It was about 6:30pm when we arrived and there were a few people ahead of us as to be expected and when it came to our turn we were told it would be a 45 minute wait. Not the end of the World given it was still early so we headed downstairs to Go Go bar for a vino and waited for them to text us when our table was ready. Go Go is one of those dark, moody, atmospheric bars and we were welcomed warmly and the waitress found us a place to sit at the end of a communal table. Lucky for us one of the comfier sofa area places soon became free so we moved over. We opted for a glass of Gewurtztraminer each which was fragrant and floral and truly a Thursday delight.
Our table was ready well within the 45 minute timeframe they gave us so we headed back ready to sample some yummy food.
The meal started off well with the kingfish sashimi and the requested pork roll ups. We also had a tom yum dumpling soup which was super salty...so salty it was almost bitter so that wasn't a particularly pleasant memory. The chicken wings with chilli and coriander were just that - I love a chicken wing and this was neither out of this World or terrible.
Our main courses included the beef short ribs which was tender and meltingly soft. The sweet glaze on the meat was off set by a sharp and tangy dressing. There were also some other meat dishes which I can't remember but I recall feeling very full and everything was very heavy. Stef and I agreed that the waitress who selected our dishes didn't quite get the balance right and it was too meat heavy. We found her quite a defensive character though so we didn't want to incur her wrath by making a big deal out of it. I had mentioned when she asked us if we were enjoying the food that the soup was overly salty and she didn't know how to react. I think if you're going to ask a question, be prepared for an honest and sometimes unexpected answer. Stef mentioned when she asked us again how we found the food that there was a lot of meat and she just sucked in her breath and cleared the tables. When she returned she expressed that we hadn't had just meat because we'd started with fish and other things. So we felt like we'd been told and how we felt didn't really matter.
Real shame we had this experience and upon our next return, I think we'll choose ourselves. I think there will be a return visit because Chin Chin is just one of those Melbourne places that warrants return visits.