In the city on medical matters – very good news as its turns out – and checking out the “little” streets and laneways around the Flinders Street end of Elizabeth.
Wow, there’s a lot going on, a lot of new action happening.
Many of the places I observe are doing great business and appear to be serving many different kinds of food I’d be very happy to try.
But they’re all so busy!
That’s not in the least bit appealing.
So that’s why I choose Blok M, just up the hill little at 380 Little Bourke Street.
I peruse the pleasantly dog-eared and lengthy menu.
There’s some dishes of which I’ve heard; many more of which I have not.
I choose nasi campur, which is described as “mixed vegetables served with grilled chicken and oxtail soup” and costs $9.50.
The wait time is longer is than I expect but no stress – I’m not in any danger of missing my appointment.
My meal arrives and it’s as pretty as a picture.
Sweet, salty oxtail broth – like an Indonesian version of pho.
A jumble of cabbage and carrot that is like an unpickled achaar.
A chicken thigh that seems cutlery-resistant at first but which turns out to be perfectly cooked and tender, the sweet glaze making it resemble Pinoy-style chicken.
Ahhh, what a fabulously and perfect random surprise and delight – a really fine ten-buck feed!
If I worked in the CBD, I’d be checking off the Blok M menu items one by one until I’d gone through the whole lot.