It was once a rifle club but it has since been transformed into a bangin’ new Indochine restaurant called Bang Bang RC. They have an open outdoor space that is perfect for summer and the bang on fresh flavours awaken your tastebuds, leaving you drooling for more.
We started our meal with a bang! Bright green betel leaves with generous mounds of shredded confit duck. You pick up the betel leaf, encase the filling like a little taco and eat it. The duck meat was juicy and tender and every morsel was bang full of flavour. Fresh, spicy, crunchy, amazing.
The kingfish was thinly sliced and cured in a spicy citrus dressing with pops of caviar.
The chargrilled king prawns had a wonderful charred flavour with roasted sweet shallots and a bit of limey zest. Who doesn’t love a ‘shrimp on the barbie.’
The crispy chicken ribs had a good crispy batter. Stick them into the house spice sriracha mayo and bang you’ve got your self a crowd favourite. (ok no more bangs).
I love a dish you get to assemble yourself. We took a bit of the iceburg lettuce leaf and loaded it up with the chargrilled pork neck, holy basil and red pepper sauce. It was full of flavour and freshness. Perfect for a summer night.
I’ve been making friends with salad lately and this was no exception. There were big creamy chunks of avocado with soft tofu mixed in with sesame seeds, mint, ginger and black vinegar. It was delicious and a well balanced dish.
The Roasted pumpkin curry came out and you could smell the cinnamon, anise and coconut, it was delicious. There was an onion coated in the sauce and I though it was a kipfler potato until I cut into it. To my surprise it was an onion! That cheeky onion. There were actually kipfler potatoes in there too. I covered my steamed rice in that sauce it was divine.
When the cape grim beef short rib came out I think my jaw hit the floor. It was mammoth and it looked the business. It was sitting in a wild ginger and holy basil broth with beans and other delicious things. The meat fell apart easily it was incredibly tender. Judging by of the size the dish it is clearly supposed to be shared but I definitely had moments where I wanted to grab that ginormous short rib, run off with it and eat it all on my own. It was my favourite dish of the night.
With all the delicious and intense flavours, fresh watermelon is a nice way to end the meal. It was served with chilli salt to dip which was interesting.
We ended on the black sticky rice with a pandan sweet cream, fresh mango and mango sorbet. It was lovely and fresh.
I have been banging on (last one) about this place to everyone because it’s a great venue with a spacious outdoor area. Grab your squad and enjoy some quality indochine food and beverages in the sun.
I heart Bang Bank RC!
Bang Bang RC
Address: 294 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185
Phone: (03) 8692 2680
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun: 6am til late