Thursday, April 17, 2014

Coconut House, Melbourne CBD by Bureaucrat

Continuing my culinary expedition along Elizabeth Street (the bit near Vic Market), I convinced my team that we go to Coconut House for lunch.

CH is a funny place.  It’s actually in two locations, on the same street, but just with a few shops in between it.  You can order and eat in either shop, but the food is made in only one of the shops.  If you’re sitting in the other shop (as we were), you can see your food being delivered from the  other shop via the street pavement.

The menu is quite extensive and I love the cute Malaysian drawings they have up on the walls.  And rather pleasingly, the dishes are less than $10.  The dishes we ordered were around $8-$10.  Pretty impressive given how expensive eating out can be these days.

I went for the combination curry laksa, which came with sliced chicken, mint, tofu, fish cake, mussels and prawns.  The laksa wasn’t too spicy, which was a good thing for more.  I quite liked how the chicken was tender and that everything was pretty reasonable in terms of quality and quantity.  I also ordered a nicely tart iced lemon tea to go with it.

Mr G and Mr A both went for one of the house specials – the hometown fried chicken chop mee pok.  Mee pok is a flat egg noodle dish and is served with marinated mince pork and special sauce and egg noodles. Served with or without chilli oil.  It also comes served with a braised egg.  They both seemed to like it.  

Mr G went for the BBQ pork and BBQ chicken w rice and braised egg.  It also came with a small bowl of soup, and he seemed quite happy with this too.

Verdict
Food – 7
Ambience – 7
Service – 7
Price – 9

Overall
The food is quite reasonable and I can see why it’s so popular among uni students and office workers.  The serves are reasonably sized and the ingredients are also pretty good.  I can’t get over the price, which is super cheap.  Usually super cheap means super crap, but not here.  

Check out Big Fil’s review back in May 2010.

Address
Coconut House
449 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne 3000
Telephone: 329 6401

Coconut House on Urbanspoon

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow I should try one day!
in the main shop not the one with few shops away,

Eatandbemerrycrew said...

it's a reasonable place that's worth trying out if you're in the area.

Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) said...

Wow, the prices are amazing, especially considering the decent size of the meals! Quite the find.

Bureaucrat said...

Hi Lily - it's quite an unassuming place but it punches above its weight.

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