We are proud to announce that after 500 hundred years of imprisonment the ?Monkey King? the keeper of the enchanted peach trees will be released and will be setting up residence in Menzies Alley, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre.
?Monkey King being "born from an egg on a mountain top"; a stone egg and thus he is a stone monkey, a skilled fighter who becomes a brash king of a monkey tribe, who, the legend goes on to claim, was "the punkiest monkey that ever popped". He achieved a little enlightenment, and proclaimed himself "Great Sage, Equal of Heaven". After demanding the "gift" of a magical staff from a powerful Dragon king, and to quiet the din of his rough antics on Earth, Monkey is approached by Heaven to join their host, first in the lowly position of Master of the Stable (manure disposal), and then?after his riotous complaints?as "Keeper of the Peach Garden of Immortality". Monkey eats many of the peaches, which have taken millennia to ripen, becomes immortal and runs amok. Having earned the ire of Heaven and being beaten in a challenge by an omniscient, mighty, but benevolent, cloud-dwelling Buddha (釈迦如来, Shakanyorai?), Monkey is imprisoned for 500 years under a mountain in order to learn patience.?
In 2015, 500 years after the Monkey King was first imprisoned, he has been freed and given a new world to rule.
The team behind Zhou Zhou bar on Chapel have created the next chapter in their portfolio. ?Monkey King? will offer an experience like no other. Like everything with ?Monkey King? it will break all the rules and infuse cuisines from his travels through Asian and beyond. We will take you on the journey of enlightenment that only you and the ?Monkey King? himself can take. ?Monkey King? is a drinking den and a place to indulge your senses. The menu will encourage sharing and our guests can either enjoy a snack before the movies, a drink after work or a full on ...read more
This is what they call a Pan-Asian beer bar but to be honest there didn't seem to be anything all that Asian about it, with the exception of the dcor. They had a couple of Asian beers on tap, but not a huge number (though I didn't check out the bottled ranges namely because I only go for tap beer). The place was okay though, and it is located just inside the Melbourne Central shopping centre so I would call it a 'railway pub' (since it is really close to the railway station). When I was there it was fairly quite, and they sort of have a beer garden, though since it is located inside the complex it is quite sheltered. It isn't bad, but not some place that I would visit all that often, though it is fairly easy to get to (and just around the corner from my work).