It’s no secret we spend a lot of time dining out, and why travel all the way to Leederville or Mt Lawley when Victoria Park is a skip and a jump down the road! A cultural hub filled with street art, quirky breakfast cafes and alternative shopping choices, it’s a personal favourite as it still has the cool vibes of its city suburb sisters, but it just seems so much more relaxed. The food scene is always evolving and changing and a new crop of lunch and dinner choices have made their way to the park. Here are three new restaurants you need to visit next time you’re in the area – trust me, they’re delicious!
CHIN GRISH | 249 Albany Highway
First up, the decor and styling is so fun and colourful. We visited on a cold and rainy night but the restaurant was bright, warm and inviting. Colourful neon signs hang from the roof featuring crazy, hilarious one liners and vibrant chairs look fabulous against the dark wooden tables.
Everything on the menu is made for sharing, but the portion sizes are huge (even on the small share plates). First up we tried the Pok Spring Low or Pork and Asian Slaw Spring Roll with Da Hong Vinegar. The spring roll was crisp and well cooked, and the filling was moreish. The sauce was a little bitter, but they didn’t even need it as the flavour was delicious and strong in the pork. I’d order this again. Next up we tried the Folded Arms in Red Oil or Pork & Cabbage Dumplings with Szechuan Chilli dressing. Holy moly – these were amazing. So fresh and smooth and the sauce was the perfect addition. We loved the pork and cabbage filling! We then shared the BBQ Pork Salad with pork belly, pineapple and thai chilli jam. This dish was fresh and full of flavour, and very unique! I loved the crunch of the cucumber and sprouts and the soft well cooked pork. Loved it. The cocktail list is also perfection, and we can’t wait to visit again!
TWO GRINGO’S | 257A Albany Highway
Such a cool little Mexican restaurant in Vic Park! We visited for lunch and fell in love with the interiors as soon as we got in. A lot of Mexican restaurants are over the top with their decorating, but Two Gringo’s is minimal with pops of Mexican flair.
The menu is short and sweet but features all the classics. We ordered a Guacamole, Salsa and Chips to start and the Salsa is insane! Made from the owners family recipe, it was slightly sweet and so rich and lovely! I could have licked the bowl. The Guacamole was fresh, zesty and chunky just the way it should be. For my mains I ordered the Taco Trio. The flour tortillas were very traditional and floury, unlike the fake rubbish I’ve had at other places. The fish taco was my favourite of the three and the fish just melted in my mouth. The nachos were fresh, crispy and packed with all the traditional extras, including the salsa. Everyone loved them. I also stole a slice of Mum’s Quesadilla which was gooey and beautiful with loads of rich cheese and beautifully cooked chicken. This is the perfect spot for lunch on the run when you’re feeling festive!
MR MUNCHIES | 400 Albany Highway
Mr Munchies has been on my Wishlist for years and I was so excited when I heard they’d be opening a store in Vic Park. The interiors are modern and fun – cartoon art and subway tiles cover the walls and the space is bright and airy.
After intensely scouring the menu, I went with the Miso, Agedashi Tofu in Teriyaki and 2 Ways Duck Sushi. E ordered the Katsu Kilpatrick Sushi. We didn’t wait long at all for our food to start appearing. The Miso arrived first. Served in a cute little pot and piping hot, it smelt amazing. Taste wise it was equally as delicious. Slightly salty but very rich in flavour it was a really lovely starter. The sushi arrived next, and it was freshly made (we watched them make it) and a bit of a work of art! The 2 Ways Duck was absolutely divine. Featuring fresh king prawns and hoisin sauce, I wish I ordered the large serving. Of course I had to try E’s dish too, and it was so different but really nice! Featuring bacon and spicy mustard, it almost tasted like a sushi burger! Yum. Finally, the tofu. Silky, full of flavour and so delicate, it was a gorgeous light dish and the serving was very generous. With a menu that good we can’t wait to visit again!
Are you a Mexican, Asian or Japanese food fan? Which restaurant would you like to check out next?