It’s dark and moody, decked out with plastic cherry blossoms, red lanterns and a variety of other kitsch decorations. Welcome to Rice Queen. The menu leans heavily towards snacks and shared dining, picking from various Asian cuisines, such as Korean, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese. The food has plenty of flavour, from the ...

You don't see bak kut teh in restaurants very often here, but Sugarbun has been happily pumping out claypots of the pork-based herbal soup for the last three years. Twins Francesca and Fiorn Lee are still the owners of its reincarnation, Aunty Franklee, which features fresh wallpaper and a new menu. Their signature bak kut teh is still, of course, on the menu....

Somewhat of a quiet achiever, Okra has actually been running for 15 years and is very popular with the locals, yet doesn't seem to be quite as well known as it should be. Things are set to change, with Okra recently being awarded a chef's hat in the 2016 Gault Millau guide. Menus encompassing more than one cuisine tend to have a harder time excelling at everything, but Okra has been successfully serving Thai, Malaysian, and Indonesian dishes side by side. Sunday nights are when Malaysian hawker dishes like...

Mabrown, the venerable house of quail in Balwyn, expanded to the CBD a few years ago bringing their signature dish with them. Walk into Southern Cross lane using Australia Post as your landmark, and keep a look out for the red signage. Unlike its much older and well-established Balwyn cousin, whose white tablecloths, white napkins and high-backed chairs are more typical of Chinese restaurants, the CBD branch has a much more casual style, almost like a Chinese cafe. [caption id="attachment_12055" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Tea Tarik ($4)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12051" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Salt...