Congee cravings at Lawyers, Guns and Money

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As an ex lawyer it’s hard to resist a restaurant called Lawyers, Guns and Money.  It’s a great name and given the location right next to Melbourne’s legal heartland the moniker is proof of savvy marketing as well. Lawyers, Guns and Money is the newest offering from Victor Liong of Lee Ho Fook.   

Congee and fried bread at Lawyers Guns and Money
Congee and fried bread at Lawyers Guns and Money

It’s a brave menu at Lawyers, Guns and Money – focusing on Hawker food favourites with no concession to popular Australian breakfast and lunch dish.  The signature dish is the congee.  You can order the almost porridge like thick soup by itself and then pimp it up with various condiments. 

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There’s century fried egg, fried bread ($5) and these moreish crispy wonton skins ($3) which are pretty good for snacking on by themselves. 

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I ordered the chicken congee with ginger and spring onions ($12). The congee has a great thick texture but is a bit bland in flavour. It’s also pretty expensive when you compare to prices overseas but that’s not really a fair comparison when you’re eating in the middle of the CBD with waiter service and decent crockery. 

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The better option is to order the noodles with braised brisket and greens. The brisket is slow cooked to the stage where it falls apart and this dish had a good combination of flavours without being too stodgy for a lunchtime eat.  I like the idea of what Liong is doing at Lawyers, Guns and Money but I don’t think the food impressed me enough to return. 

Essentials
Details: Lawyers, Guns and Money, Cnr Church Lane and St James Lane, Melbourne CBD.   
Damage: Reasonable
5/10
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