Nam Loong is a Melbourne Chinese restaurant dynasty and institution. It has been trading (in one form or another) for as long as we can remember, and at one stage there were up to 3 different Nam Loong Restaurants (Nam Loong 1, Wing Loong – aka Nam Loong 2, and Nam Loong Seafood). All restaurants serve Cantonese style Chinese food. Over the years we have visited countless times!
Unfortunately Wing Loong was completely destroyed by fire in 2010 (see link to the story here). It has since re-opened on Elizabeth Street.
We had dinner out with some friends for a Friday night and decided to pay a visit to Nam Loong 1, which is located on Russell Street, near the corner of Lonsdale Street (Melbourne).
Everyone seems to drop by for the pork buns at the entrance, but when we visit, it is usually for a meal of rice/noodles.
The menu is quite extensive, so it may take a few times to know what to order. Over the years we have identified the better menu items (a few good ones are ‘curry chicken on rice’, ‘spicy chicken chop (ribs) on rice’ and ‘mince pork and eggplant on rice’). Out of our group of 5 people, 4 people chose the ‘Peking style spare ribs on rice’ (a popular choice!) and one chose the ‘chicken, roast pork and fried egg on rice’. The dishes are below (nb, there are two separate pictures of the chicken/pork/egg dish, it needed to be ‘opened’).
The food was as we always remembered. Well priced (around $8 – 11 for each rice dish), reasonable quality of food, generous proportions, and a no fuss café style atmosphere. The author had the chicken/pork/egg dish – this particular meal was hearty and tasty, although the pork was not as fresh or tasty as other Hong Kong BBQ restaurants.
It is also worth mentioning that the drinks served there are also not bad. We ordered an ‘ice milk tea’, but the complimentary chinese tea is also adequate.
Our meal there ended with some of our group members topping up their meal with a pork bun on the way out (yes, we are a hungry bunch!).
Overall it was everything that we expected. This particular trip, like many of our other meals over the years, provided some good quality food, filled our stomachs and left us satisfied for the night ahead!
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