Yum-Cha Navy Sinks Shark Fin Inn
Danni and Sylwyn came to visit Melbourne for a week. As part of their tour, Sunday yum cha was in order. We decided to lay siege to Shark Fin Inn. With international gastronomic aid from Singapore, we couldn’t possibly lose. So we formed a Sunday flotilla of 6 hungry stomachs and set sail for the CBD.
It became evident that my petite Singaporean visitors were more like veteran Vikings. They had eager eyes and very robust stomachs. I swear their little bellies could plunge into depths far deeper than mine! I was nearly speechless when the whole table filled up with dishes within 5 minutes of session commencement. I tried suggesting that we hold our fire for a bit and pace things, but the international fleet kept targetting the passing trolleys with precise fingers. Dishes kept coming until we ran out of table space and even had to stack baskets on top of each other!
I have invaded this territory in the past. Had a memorably good dinner here, and a reasonably good yum cha session with a large armada of friends. Unfortunately, this particular session turned out more disappointing than before despite our amazing firepower. I’ll now list the naval units that we have defeated and comment on how they were sunk.
Some dishes were quite good here, but the dishes that disappointed us bordered on being unacceptably disappointing. One good thing is the reasonable prices at this joint. After ordering tons, the bill still ended up at less than $25 per person. At other joints it’d be $35-40 I’m sure. I might hold off revisiting this place for now, but I’ve heard that the nearby branch (Shark Fin House) is considerably better. I might give that a try.
Yum cha remains a hit and miss expedition in Melbourne. I will end my 2010 campaign for now and head home to regroup for next year. Once I’ve got operation yum-cha 2011 set into motion, rest assured that you’ll continue to receive further accounts.
Your venerable leader,