Blue Chillies (Fitzroy, Melbourne) – a Review

A modern Malaysian restaurant located on the bustling Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Blue Chillies has been on my agenda for a really long time.

The term ‘modern Malaysian’ did make me a little skeptical initially, the only reason being very few restaurants can deliver a modern take on a classic cuisine successfully. But after reading a couple of my blogger friends’ reviews of the place, I was ready to put it to the test.

Blue Chillies has been around for 16 years now. It is a small restaurant nestled comfortably amongst the vibrant food scene of Fitzroy. It is best to reserve ahead of time as it is a small space with diners many.

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We had made a reservation for an early dinner last weekend. Walking in, you do notice that the space is cramped but you also do notice the warm, inviting ambience. We were warmly greeted at the door and seated immediately.

There was a distinct Oriental feel to the restaurant but with modern touches. Traditional bamboo and ceramic pots and pans sat alongside modern bottles of wines capturing the real essence of the place.

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For drinks, we got lemon, lime bitters for the children and non-drinkers while the rest of us went for a bottle of 2009 The Individual Selection Bicheno Chardonnay (Tasmania), as suggested by the staff. A really refined, high quality Chardonnay which paired beautifully with the Asian flavours. Do not hesitate to ask for matching wines or suggestions; the staff are quite knowledgeable on the wine front.

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2009 The Individual Selection Bicheno Chardonnay (Tasmania)

We started the meal with a Blue Chillies classic; Black pepper soft shell crab with ground peppercorn sauce and aromatic curry leaves. Utterly delicious especially if you like the texture of soft shell crabs. Crispy on the outside and sweet succulent crab meat inside with a sweet and spicy peppercorn sauce. A tad bit pricey dish as each serve is just one crab cut into half. So if there are many people at the table, you might need to order accordingly.

(Kindly excuse the bad quality pics; the food was way more interesting than taking the perfect shot!)

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Black pepper soft shell crab with ground peppercorn sauce and aromatic curry leaves

The second starter we ordered was Ikan Bilis or crispy fried whitebait tossed in a spicy sambal of onions, garlic and chillies. A dish that strongly reminded me of this traditional Kerala dry shrimp preparation. It was totally delicious and a winner with all of us. Spicy, tangy, sour, sweet…all Asian flavours intermingled on a plate. We loved it so much that we ordered a second plate of this one. Totally recommended for the fish and sambal lovers.

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Ikan Bilis or crispy fried whitebait tossed in a spicy sambal of onions, garlic and chillies

The third starter was from the daily specials menu – fried chicken wings flavoured with pandan leaves. Crispy, crunchy chicken wings with that aromatic pandan flavour, again a winner. Do check out the daily specials board or make sure to ask the staff.

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Fried chicken wings flavoured with pandan leaves

For mains, we began with Crispy chicken with star anise, Sichuan peppers and cinnamon drizzled with a homemade plum sauce. I was a bit skeptical about the flavours but the crispy, mildly spiced chicken worked so beautifully with the intense and highly flavourful plum sauce. Not so sweet but rich and sticky coating the chicken pieces so lovingly. Awesome dish….

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Crispy chicken with star anise, Sichuan peppers and cinnamon drizzled with a homemade plum sauce

Next dish was another Blue Chillies classic – Thrice cooked duck served with a wild ginger flower, lemongrass, chilli and lime juice sauce. Absolutely divine! The duck was cooked to perfection, melt in your mouth and deliciously accompanied with the aromatic and flavourful sauce. Again totally recommended!

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Thrice cooked duck served with a wild ginger flower, lemongrass, chilli and lime juice sauce

We also got curry lamb, a traditional Malaysian curry which delivers exactly how it is meant to be. Succulent meat in a spicy, delicious curry paired with steamed rice. This one is a must try for the curry lovers and those who are looking for a true taste of Malaysia.

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Curry Lamb

And of course we need a side of veggies which was taken care of with this delightfully crunchy assorted vegetables stir fried with garlic. A vibrant selection of veggies, stir fried with garlic; crispy and delicious.

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Assorted vegetables stir fried with garlic

As always, left with no space to try out dessert and we promised the staff that we will be back to try out the desserts too which I have heard are real good.

Overall, a real treat for those who are looking for delicious Malaysian food with a modern touch. There was nothing much to fault with any of the dishes that we had. As mentioned, a tad bit pricey but situated in Fitzroy and serving high quality food, you can’t expect cheaper prices. And Blue Chillies is definitely not your neighbourhood Asian takeaway.

My rating – 8.5/10

Blue Chillies

182 Brunswick Street

Melbourne, Victoria

Phone no: 03 9417 0071

Website: http://bluechillies.com.au/

 

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Disclaimer – Not a sponsored post; all the food and drinks were paid for by me.

 

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11 thoughts on “Blue Chillies (Fitzroy, Melbourne) – a Review

  1. RecipeTin (@Recipe_Tin) April 7, 2016 at 12:42 am Reply

    It looks like a good place if someone wants to relax and eat. They have delicious cuisines!

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  2. rainascarlette December 6, 2015 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Hi there! I am from Malaysia and I really curious about the price of that sambal ikan bilis. How much does it costs you btw? 😀

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    • vanyadhanya December 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm Reply

      Hi, It is $6 per plate….the price of all their items can be viewed on their website.

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      • rainascarlette December 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm

        I see. Thanks 😀

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      • vanyadhanya December 6, 2015 at 11:10 pm

        May I know why that specific question? Do you think it’s pricey?

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      • rainascarlette December 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm

        compared to price in Malaysia it is much cheaper here.. $6 is about MYR25 here. but here you can get it in the same amount like for MYR5 😀

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      • vanyadhanya December 7, 2015 at 11:44 pm

        Oh ok….

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      • vanyadhanya December 7, 2015 at 11:45 pm

        Do you have a food blog?

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      • rainascarlette December 9, 2015 at 2:37 am

        no i dont have one 😀 sorry

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      • vanyadhanya December 9, 2015 at 6:14 am

        Its ok; just wanted to know. Thanks for writing in

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