We love the kickstarter food movement. There’s some great ideas we’d love to get on board with and kickstarter gives us a chance to be a small part of it. Lucky Chans Laundry and Noodle Bar were one such Kickstarter campaign we threw our support behind before moving to Melbourne. We were disappointed we didn’t get to try it before we left and made it one of must visits on our return!
Lucky Chans has an awesome marketing strategy behind it – we loved the #whoisluckychan social media movement. A quick search of the hashtag will show you it’s still successful now they’ve opened, there’s something about the intrigue of it all that pulls you in.
The set up inside is intimate with a clutter of decor. We especially loved the wall of ironing boards leading up to the rooftop garden. ‘Noodle bar and Laundry’ aren’t just words, they really committed to the theme and went all out. We were seated comfortably and quickly and soon had a menu to peruse and drinks on their way. I started with the Sakura. A light and refreshing cocktail with London dry gin, elderflower, strawberries and pink peppercorns. A nicely balanced drink, it was overly sweet and had a strong and fragrant juniper and elderflower flavour with a pretty strawberry adornment and subtle pink colour. We started with bao, karaage chicken and vinegar beef. The bun was soft ad. Light and both flavours were delicious. The vinegar beef was a standout, wonderful with a bit of everything and that hint of pineapple! I went for a cheeky ramen at a 5/10 spice, a friend had been previously and tried a 7/10 and found it mild so I felt I would be fine. Oh how wrong was I! This was a kickass ramen. It was incredibly spicy, incredibly delicious, but incredibly spicy! The soup was rich, biting, a hint of sour, sesame and noodle. I could have added extra meat but didn’t, in hindsight it could have benefited from a bit more protein. The cheeky ramen was an interesting soup but the spice level is just too difficult to keep consistent, different chefs, different diners judge it differently. Give me a soup, tell me how spicy it should be and be done with it! Finally we couldn’t help but order dessert. It was a fantastic decision. Coconut panna cotta with a Szechuan honeycomb, lime sorbet and thin strips of pineapple. A delightful combination of sweet, creamy and tangy with a hint of spice to bring it all together. The dessert stole the show!
Lucky Chans is worst a visit to soak in the atmosphere, have a cocktail and add some spice to your life!