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
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.