Fo0die dined as a guest of Gingerboy and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Located in a lane way in the CBD, which at the time of dining was partially closed off for some roadworks (we had to enter the lane way via Little Bourke Street), we dropped by during our lunch break (we both work full time) to try out their new ‘workers lunch’. Designed to “get you back to work before your boss finds out”, we put this to the test.
On entry, the bar is on the left with stairs going up on the right. Walking further into the venue towards the kitchen at the back, there’s an opening to turn right into the dining area.
The dining area runs parallel to the bar and has a good range of seating options arranged in two rows. Choice of seating ranges from the natural light from the front of the venue’s windows through to the ambient lighting towards the back of the venue.
The ‘workers menu’ has four options for mains and either a red or white wine. Makes choosing a dish much quicker given the choices are limited. The menu changes every month or so to give frequent visitors a variety.
Mr J was not quite as adventurous as me during work hours and opted for a mocktail while I had a glass of red with my meal (even though he’s seen holding it here).
Mr J’s trout was cooked perfectly with a subtle coconut flavour to it. A little spicy but not over the top even for Mr J who is not tolerant of chilli dishes. My clay pot had beautiful textures from the veggies and spring onion with the chilli oil giving it a nice spicy kick and the sesame giving it a nice warm flavour. Both dishes were not large in size, just enough to satisfy the belly without feeling heavy and needing to roll under the desk to sleep.
So question is, did we get back to work within the hour or so? We ordered at 12:25pm with the drinks arriving 5 minutes after that and then food 10-15 minutes later. We were finished and out of the restaurant in 45-50 minutes (we both are quite quick eaters). Had both our offices been a little closer to the venue, we would have made it back within the hour but because we did travel to the other end of the city, we were both back a little over an hour.
Dishes that make up this review
- Coconut grilled ocean trout, roasted chilli dressing, avocado and grapefruit salad + glass of red or white ($27)
- Stir-fried clay pot noodles, marinated egg yolk, szechuan oil + glass of red or white ($27)