Young Love Mess Hall, opened late last year, has built a very attractive venue on the bones of an old Chinese restaurant in William Street – the large round opening between the two rooms – one housing the bar, the other more for eating – is evidence of this, and the shape is echoed in the mirror to one end of the room. It is an impressive space with a lot of greenery adding to the charm.
We dropped in for an early dinner before wandering off to a Fringe show this week, and after scrambling up onto the tallish stools I had a look over the menu and drinks list.
The small wine list is pretty well put together – and the 2016 Knee Deep rosé from Margaret River caught our eye –a bouquet of cherries and strawberries, with a crisp palate that exudes notes of strawberry and rhubarb.
As for the food – well first off it is all beautifully presented, colourful components make for attractive dishes, and the flavours and textures more than live up to the look of the dishes.
We started with a Korean salad bowl – brimming with various strains of mushrooms, mint, kimchi, barley, black lentils, cucumber and velvety mayo – all awaiting a mix around to bring the flavours together – refreshing, fresh, just delightful.
The Pork n Mac came next – a bowl of beautifully juicy and tender pork slices sitting alongside creamy macaroni, and topped with puffed pork skin – almost a pork crisp – excellent.
Finally, that increasingly popular dish, a poke bowl – this one of juicy, succulent raw salmon, with crisped radish and turnips chips, fresh greens, and salty, aromatic bottarga liberally mixed through. Great flavours, textures and bouquet.
We really enjoyed our visit – the ambience, food and drink all hitting the mark – and it formed the perfect start to our evening – the show was grand too. This is one to definitely get along to, and soon.