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Dessert at Sho Noodle Bar, Crown

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Sho Noodle Bar
Crown Casino Complex, Southbank
03 9292 6885


You can see this restaurant has been designed with particular emphasis on a sleek and classy ambience, the kitchen is fully on show and enclosed by the bar seats. Reminds me of the decor/setup of L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris. With this association, I just don’t feel the decor matches well with the South East Asian menu at Sho. However, it is expected to appear lavish since it is, after all, a part of the Casino complex, which also means it is out of bounds for under 18s. The restaurant has an open design where you can still feel and see the atmosphere of the gaming floor, with flashing lights, ding ding noises, and all.

We had walked over to Crown after dinner purposely to try the Sago Gula Malacca that my friend was raving on about. They have an International-Guest-Friendly menu with English, Chinese and Vietnamese. Expensive place. $30, three small desserts and a bottle of Pellegrino later, I had still not tasted the Sago Gula Malacca. Because they had ran out. I am having so much luck with food lately, the dishes I order somehow are always “sold out”.

Sticky Rice with pandan kaya $6.50

I ended up with the sticky rice with pandan kaya (coconut jam) and drizzled with golden syrup. Two pieces of 4cm squares were presented on a plate.  The bland sticky rice flavour mixed with the sweetness of the jam and syrup makes a palatable combination, until about the fifth spoonful.  Interesting to try but not something I would have again, unless I am in Asia. No sane Asian person would pay $6.50AUD for that. Seriously.

Black Sticky Rice with Coconut. $6.50

The menu should clearly state it is a soup because the name easily makes me assume it’s a solid. This was only lightly sweetened with black sticky rice floating around. The third mystery dessert was a Mango Pudding, which looked extremely refreshing but I did not have a chance to try.

I don’t think I can make much of a judgement of Sho since I did not go through the full dining experience there. The savoury dishes, I have been told are quite nice, so perhaps I shall come back here on the rare chance I find myself in the gambling area of Crown again.

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Written by J.L

22 March, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Posted in $$, Melb CBD

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