389 Brunswick Street has served me well over the last 20 years.
First there was Hideout Cafe during my poorer Uni years, with the biggest motherf*ker piece of cake and coffee for just $5.
Then came St Jude's which was hands down below zero one of my favourites for such a long time but then it died.
And now it is Rice Queen.
The best thing about this place is the atmosphere and the personal service. Lots of lanterns all around, a great DJ and waiters buzzing and engaging in meaningful conversation like the expense of private schools.
I was out with boys only for another night this week and tonight's wanted fried stuff.
A massive menu full of almost every kind of Asian cuisine - Vietnamese, Korean, Thai. Don't be put off by this because the food is actually good.
KFC Asian chicken - excellent.
Marinated pork bites, also tasty as was the kum pow chicken and the Korean pork tacos.
The fried fish with salad was a tad soggy but nice flavours. Pull it back on the dressing and it would have been an excellent dish.
The Queen may die at some point but for now she is alive and kicking.
And she is good value, around $35 per head including a glass of wine or cider each.