Chinese Spicy And Barbie Kitchen – far, far better known these days as I Love Dumplings – is one of the most popular eateries in the Racecourse Road neighbourhood.
It’s also one of the few that has a reputation and some cachet outside the west.
So it makes sense that the whole operation is on the move.
The business will be moving into the refurbished former bank building a few doors along.
I’m pretty sure it was an ANZ, but there’s a NAB badge right there.
The fit-out looks to be well advanced and I’m told moving day will be in a couple of weeks.
The new venue will have a seating capacity of 120.
The existing ILD place will be stay “in the family”, to become in due course another eatery.
Sitting adjacent to the bank building, the premises that once housed Chilli Padi Mamak Kopittam is now vacant.
But works are underway inside.
In due course, expect a branch of the popular Pacific Seafood BBQ House chain that is a star of Lonsdale Street, South Yarra and Richmond to be opening up.
Meanwhile, Veggie Villa – which took over a shopfront what for many years housed a pretty decent Indian restaurant – seems to have found a handy niche on Racecourse Road, judging by the number of customers I see in there.
They’re not huge, numbers mind you, but seem enough to be going on with.
I’m prepared to give the joint another go.
But my sole visit came about because I really liked the sound of their smoked eggplant curry, which had no smoky flavour at all and in which the eggplant was cooked down to such an extent that it was basically just … gravy!