Here we are; sitting with top buttons undone after inhaling a modern Asian-fusion feast of sorts. We’re ensconced down the back of a new restaurant, at the beach end of Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. Here lies U-Village restaurant, meaning “new village”, the international brand that has seen ten years of success in Malaysia.
Owner Kai Yee established the modern restaurant; furnished with the omnipresent industrial look: hanging light globes, a modern bar, teak furniture and terracotta pots to complete the “village” feel.
Yee has created an enormously fun menu, with tapas style entrees and mains designed to share. The food is predominantly Thai but with some classic Chinese, Malaysian and Japanese dishes: One will marvel at the size of the main meals, which gives rise to the smart but relaxed dining experience.
We sink our teeth into the Perilla leaf five-spiced prawn, with sambal, lime and caramel sugar ($8 for two), and the duck san choy bao, with pomegranates, pine nuts & sweet soy sauce ($10). The prawn entrée is small, but deliciously sweet and salty. A tip on eating the duck san choi bow: pour the light sauce all over it and slurp the juicy broth down in one messy go