Nola James gets fused in a Wantirna shopping mall
What is it?
Duck Umeboshi, and a round the world trip on a plate. A duck breast is flash fried to crisp (Chinese) rested on sweet, onion confit (French), lashed with sticky plum sauce (Japanese), and surrounded with retro steamed broccoli (Australian) and whole balsamic cherry tomatoes (Italian). How diplomatic.
Where do I get it?
At Meko Dining – where Hongkongese chef and owner (that's Chef Melvin to you) harks back to the classics of early fusion dining. If the full house every weekend is anything to go by, the 80s are not dead.
Don't go past the uber-daggy cocktail list representing almost as many countries as the menu – think Japanese Slipper, Blue Hawaii, Black Russian and Daiquirie (sic). BYO wine only.
What else should I order?
Make sure you have a well-rounded journey. Frikadeller (yeah we said WTF? too) is a Danish fish dumpling paired with Thai flavours of lemongrass and lime. Take your credit card if you're hungry, at $18+ an entrée and $30+ main it's not the cheapest gin joint in town. At least the parking is free.
What's it like?
Would you believe us if we told you there was a bar in a boat? Uh-huh there is, a throwback to the venue's former life as a seafood restaurant. You'll find it upstairs in the nautical themed function room; have a gander on your way to the suburban beach-house themed loos. Downstairs in the main dining room the décor has slightly more class, but is slightly less fun. No chopsticks to be seen, this is strictly a knife and fork affair.