Saturday nights are now a bit different to how they used to be.
What does a Saturday night look like with an almost three-year-old in tow?
An early meal, and a quick meal - Asian food is always good with young kids, as the service is fast. A bottle of red wine, drunk at a pace that equals the speed of the meal. Some Wiggles on the iPhone. And a Mum who decides to sit in the backseat with her child so they can play and sing songs together all the way home (this may or may not have a direct link with the speed of the red wine consumption).
In between all of that, there was a delicious meal.
When we walked into this restaurant, we weren't entirely sure how it would go. But, bolstered by the great online reviews we'd read and the knowledge that this was a spot that prides itself on its 'hawker-style' meals - its casual setting being one of the drawcards with a child who has an adversity to sitting down for too long - we headed in.
Often it's the unassuming-looking places that serve the best food. And this was a fantastic Malaysian meal.
The soft-shell crab was so full of aroma and spices (but not in a hot way):
And the noodles - way better than they look!:
One word: yum.
PS - I then fell asleep on the couch at 9pm, clearly exhausted after a whirlwind Saturday night of fun. So tragic.
We ate at Redbean Kitchen in Hawthorn, an inner suburb of Melbourne, with thanks to the Malaysia Kitchen campaign.