Friday, October 1, 2010

bopha devi - docklands

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A sweeping gesture of apology, "I have a car, we can go anywhere you want". Challenge thrown down the gauntlet. I sat there and thought for five minutes, where would I go? Plush Pizza in Hawthorn? Coco Loco in Northcote? No, I had to think of somewhere I would NEVER go and NEVER have been. Aha! Docklands! Genius! I had previously been to Bopha Devi in Yarraville and was supremely impressed with the food and knew they had a much larger restaurant down in Docklands. So we went. I had fantasies about Docklands being an abandoned sea side theme park, empty, kind of eerie, so full of hope that was ultimately dashed. I WAS BANG ON. This is Docklands on a Saturday night:

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The food? Sublime.

The pumpkin filled parcels were crisp but a little too greasy. The garlic chive cakes are knee bendingly delicious, perfectly crisp on the outside, gooy on the inside. The tofu saraman curry in all its coconut cream, perfectly spiced glory is the stuff sticky dreams are made of. Smooth, delicate and robust, doing a can can down your gullet until your eyes go all googly and your face does that Harold Bishop jowl shake and your calves start to quiver. In short, divine. The kicker? The entire dessert menu is vegan*. Both our desserts were that wonderful Asian combination of being not too sweet and not too creamy, a balanced way to end an amazing meal. Great service, good booze selection, the crowd? Oompah loompah orange side show freaks. If you ever find yourself in the depths of zombieville do yourself a favour.

Deets: 27 Rakaia Way, New Quay, Docklands. (or go to their Yarraville location). Best to book on the weekend, it gets a little nuts there 9600 1887
$$: Pumpkin parcels $10.90, Garlic chive cakes $11.90 (g/f), Tofu saraman curry $20.90, Steamed rice $3.50 p/p, Char grilled sugar banana rolled in sticky sweet rice and rolled in grated coconut $14.90, Black sticky rice crumble topped with grated coconut caramalised palm sugar $12.90


*bar the icecream menu
Ps:
I'm no longer doing ratings. I think my writing conveys enough.

9 comments:

  1. That black sticky rice crumble looks AMAZING. Be still my beating heart! (P.S. I'm still aiming to make and report back on the mushroom stroganoff... every time I've gone to the shops this week, though, the mushrooms have been far too wrinkled and sad-looking to buy!)

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  2. I can't believe the desserts are vegan! I live in Yarraville & have gotten takeaway a coupld of times (it's a bit too pricy for regular takeaway), but now I'll DEFINITELY be going more regularly.

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  3. ooooh, I wanna go! The Yarraville one is nearer to me, do they have the same menu?

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  4. that is so sad that docklands is so deserted - though quite understandable - must make it good for people living there to get a quick dinner - I could be tempted to go there just for the pumpkin parcels!

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  5. Oh my goodness, everything looks so yummy!
    We went to the docklands for some shopping when we went to Melbourne earlier this year. It was so quiet there. I wish I knew this place was there though.

    Rose

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  6. I used to eat there a lot when I worked in the desert wasteland of Docklands, so it's great to hear they're still making good food. It's easily the best place in that part of the wasteland...

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  7. Kate I'm pretty sure they have the same menu at Yarraville but you may want to check.

    hannah no worries! no need to stress if you get around to it you get around to it.

    johanna - cant say i'm surprised though right? it was doomed to fail from the beginning.. its a little piece of Sydney in Melbourne and no one wants that

    brian - glad to hear its the best in docklands!

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  8. Haha that picture of the deserted Docklands is quite funny. I admit, I get there about once a year. Good to know that there is a decent restaurant there, thanks for the review!

    Jetsetting Joyce

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  9. Just went to Gingerboy for the first time in a year last night, the food at Bopha Devi is far better. Pains me to say it!

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