Restaurant Reviews

Ricky & Pinky: Restaurant review

Ricky & Pinky

Address

211 Gertrude St
Fitzroy, VIC

Hours

Lunch Thu-Sun noon-11pm
Dinner daily 5.30pm-11pm

Prices

E $8-$16
M $25-$28
D $6-$15
7 courses $65

REVIEW

Andrew McConnell strikes again at Ricky & Pinky, a Hong Kong-style diner inside the Builders Arms Hotel. Exposed gold pipes, pastel banquettes, and paper napkins project casual glam, and there's a snacky, shareable menu to match. Using high-end ingredients, such as free-range meat from McConnell's nearby Meatsmith butchery, his head chef ArChan Chan puts traditional Cantonese cooking firmly in the now. Fried prawn and chicken wontons have plenty of crunch, while pops of salmon roe and scud chilli make raw kingfish a standout. Springy salt-and-pepper squid is lightly battered and perfectly fried, ideal with a frosty pint from Ricky's excellent drinks list. Or maybe a bottle from the range of 300-plus wines that span South Africa to Austria? Larger dishes include fall-apart braised short ribs and whole steamed snapper with ginger and coriander, while plus-sized fortune cookies are a fun, buttery, biscuity way to finish.

Phone:
(03) 9417 7700

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Andrew McConnell & ArChan Chan

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.