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HOT: Coco Rice, 10 Manchester Lane, Melbourne

P1030186v1 HOT: Coco Rice, 10 Manchester Lane, Melbourne

Coco Rice is one of the classier cheap-dish-with-rice joints in the CBD. As its name suggests, it specialises in coconut rice and Indonesian food in general and the small, brightly-lit restaurant is located in swish Manchester Lane, well away from the harsh flourescent lights and dumpster aromas of Chinatown.

P1030166v1 HOT: Coco Rice, 10 Manchester Lane, Melbourne

Most of the lunch workers and students come here for Coco Rice‘s packages – a plastic segmented container of rice, dishes of your choice and condiments. I tried the Traditional Java Rice package ($9.50) containing dry shredded beef, chilli green beans, a very mild chicken and egg curry and rice topped with strips of omelette and some unexpected texture in the form of sticky-sweet homemade chips. The package normally comes with plain rice and although I asked for coconut rice I’m not sure I received it – either that or the coconut rice is very mild in flavour.

I like the fact that you could graze on lots of different textures and flavours in one dish and Coco Rice does nice presentation, but I can’t say that the food blew me away. It’s a pleasant place for a quick, cheap meal that will fill you up if you’re on the go.

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7 comments for “HOT: Coco Rice, 10 Manchester Lane, Melbourne”

  1. That is bizarre – I went to Coco Rice for a quick bite to eat before catching a flick at the Japanese Film Festival last night!

    I must concur, I too felt it was good value for money. Danny went the java (like you), and I tried the fish, which was interesting. The coconut rice I had was most definitely coconut, so I’m sure you would have tasted it if it were.

    Posted by mellie
    Twitter: tummyrumbles
    | December 9, 2009, 4:43 pm
    • Hi Mellie

      When you say the fish was interesting, do you mean ‘bad’ interesting or ‘good’ interesting? :)

      Lately a lot of my eating out has been on-the-run, so I was quite chuffed to find a quick, cheap dinner option that wasn’t a candy bar, greasy fast food or had been sitting out all day. I’m curious about the quality of the other huge array of rice-and-dishes on Swanston Street – can you give any recommendations?

      Jetsetting Joyce

      Posted by Jetsetting Joyce | December 9, 2009, 5:29 pm
  2. I’ve had the fish and enjoyed it – it’s a great cheap place in the city!
    .-= Fitzroyalty´s last blog ..buttons on Johnston St =-.

    Posted by Fitzroyalty
    Twitter: indolentdandy
    | December 10, 2009, 1:36 pm
  3. Heya Joyce – oops, yeah, I meant interesting in a good way :-) It was coated with seasoned flour and had been cooked on a grill, so had some nice smoky flavours.

    Swanston Street is a bit of culinary wasteland, huh? Have you tried Don Don yet?
    .-= mellie´s last blog ..The bottle of milk =-.

    Posted by mellie
    Twitter: tummyrumbles
    | December 12, 2009, 9:12 pm
    • Hi Mellie

      Yes, I love Don Don! In fact, my upcoming post is of the same sashimi don that you reviewed a while ago – it’s just so pretty!

      I’ve always wondered about Mekong as well. My Vietnamese friends tell me it’s pretty average pho, yet Bill Clinton had two bowls :)

      Jetsetting Joyce

      Posted by Jetsetting Joyce | December 14, 2009, 9:43 am
  4. I don’t rate Mekong for its excessive MSG usage ;-) For Pho, I think Pho Dzung on Russell as one of the better ones in town. But then, I think Footscray is the place to go for a pho fix.
    .-= mellie´s last blog ..Hardware Societe =-.

    Posted by mellie
    Twitter: tummyrumbles
    | December 14, 2009, 5:53 pm

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