While restaurants may be closing their doors, one of the biggest names in Melbourne’s food scene, Michael Lambie, is opening a new one. Known for his love of Asian food having previously helmed Lucy Liu, Michael is opening Soi 10. This new collaboration between the Grosvenor team is his latest venture. Soi 10 is everything we need right now – amazing food, perfectly catering to the new no-contact world. Food can be pre-ordered, picked up without leaving the car and devoured without plates or cutlery.
Taking its name from the Thai word for laneway, Soi 10 brings a selection of Asian street eats to East St Kilda. “Not too cheffy,” says Lambie, and his menu perfectly brings together the sweet and spicy punch of Thai, the freshness of Vietnamese and comforting richness of Malaysian. The stars of the show are the buns and dumplings, like the king prawn dumplings with ginger, chilli and spring onion ($14) Smaller dishes include soft shelled crab with roasted rice ($16). For those wanting something big, Lambie’s take on Rendang beef features toasted coconut and pickles ($18) won’t disappoint.
Located beside the Grosvenor Hotel at the end of its drive-through bottleshop, Grosvenor Cellars, Soi 10 fills the space recently vacated by the St Kilda Burger Bar. The hotel has greatly expanded this area in recent weeks, transforming the bottleshop into a grocer that now offers top tier export quality meat, pantry staples, fresh bread and, of course, alcohol.
Soi 10 at The Grosvenor Hotel 10 Brighton Rd, St Kilda East VIC 3183
MIGHTY DUCK FRIDAYS AT FIREBIRD
The flame at Firebird by Hanoi Hannah is burning once again with ‘Mighty Duck Fridays’, a Vietnamese take on the classic French dish Duck a l’Orange, with 30 serves available for pre-order and collection every Friday. Taking four-days to prepare, Head Chef Steven Ngo (prev. Long Chim) brines, marinates, and stuffs each Mighty Duck with spring onions, lemongrass, garlic cloves, sesame oil and oyster sauce, before slowly roasting them with burnt orange zest and five-spices in Firebird’s custom-built oven. Each Mighty Duck also comes with a side of egg noodles tossed in chive oil, gai lan, and Ngo’s special sauce – a reduction of the cooking juices, a grilled orange and pickled ginger. The Mighty Duck is $59 for a full duck and sides that feeds up to 3 people.
Pre-order a Mighty Duck via the online store and collect on Friday between 4:30 pm-6:30 pm for your Firebird fix.
Pre-order online Monday-Sunday via: https://hanoi-hannah-firebird.myshopify.com/
Firebird by Hanoi Hannah 223 High Street, Windsor VIC 3181