As we approach winter, it can be easy to want to escape to the warmer, tropical countries of the world. Well, look no further than Bang Bang – a restaurant that exudes the buzzing atmosphere of South Eastern paradises.
Nestled in the heart of Elsternwick, Bang Bang oozes all things exciting and playful. Reminiscent of South Eastern influences with its lush greenery, hanging lanterns and bamboo stools, Bang Bang combines both the new and the old, and the East and the West. The ruminants of the rustic, red brick walls allude to its former functioning as a rifle range built in 1915, which has now transformed into an all-day eatery and bar. Its large, open space boasts natural lighting that flows into the tranquil outdoor courtyard, found directly underneath its eye-catching palm tree – complete with an outdoor bar, heaters and colourful chairs.
Colourful and bursting with flavor, its French Indochine inspired menu will be sure to excite! Its menu brags mouthwatering options – all of which you’ll want to try. It showcases aromatic spices, rich sauces, fresh herbs and draws from traditional techniques to curate beautifully harmonious dishes with hot, sour, salty, sweet and even bitter flavours. With so many options to choose from, bring a few friends to come along and try some with you.
Our pick is to start off with freshly shucked oysters with red chilli and lime granite and their famous smoked trout betel leaves. Next, try their crispy chicken ribs with lemongrass caramel, chilli and coriander, which has been a hit ever since it debuted. Trust us when we say, it’s good! Other favourites include their stunning Hiramasa kingfish sashimi and their succulent roasted pork belly paired with freshly steamed baos. Finish your visit with a bang with dessert options such as mango and yuzu mousse, carefully curated with white chocolate, raspberries and passionfruit sorbet.
And don’t fret if you’re unsure of what you want to try. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and can help you decipher what to order based on your preferences, dietary requirements and occasion. If you’re really indecisive, and have a group of four or more, opt for their “Bang-quet” which puts together a delectable feast for only $59 per person.
Spice up your Tuesday, with their ‘Bangin’ Curry Tuesdays’ – where a measly $15 will get you a curry and rice after 5pm. Current options include a flavoursome Red Jungle curry with barramundi, snake beans and peppercorn or a roasted pumpkin yellow curry. There will always have a vegetarian/vegan option, and with their curry specials being regularly updated, you could make this a weekly thing.
Relax with a cold drink guilt-free, thanks to $5 Happy Hour taking place from 4:30-6:30pm every damn day! Choose from selected beers, wines, bubbles and spritz. Or opt for one of their thirst quenching house cocktails. Our pick is their Lychee and Lemongrass cocktail which combines Lemongrass infused beefeater gin, lychee and ginger which allude to those sun-kissed getaways.
And with ‘Bang Bang Lates’ kicking off, this could be your next go-to spot to kick on when you’re not quite ready to end the night. On Fridays and Saturdays, Bang Bang will extend its hours and stay open until 1am especially for you! With $12 cocktail specials, its full drinks menu and late night nibbles which includes a selection of cheese, pate and corn nuts, you’d be crazy not to keep your night going here.
If night times aren’t your thing, opt for their Boozy Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Costing only $59 per person, feast on bottomless plates their menu favourites including Salt and Pepper Squid, filled wagu beef baos and more! And of course, choose from boozy beverages which includes their Graperold Spritz and Prosecco.
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By Grace Soetopo