Fo0die dined as a guest of Son In Law and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Located on Johnston Street, we found parking along the road where the restaurant is located. 2 hour parking spots are available on the street itself as well as side streets, with some becoming all day parking after 12:30pm on a Saturday and others requiring the purchase of a parking ticket (check the signs!).
We visited during the holiday period on a Saturday during lunch and it was particularly busy that day. Although there were a lot of walk-ins, we recommend a booking for Saturday’s to avoid disappointment.
Upon entry, the bar and drink station/cashier is on the left with the kitchen behind that. The dining area has a good a range of tables inside from small tables of two to larger tables to a communal table. At the back is an undercover outdoor area with gas heaters; suitable for seating even during the cooler months in the year.
The decor is fun, trendy and colourful with bright pastel yellow walls to pastel blue doors, timber table tops with water pipe legs and metal seats.
If you are no stranger to the instagram world, then you would have no doubt seen Son In Law’s adorable creations at some point on your feed. The venue itself is constantly creating new dishes, new desserts and drinks to please the eyes and tummy.
While we have visited Son In Law before, this particular visit and review will focus on their new additions to their Summer menu. The menu remains the same, broken into small and bigger plates with the recommendation being 3-4 small plates and 1 bigger plate between two (they have a lunch special that costs $59 for 4 small plates and 1 main with rice for two). Between the two of us, we shared a small plate and 2 mains followed by a dessert and was satisfied (not rolling out the door but not hungry either).
The new additions to the menu included an option of crispy soft shell crab to the existing green papaya salad from the small plates section, a pineapple fried rice and two dessert specials; the sizzling mango with sticky rice which we did not try and the adorable house made chocolate magic ball with crepe cake.
The green papaya salad with the crispy soft shell crab, made this small plate a little larger. It was refreshing and tangy with a bit of a chilli kick to the salad (don’t be afraid of the chilli symbols as this was marked with three and was tolerable for me and a little too chilli for Mr J).
For the pineapple fried rice, we opted for the prawn option instead of the chicken which arrived with four prawns. While my personal preference is to have more pineapple pieces for the sweetness and tang, the dish itself is a great alternative to rice and was tasty.
With no other new main, we tried an oldie but goodie; a noodle dish that we see at many Thai restaurants, the pad see ew. As expected this was delicious in flavour. The serving was on the lighter side but works out perfectly if you have a starter from the small plates.
We finished off on a sweet note with Son In Law’s latest adorable creation; available in various characters like their fairy floss drink. While they do not have a menu showing all the characters available, they do post them on their instagram. The dish is cute, fun to be had at the table with a beautiful moist crepe cake inside once the chocolate magic ball is melted away. There’s also an option to just have the crepe cake.
A favourite of ours in Melbourne, Son In Law did not fail to deliver with their new additions. Similar to their fairy floss drinks, there’s no doubt that their adorable chocolate magic ball will be bringing in visitors from all around Melbourne.
Dishes that make up this review
- Green papaya salad; green beans, roasted peanuts, caramelised palm sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, tomato, dried shrimp ($10 + $4 for crispy soft shell crab)
- Pad see ew; stir fried flat rice noodles with chicken, soy sauce, egg and gai lan ($15)
- Pineapple fried rice with prawns ($16.90)
- House made chocolate magic ball with thai milk tea crepe cake, strawberry, crushed oreo, vanilla ice cream ($16)
- Fairy floss with Thai milk tea ($12)