Saturday, December 27, 2008

Interesting Asian Restaurant Names

Now that all that kerfuffle with the US election is over, I return to one of my other main interests in life - chuckling at my Asian brothers and sisters. In a nice way of course.

Chinese restaurant names usually follow a certain predictable pattern: one adjective (golden, imperial, little, lucky, etc), followed by a noun (dragon, garden, palace, king, bamboo, etc). So you get names like Golden Buddha, Jade Palace, Bamboo Garden, yada yada. It's all pretty formulaic. Yet there are still some restaurant names out there that make you stop the car and think "Huh? What's that supposed to mean?"

Or alternatively, just a good old infantile Beavis & Butthead style "hehehe" at something that sounds slightly rude.

I love this. Not Nathan's. Just Nathan. As if it required no further explanation. I mean, if you call a restaurant Fong's, or Lim's, you can guess what sort of food it is. I'm not sure about Nathan though. Is this title a tribute to Nathan Road in Hong Kong? Or just some bloke named Nathan?

Turns out this place is actually called "Silky Swallow", which is quite a normal Chinese restaurant name (or alternatively, a good name for a pornographic movie). But their signwriter clearly wasn't having one of his better days. It was enough to make me stop the car and ponder that eternal question: "What is a Silky Wallow?"

Of course, finding Thai names that sound silly to the English speaker is like shooting fish in a barrel.

I wonder what cuts of meat this butcher specialises in?

(Oh,and I know this is a butcher, rather than a restaurant, so no need to point out my inconsistency, smartypants)

The salted plums here are like so good, they are like "Omigod!"

Clearly there were too many potential patrons who might mistakenly think that a place called "Rice Bar" serves nothing but rice. Glad they cleared up any confusion before it happened.

I'm told the food here is much nicer than you would expect from a place pronounced "Nausea's Kitchen".

These were all taken around Melbourne, in places that I happened to be passing. There are surely better ones out there. Please feel free to contribute more if you come across them.


  1. Funny stuff. I remember when a Thai restaurant called Phuket opened in my old neighborhood. (I wasn't familiar with the province of that name.) Tickled the hell out of me. Like, I'm driving along real hungry and I'm saying, "What do I feel like having? Phuket, I'll eat here."

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