The Near East: "Eastern Delights (South Melbourne)" Top 5 Page for this destination Mandarin Park Tip by leffe3

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A fusion of spices, influences and decor, The Near East is one of those gems that wins small plaudits from the food critics but scores much much higher with its clientele.

A large airy space, 2 shop fronts wide and wall to wall windows. The lines are clean, the linen white, the walls white and grey, the tables spread out so that you never feel like you are involved in the next table's conversation. Dotted round the rooms (there are three distinct areas) are Thai, Chinese, Vitenamese artefacts. Staff are efficient and friendly.

Favorite Dish: Food is a real fusion - the spices of SEAsia and Indian Subcontinent abound. Expect to see lemongrass, cumin, coriander, chilli, jasmin etc feauture in dishes.

Lamb Rogan Josh one of the best I have ever tasted, and the red duck curry with pineapple fascinating (thankfully this wasn't the 'Queensland' version of a duck curry shot through simply with fresh pineapple). Roti and jasmine rice complete the main course - I will be back!

Wines list is extensive without being overpowering (approx 7-8 options per grape) and good prices ranging from A$30-100 (with by far the majority falling in the lower price bracket of less than A$40)

Address: Park St, South Melbourne
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Near Clarendon Street.
Phone: +61 3 9690 7185
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 4
Theme: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 15, 2004
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