Junk Punch Lane

open
22 Punch Lane
Melbourne, 3000 VIC
9636 5763


Opening Hours

SUN 11:00am - 10:00pm
MON 11:00am - 10:00pm
TUE 11:00am - 10:00pm
WED 11:00am - 10:00pm
THU 11:00am - 10:00pm
FRI 11:00am - 10:00pm
SAT 11:00am - 10:00pm

The Details

Cuisine
  • Malaysian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • South-East Asian
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese
Need to Know
  • Good for Groups
Serving
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
  • Late Night
In the mood for
  • Beer
  • Wine

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The Verdict

Queensland Asian-fusion sensation Junk Boat has officially tip-toed out of the Sunshine State and set up shop in Melbourne’s CBD…and they couldn’t have picked a tougher spot. The restaurant is tucked down Punch Lane, a stone’s throw from Rice Papr Scrs and Ho Chi Mama, two of the city’s fusion kingpins. If Junk is going to succeed here, it’s going to have to bring its A-Game. Hawker-style fusion and overpriced parking are the two things the CBD does better than anyone.

Fortunately, the early signs are looking good. The space is exactly what you want from a post-work boozer and dumpling bar: pop art and graffiti cover the walls, the décor has a neon, playful edge, and the Tiger beer comes out frosty, in huge stein-like glasses. We flirted with the entrees, ordering Crispy Peking Duck Spring Rolls and the Soft Shell Crab Bao. Both were delicious, but the bao in particular disappeared scary-quick: pillowy pockets stuffed with crispy crab legs, chipotle and burnt-lime kewpie mayo, and a tangy pickled slaw.

The menu lends itself to sharing, but there’s nothing stopping you hogging a whole Massaman Curry or Satay Rice Bowl if you’re feeling selfish. We opted for the crispy pork belly with kaffir lime and dark plum sugar caramel, a drizzle of laksa and green papaya salad, and the Ramen—a western-style take on the Japanese classic, with a light broth, thin-sliced pork and gooey soft-boiled egg.

There’s a lot to like about the Junk model. The prices are reasonable. The food is tasty. And you can get a 2.5L Tiger Beer Tower for $55. All ingredients for a solid Friday night. 

Image credit: Junk Boat


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