At Williamstown Beach, the lovely property that until recently and for many years housed Sirens has the forlorn look of a failed business.
What it does not have is the look of dereliction or neglect.
You’d think somebody would get in quickly before summer really gathers momentum.
At Nelson Place, what was once Tai Hoong is now Fong’s Kitchen – though a section of the menu is labelled “Old Favourites From Tai Hoong”, so presumably there is a connection between old and new, family or otherwise.
The menu (see below) has a tight selection of Malaysian and Chinese selections, and definitely has some things I’d like to try.
I like the look of the dark wood and minimalist cafe vibe, too.
But today I ordered the Hainanese chicken rice – after ascertaining a bowl of chicken broth was part of the deal – only to be told 30 minutes later that they’d only just commenced to start boiling the chook!
So I departed unfed, but will be back.
A few doors along is the Advertiser Bar & Grill.
According to its Facebook page, it opened in early September – and yet is already undergoing a massive overhaul.
The story, according to a neighbouring trader, is that the joint was hit by a fire, insurance issues have been settled and they’re looking to reopen early next year.
And a few doors along from there is the newly opened Williamstown branch of New York Minute.
Despite having a rather average time of it on our last visit to the Moonee Ponds place, we still have a soft spot for NYM so hope the new outlet is going great!