Wing Loong Restaurant, 512 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Phone: 9663 1899
This wearing a beret in the heat and the sun is getting ridiculous.
Bennie and I have scoured many of the obvious spots for a dad hat for summer to no avail.
It’s not the prices so much – although there is that – but the fact we simply can’t find one to fit.
What to do?
“Vic Market,” says he.
But first, lunch.
But they’re all packed – not a seat to be had.
So we resort to a place we suspect is frequented by many people in the same situation.
Wing Loong should be hotspot, sited as it is right opposite the market and in slightly roomier and very slightly classier premises than its Elizabeth Street neighbours.
But the meal we have is on the down side of average.
To be fair, Bennie gets the best of it.
He really enjoys his meat-laden, tasty pork congee and cleans the bowl in swift fashion.
I’m not so lucky.
It can be hard to define what separates a super Chinese roast-meat-and-rice plate from a drab one.
Whatever it is, my plate doesn’t have “it”.
OK rice, bok choy, quite tender but dull on-the-bone chicken are all in attendance, but lacking the spark to make my lunch in any way memorable.
Same goes for our quartet of steamed beef dumplings.
The place has been quite busy during our stay, and perhaps there’s some real winners on the longish and reasonably-priced menu.
But maybe we shoulda gone for a stand-up bratwurst across the road.