Tenpin is a vibrant restaurant and bar in Port Melbourne. Set on Beach Street, it’s a great spot to grab some South East Asian cuisine whilst watching a beautiful sunset.
The venue was christened Tenpin after some old signage from Mentone’s Tenpin Bowling Club was discovered (and now lives at Tenpin). The dynamic dining venue is the brainchild of Nick Savage, Lyndal Barnes, Matt Thurley and Executive Chef Ashley Richey.
The four are already known for the Middle Eastern culinary delights on offer at Mr Lawrence at The London just down the road.
Melbourne Girl was invited to trial some of these delights at this amazing venue. (I am pleased to say Tenpin also offers a sensational cocktail list.)
The menu has a specific focus on Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian fare. We sampled the edamame, Harvey Bay half shell scallops, crispy skinned pork belly, steamed fish fillet with XO, coconut chicken curry and a side of gai lan with ginger and oyster sauce.
Was it amazing? Yes. The sauces complimented each dish perfectly, the fish was cooked to absolute perfection (sometimes fish is a hit and miss affair), and each dish came together flawlessly. The Tenpin menu is designed for sharing the dishes, so you can really sample a bit of everything.
I have to say, the staff made great recommendations. The fish fillet wasn’t even on our radar – we ordered it based on the recommendation, and it actually ended up being my favourite dish of the night. If you’re unsure, ask the friendly staff! They can also point you toward the spicier/milder dishes.
Tenpin has a fantastic vibe, food and cocktails. Even better, it’s not too exxy – so you can splurge on an extra cocktail!
49 Beach Street