|The drug mules death row at Happy Palace|
This perfectly preserved slice of the decade of big shoulder pads and ra ra skirts is a fun restaurant, perfect for dinners with big groups of friends and lots of drinks. You’re not just limited to green tea either. Instead there’s cocktails like the cheekily named Duck You! Duck Face! and my favourite, the Drug Mules Death Row. It’s made with chilli and ginger infused vodka with a bit of zest from a muddled lime and ginger beer to bring out the infusion in the vodka.
|Prawn crackers at Happy Palace|
The food is just like you remember as Westernised Chinese – but minus the MSG. Of the starters my favourites were the golden brown deep fried wontons filled with creamy crab and the pork balls which were rolled in crisp egg noodles and chilli caramel. Happy Palace’s take on prawn crackers was not as successful as the tiny deep fried prawns erred on the dry side.
|Kitsch decor at Happy Palace|
The Mu Shu Pork came served like Peking Duck with floury pancakes and lashings of hoisin sauce. But the best dish was the braised eggplant with the eggplant slow cooked until it was silky in sweet bean sauce and topped with minced tofu.
I didn’t have time to stick around for dessert due to the joys of moving house but by all reports the mango pudding shaped like a goldfish and swimming in a pond of condensed milk syrup was the perfect kitsch ending to a meal at Happy Palace. Bring back the 80’s!
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Gourmet Chick was invited to review Happy Palace.
Details: Happy Palace, 86 Bourke street, Melbourne 3000 (Ph 03 9972 3699) Open: Mon – Sat 11am – 1pm and Sun 11am-10.30pm.
Damage: Reasonable but on this occasion I did not pay.