingerboy 27-29 Crossley St Melbourne Hot or Not review

The menu starts with a series of snacks and street food and we had been told by all and sundry that the must-try dish was the son in law eggs ($13.50 for 3). These don’t look that good to eat, but taste fantastic – an explosive softly poached egg covered in Thai spices and deep fried, offset by the zing of chilli jam. While I was instructed to eat it whole, I couldn’t fit it into my mouth and chew as well, so ended up with a splatter of yolk across my plate. (For those  interested, a brief write-up on the intriguing name.)

Gingerboy 27-29 Crossley St Melbourne Hot or Not review

Gingerboy 27-29 Crossley St Melbourne Hot or Not review

Our other choices were some plump and fresh-tasting prawn and ginger dumplings with peanut chilli soy ($15 for 3) and the smashed green papaya salad with sticky rice ($14) which unfortunately tasted much the same as the salad base of our one of our main courses, the sweet and sour pork belly ($35).

Gingerboy 27-29 Crossley St Melbourne Hot or Not review

Our second shared main was spicy penang chicken curry with tumeric, garlic and mint yoghurt. It looks like a bit of a sloppy mess in the fuzzy photo but the tender chicken matched with rice was my second favourite dish of the night after the son in law eggs.

Gingerboy 27-29 Crossley St Melbourne Hot or Not review

I desperately wanted to try the dessert platter but my friends weren’t up to it, so I sallied forth alone with the steamed lemongrass pudding with white chocolate and chilli icecream. It was perfect combination of east-west flavours, and I particularly liked the chilli’s kick in the cold icecream.

Gingerboy 27-29 Crossley St Melbourne Hot or Not review

With two drinks our bill came to around $50 each. So while Gingerboy is not your everyday dining venue, it is so good that I’m already planning my next trip to try the other parts of the menu.

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