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Cantonese at The Espy

Mya Tiger, a classic Cantonese restaurant and cocktail bar is now open at Hotel Esplanade.

Sitting atop The Espy’s grand staircase, Mya Tiger offers up flavour-packed Cantonese, tasty cocktails and front-row seats to St Kilda’s epic sunsets.

Mya Tiger is inspired by the Chinese cook-shops that sprang up throughout St Kilda during Victoria’s 1850s gold rush era. Taking references from the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore, this new restaurant offers views of Port Phillip Bay and the buzz on the terrace below.

Guests can start off with a drink at the emerald-rich cocktail bar, complete with green velvet booths and stunning hand-painted mural by 8 Food Walls. Moving into the restaurant, 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.

The Food

Mya Tiger has drawn on her own childhood favourites, like sesame prawn toast, Chongqing wings, scallop prawn siumai, ginger chicken dumplings and crispy pork bao. There are plenty of tasty vegetables, like the honey caramel eggplant, salt & pepper and tofu, and fried green beans with chilli and cashews; the perfect accompaniment to Mya Tiger’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.

Mya Tiger completes the landmark redevelopment of St Kilda’s Hotel Esplanade. The first phase of the impressive five-level hotel opened earlier this month, including parts of building that many never knew existed. Privately owned hospitality group, Sand Hill Road bought The Espy in May 2017 and have spent the past eighteen months lovingly restoring the seaside icon to her former grandeur and glory, creating 12 bars, two restaurants and three stages across the expansive property.

The Details

Mya Tiger at Hotel Esplanade

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

Phone: 03 9534 0211


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