Some things in life are worth standing in line for: Lune Croissants, for example. Raffle tickets to Book of Mormon (won twice, thank you very much!). Getting your copy of ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ signed by David Sedaris who instead charged me a dollar for saying how AWESOME he was. Long story but, word to the wise, never say AWESOME in front of David Sedaris .
Most recently, I waited in line to have dinner at Shanghai Street in Melbourne’s CBD. We had a group of 7; Each person carrying their 6 pack of VB around the city. We thought we had reserved a table somewhere else that was BYO, you see. But we hadn’t. Instead of freaking out my friend Ben took the 1,345th spot in line at Shanghai Street.
He looked to be an hour off from actually stepping foot inside, but he was confident and resilient. The rest of us snuck into an alley way to chug our beer. Classy! When we came back Ben was only second in line and looking like a real Hero.
I’d never been to Shanghai Street for dumplings because the line throws me off, which I know now is a silly excuse. The waitstaff gives out menus to everyone waiting in line so by the time you’re seated your food is basically on it’s way out to you.
Everything we ordered was incredible. The Reigning Queen Dish of the night (because – as we know from Game of Thrones this week – queens are much better than kings!) was the pork dumplings with peanut butter in chili oil. I will always love them now and forever and for always. The noodles, the duck, and soup dumplings are worth a mention too. It seemed like food would never stop coming out of the kitchen for us. The staff was so quick at dropping off food whilst picking up empty plates/bottles/cutlery and giving you a feeling like you should get the heck out of there.
But that’s not to say you can’t pay the corkage fee for your BYO beer and/or wine and stay a while. Because the best part about the night was the fun. The pure and delicious fun. So much fun in fact that instead of going home we danced at The Toff ’til way past my bed time.
But maybe that was due to the beer chugging in the alleyway. I don’t know.
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