What even is fusion, you might ask? We don’t blame you for being a bit mystified, the word fusion seems to be bandied around Melbourne menus left right and center, and it can be tricky to put your finger on what exactly it is.
Enter Son In Law. Not afraid to admit that they’ve thrown a bit of a creative twist on their Thai cuisine, the result is Thai-riffic! A tightly curated menu of finger lickin’ Thai goodness, presented in a fun and colourful way, we’d be happy to bet our bottom dollar that once you’ve tried it once, you’ll be a regular.
In our eyes, there are three big boxes that Son In Law has ticked; the food, the drinks and the atmosphere. Let us break it down for you.
Obviously the real reason that anyone dines out is for the food. In our eyes, anywhere that opens its menu with a section called ‘Mum’s Classics’ has got its priorities right! Here you’ll find just that – a few classics that have been done really, REALLY well. Hot tip: if you’re a fan of son in law eggs, these ones are to die for.
Remember we mentioned that fusion thing? Well, Son In Law has dedicated a whole section of the menu to it, calling out the dishes that have a bit of a twist to them. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but we’re suckers for seafood - so the crispy soft shell crab and tiger prawns are an obvious choice. They’re served in a traditional Thai green curry with Thai basil and kaffir lime leaves.
The rest of the menu is split in to small and large plates (it’s all about sharing here) and there’s a selection of vegetarian, seafood, chicken and duck dishes. They’re all reasonably light, but the flavours pack a serious punch. Choose as you wish, just be sure to grab a serving of the chicken ribs. We have three words for you: Thai Style KFC.
And now onto drinks? Well, this is a simple one – Son In Law has hands-down one of the best happy hours in Melbourne. We’re fully aware that that might sound like a massive statement, but it’s one we stand by. Every. Single. Day from 5:30-7:00pm you can treat yo’ self to $8 cocktails, $6 wines, and $5 tap beer.
While the beer offering isn’t to be sneezed at - there are 15 on offer from all over Australia, Japan and Thailand - it’s the cocktails that are the stars of the show. The list is concise, but still offers a pleasing selection of old classics and Thai favourites. Our pick? The Pp Island Ice Tea, made from Kaulua, Sang Som Thai Rum, Brandy, Frangelico, Whiskey, Bitters and Ginger Beer. We can imagine ourselves floating around Phi Phi Island, just thinking about it.
Meanwhile, they’ve also got the venue on lock. You know that feeling you get when you go to a friend’s house, and they’ve got a really great back yard - AND their parents are really great cooks?! Yeah, that’s how Son In Law is.
There’s a courtyard out the back of the main restaurant, and feels like you’re hanging out at a mate’s place. If the weather is reasonably nice, we suggest to try and grab a table out here – better yet, if you’re organizing a larger get-together, you can book out the whole courtyard and have it to yourselves.
As for the inside, the Son In Law team has really hit the nail on the head. The interior is fresh and fun. From the wall colours to the tableware, there’s a relaxed vibe that encourages you to settle in and have a jolly good time.
But on a side note, if you’re still thinking about that Thai style KFC but it’s a couch day, be our guest and order takeaway - there’s a full takeaway menu here.
We’re not judging you.
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