U Village

Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post.

U Village is a family run restaurant marketed towards Asian fusion. The interior is one of a quirky Melbourne café decked out with pot plants, mismatched dangling overhead lights and muted hues. It was only newly opened when I first ventured through the doors (April 2013) for my sponsored meal (i.e. this post is exceptionally delayed).

Five-Spiced prawn, sambal, lime, caramel sugar on perilla leaves

Satay prawns with cucumber relish with peanut chilli sauce

Duck San Choy Bao with pomegranate pine nuts & sweet soy sauce

Curry spiced crusted soft shell crab, thick red rendang, kaffir lime leaves, thai basil

24hr braised sweet vinegar pork Belly with paw paw and mango salad

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Pineapple fried rice.

Fusion cuisine was clearly evident throughout the pre-selected items presented to us from the menu that night. I admit they had all the right flavours and concepts going that I could imagine at any successful contemporary Asian eatery – a little chilli heat, sour tang, earthy peanut sauce, pomegranate sweet notes and golden deep fried goodness. However, yes there is a however, I found that the starters tended towards being overly seasoned (alternating between salt and sugar) and greasy. The mains too edged towards heavy, but some way or another I still found myself gorging my way through the pork belly and soft shell crab curry (clearly something went right). The pork was sticky and very moist, but needed a hell-of-a-lot of mango to cut through it. The crabs were golden, crispy, and soaked up all the juices from the thick curry – a dish that you could share between 3 people and plenty of rice.

Ok so I maybe I can blame management (since the menu was all pre-selected) for serving us way too much food… *cough. Dessert was skipped.

Rating: Yummy+0.5. U Village provides a nice casual ambience for communal dining, with ‘hearty’ fusion food to go with. There was certainly room for improvement from when I dined (which was some time back now). Since which numerous other bloggers have been and had positive experiences.

Give it a go, and let me know what you though. Yay or nay?

[U Village] (sponsored)
Where: 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
Contact: 03 9537 1129
Open daily lunch + dinner.

U-Village Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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2 Responses to “U Village”
  1. Agnes Yuen says:

    You mean 2013 right?

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