Since it opened seven years ago, Bang Bang has become a Mordialloc fixture. Not only has the restaurant developed a strong local following, it also sees guests visiting from as far away as Mornington and the inner city. The team split the difference when determining the location for the second Bang Bang, which opens tonight.

Located bayside, in Hampton Street Village, the new venue is an extension of the Bang Bang owners BJBAC Group’s broader portfolio of suburban eateries, including Parkers Pavilion and Sunny Boy Beach Club.

“We always tend to be anchored in the local community,” says owner Cory Jimmieson. “That’s our starting point when looking for a new suburb or a new venue.”

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The building was renovated to evoke “a sense of light and space”, he says. Skylights were added to the roof, sound panelling was installed to keep excess noise at a minimum, and large sliding windows were introduced at the front of the venue to merge indoor and on-street dining during the warmer months.

The menu is share-style and can easily be adapted for different party sizes and dietary restrictions, with an Asian influence that spans the continent, taking influence from Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea and India.

Much of it mirrors what’s on offer at Mordialloc – including the fan-favourite fried Sichuan eggplant.

“It’s one that we put on the menu from the start, and it’s still on all our menus seven years later,” says Jimmieson.

There are also lamb ribs and pork belly, both twice-cooked with garnishes of fresh or pickled seasonal produce, and small but flavour-packed bites like prawn toast and pani puri.

Every weeknight from 5pm to 6pm is Bang Bang Hour, featuring $2 oysters, $35 raw tasting plates (with Pacific oysters, hiramasa kingfish sashimi, and snapper ceviche), and $15 cocktail specials. The options will rotate but Jimmieson says the Yuzu Sour and the Chilli Chilli Bang Bang (their take on a spicy Margarita) are worth trying any time of day.

Bang Bang
315 Hampton Street, Hampton
No phone

Hours:
Mon to Thu 5pm–late
Fri to Sun 12pm–3pm, 5pm–late

bangbangeats.com.au