Asian-style set menu delivers dish after dish of decadant treats
GINGERBOY: REVIEWED BY MEGAN MILLER
SPINAL Tap sung about them, now Gingerboy is flaunting theirs.
Since September, chef Teage Ezard’s upmarket hawker haunt has been offering Big Bottom(less) Sundays. It’s the first time in its 10-year history that Gingerboy has rolled out of bed on a Sunday, but Ezard says it was an easy decision to channel Los Angeles and New York in their brunching ways to meet demand for weekend dining options in the CBD.
You’ll chopstick through 11 panAsian dishes from a set menu, the bottomless bit coming from the booze – a steady supply of Chandon sparkling, either straight up or in mimosas or yuzu bellinis. The full package is $98, but food only is $63. And do book.
This is no smash-and-grab, in-andout yum cha. Sittings are two hours, (though ours bordered on three which felt way too long).
Each plate was bold and balanced when it finally lobbed, debuting with tom kha, a creamy luxe Thai coconut soup with fresh tofu pieces. Other highlights were rich and silky oxcheek potsticker dumplings, szechuan spiced pork bao tempered with onion jam and pickled cucumber, and fragrant sticky rice thick with chicken and lap cheong (Chinese pork sausage).
Finish on a sweet note with the decadent dessert platter of five mini treats. Wage spoon wars over a rhubarb and strawberry crumble with five-spice anglaise, a white chocolate tamarind parfait, pandan mousse, coconut cardamom panna cotta and a steamed ginger pudding with spiced cream.
And after all those bubbles, Gravity Espresso takes care of the coffee.
Whether it’s restorative or just because, brunch at this laneway lovely might be expensive but makes it easy like Sunday morning. Just be ready to settle in.