We were all really excited about visiting the Noodle Markets as it opens up for another year on the grounds of Birrarung Marr, near Federation Square.
We were even more excited about visiting the Citi VIP area and using the Citi Concierge service to order from the sponsored restaurants. There are three on the Citi menu, being Burwood Teppanyaki House, Hammer & Tong and Bokchoy Tang. I was happy with the trio because I’ve had good experiences at the first two and I was recently thinking about visiting the third.
We were a big group and ordered quite a few of the share packs from each of the vendors. Prices here aren’t cheap, but compared to the offerings at Taste of Melbourne, I found the prices to be cheaper.
The share packs offered decent value: for $35 we got 2xsoft shell crab burgers, a corn cob and a salad from Hammer & Tong. Similarly, we got 4x dumplings, 2xbuns, a skewer and a serve of Chinese sausage for $20 from Bokchoy Tang. Given that we were all suffering from extreme hunger, we also got some skewers from Burwood Teppanyaki House which were pretty fairly priced at 3x for $10.
Hammer and Tong’s soft shell crab burger was the highlight of the night and their sweet and sour corn cob came a close second! The skewers from Burwood Teppanyaki House were also really well done, as were the meats from Bokchoy Tang. However I found the dumplings to be slightly disappointing as the skin was too thick and there wasn’t enough filling. The others felt that the buns were also slightly underwhelming.
I would like to come back and try some of the other vendors, but 2 weeks is simply too short for me to work through the entire list of vendors and each of their offerings, which is what I would like to do. As it is often said, one can dream.