Crossley St, Melbourne CBD
I dropped in for lunch yesterday on Xmas eve at Von Haus. It was grey and gloomy outside, and I felt the urge for something hearty. The braised lamb shoulder did not disappoint. Full of flavour, melting off the bone, with mushrooms and olives that somehow seemed to have soaked up the red wine in the sauce, while exuding their own flavour as well, this dish was almost too wintry for December. But it was just what I was after. The only thing which was a little disappointing was not having a chunk of bread with whic to mop up the sauce. Von Haus, you’re two for two so far!
A reliable CBD stalwart, don don’s massive bento, with sukiyaki beef and teriyaki chicken never fails to satisfy. At $8.40, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value lunch in the city. It’s a little alarming to hear the staff speaking mandarin to one another though, as it was always Japanese owned/run.
I’ve been here before, so this time around we didn’t order the eponymous spicy fish, nor the succulent dong po pork, and I vetoed the chilli chicken because it’s 2/3 dried chillies. Where’s the value in that?!
We had the eggplant and scallop hotpot (spicy, with a slightly sweet tang – super tasty) and the fried string beans with minced pork and black bean, accompanied with the spicy Sichuan couple (ox to gue and tripe) and garlicky cucmber. All delicious, washed down with a Wirra Wirra rosé (not great) and an exceptional Langmeil Shiraz viognier.