With the beginning of summer and the re-opening of one of St Kilda’s most loved icons, The Espy, comes an updated classic Cantonese restaurant and bar that will have you never wanting to leave. Mya Tiger not only sits atop the stunning venue’s grand staircase and offers views of the infamous seaside town that many flock to summer after summer but also the delectable new eatery offers up a flavour packed menu that is sure to have you hooked from the very first bite.
Inspired by the Chinese cook-shops that sprang up throughout St Kilda during Victoria’s 1850s gold rush era and taking references from the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore guests are truly treated to a venue that looks as good as the food tastes. Golden velvet banquettes are adorned with tassel details and set against dark timbers that warm the space. Floor to ceiling steel-frame windows look over the void of the main staircase and French chandelier, and aged-rattan feature ceiling look down on the main dining area. Traditional fans cool the space, while operable windows welcome in the sea breeze and showcase St Kilda in all her splendour.
Whether you start off with classic snacks like sesame prawn toast and Chongqing wings or dive right into the scallop prawn siumai, ginger chicken dumplings and crispy pork bao there are plenty of tasty options that everyone will love. Vegetables play a big part of the menu like the honey caramel eggplant, salt & pepper tofu, and fried green beans with chilli and cashews who can stand alone or make the perfect accompanying addition to venue’s meats – roast duck, car siu pork and crispy pork belly. Seafood reigns supreme for mains, with crispy friend whole market fish, XO pippies and Typhoon King prawns, sitting alongside black pepper Sher wagyu beef, crispy skin chicken and sweet sour pork. Mango coconut pudding, red bean pancake and ice cream sandwich complete the feast on a sweet note.
If you’re yet to make it to Mya Tiger at The Espy then never fear as we have a first look at what you can expect. Take a look below at some of our favourite meal options and we will see you soon, perched atop the classic venue sharing a cocktail with your friends and eating your way through this tasty new eatery.