Deny them bookings and they will come. It works for this always-rocking diner where the menu is shaped a lot by the cuisine of Thailand but also India, Vietnam and other parts of Asia. Lines stretching down the street were common before the downstairs Go-Go Bar opened as a holding point for eager diners. Ask for a seat at the bar overlooking the kitchen, where you chat to the chefs (they’re not adverse to handing out samples, either) and watch what happens when hundreds of dishes are pumped out each day. Go for gooey-in-the-middle son-in-law eggs, roti madtarbak and, for those with mouths of asbestos, hot and sour duck-liver salad.
Flinders Lane is undeniably hip. Nearby you’ll also find Federation Square and it also intersects with Hosier, one of Melbourne’s most famous laneways.
Chin Chin | 125 Flinders Lane | +61 3 8663 2000