Two cities on opposite sides of the country. One known for its stunning city beaches and sunny lifestyle. The other is cold and cultural, known for its footy and food.
Both restaurants have South East Asian cuisines on offer, both are among the coolest venues in their hometown, but how do they really stack up against each other?
Both venues offer Asian share food. Big, bold flavours, fragrant curries, crispy starters – everything wonderful about contemporary Asian inspired cuisine in the one meal.
While The Apple Daily describes their menu as “modern Asian cuisine”, their chef and owner, Andrew Moore, has a background in Malaysian and Chinese food.
Benjamin Cooper over at Chin Chin is also serving up South East-Asian food, loosely of the Thai variety. Regardless, both have dishes that will leave you desperate for more. Think chilli, coriander lime – all sorts of punchy, mouth-watering deliciousness.
Chin Chin is set out like a big hawker style dining room in the middle of Bangkok. Long share tables, a raucous, noisy atmosphere and huge, light windows overlooking Flinders Lane. Music varies but there is more seventies and eighties rock than one might expect from one of the hottest places in Melbourne.
The Apple Daily is the upper level of the Print Hall, a classy bar in the business district of Perth. Apple Daily horseshoes around the one side of the Print Hall and looks down over the corporates and twenty-somethings enjoying a tipple. It is dark, mysterious and sexy.
The Apple Daily is loyal to local beer and cider producers, showcasing exclusively Western Australian varieties. The Print Hall and Bob’s Bar on the rooftop above are great places to have a drink.
Chin Chin on the other hand boast an all-Australian wine list, every quarter featuring a different local winemaker. And a drink at GoGo Bar downstairs is always a good bookend to the evening.
Definitely try them both. While there can be quite a wait at both places on a Friday or Saturday night, a drink at their respective adjoining bars are a great way to kill time until you get a table. No matter which coast you are on, you are guaranteed some delicious Asian food to share with friends over a drink.