Blue Chillies is a Malaysian restaurant on Brunswick street in Fitzroy, which has been around since 1999. Yep, that’s 16 years. The Malaysian flavours and modern execution provide a sensational dining experience. For the restaurant to be around for so long and still growing strong is testament that the food is delicious.
First up whitebait & sweet potato fritters. It’s a great concept and tasty too, nice and crunchy. They came with a lovely chilli lime dipping sauce I wanted to swim in. It was fresh and zingy with hot chilli, fantastic.
Then we had the black pepper soft-shell crab, battered and fried of course. It had a thick ground peppercorn sauce, which was thick and peppery, it complimented the crab well.
The Yee sang salad is a traditional Malaysian salad with finely sliced shreds of crunchy vegetables. It was dressed with a sweet apricot plum sauce and had thinly sliced pieces of sashimi salmon with roasted peanuts on top. It had a really nice balance of flavours and crunch.
The Rockling was one of my faves. It was rockling fish fillets dusted with a light potato flour batter and deep-fried. They had a lovely crunch on the outside and were beautifully soft in the middle. It was cooked with curry leaves, chilli, spices & buttered egg floss. Those shredded strands of crispy buttered egg were fantastic! This dish was delicious.
The duck rendang was tasty. It was slow cooked and full of flavour with roasted coconut & Malaysian spices, fresh ginger-root, garlic & chillies. It had punchy flavours that worked together in harmony, served with rice. Yum!
The king prawns were big and juicy wrapped in thin vermicelli rice noodles, which gave it a great crunchy texture. It sat in a on a bed of tomato puree with pineapple & coconut milk, which tasted savoury with a subtle sweetness.
The short pork ribs were great they were sticky and caramelised and covered in a rich sweet and sour chilli jam.
The thrice-cooked duck was incredible. The duck had a crispy skin and melted in your mouth. The sauce was a blend of wild ginger flower, lemongrass, chilli and lime juice. It had fragrant and harmonious flavours with a fantastic zing that cut through the richness of the duck. It was delish. Definitely one of my faves.
For dessert we had black sticky rice pudding sitting in a coconut cream and palm sugar syrup. The rice was cooked perfectly and I could feel the texture of the rice grains, which I loved. It was topped with shredded coconut that had a lovely toasted flavour and crunch.
There’s no wonder they have been around for 16 years, the food is absolutely delicious. Their dishes have exciting flavours and textures, which makes for a truly satisfying meal. Blue Chillies incorporates traditional Malaysian flavours in a creative and modern way and are sure to be around for many more years to come.
I heart Blue Chillies!
Address: 182 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC
Phone: 03 9417 0071
Trading Hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri:12pm-2.30pm Sat- Sun:11am-2.30pm
Dinner: Mon-Thu: 6pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sat: 6pm-11pm, Sun: 6pm-10pm
Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Blue Chillies.