YOI, Melbourne CBD

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MELBOURNE | I was all geared up for a gifted home delivery of some Indonesian food from YOI a few weeks back, when news hit that restaurants were going to be opening for business during the time that the delivery was scheduled. Did I want to dine in instead? Hell yeah! And so it was that I found myself heading into the CBD for my first City of Melbourne dine in meal since July.

YOI is unashamedly a fusion restaurant, they even have the word “fusion” in their full name. Translated as “Yes”, brothers Dion and Michael Sanusi, with the help of their mother, serve up traditional family recipes with a creative twist. I had a good chat with them on the night, and their passion shines through. Quite the evolution from what started as a little side project to make a salted egg sauce.

Speaking of salted egg, it’s something you’ll find throughout the menu at YOI, and that’s no bad thing because it’s so addictive. The first dish pictured is their signature Indomie noodles with fried chicken and salted egg sauce. It’s the very definition of comfort food.

Other dishes I tried included salted egg fries, Balinese rice with Ayam Betutu (chicken marinated in rich aromatic spices and herbs and then steamed), with fried chicken skin, half-boiled egg, nuts and Balinese vegetables, and satay sticks with fiery sambal.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then you’ll want to check out YOI’s martabak. It’s a sweet pandan pancake with condensed milk, stuffed with two or more toppings of your choice. You can choose from Nutella, Peanuts, Chocolate Sprinkle, Cheese, or Oreo. I went for the suggested chocolate sprinkle and cheese, and wow, it really works. I can also confirm that it tastes great for breakfast the next day after you zap it in the microwave.⁣

Don’t be dissuaded by YOI’s slick, modern look and the word “fusion”. YOI is a welcoming, cosy, family restaurant at heart, and this shines through in the food, service, and atmosphere.

YOI

1/155 Franklin Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9043 1530
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 9:00pm

YOI Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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