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Lucy Liu

New hip and happening Lucy Liu is the latest Flinders Lane (or close enough) restaurant to grace us.  It was great food, and strong competition for Coda and Supernormal (asian inspired etc etc).

For some reason, the entrance was at the back and someone went a little crazy town with the red lighting in there.    Totally unrecognisable to me  from the old PM24.  As per most of my food outings now, I’m a bit too lazy to decide on the menu so we decided to let Lucy choose 7 plates for us.

Some of us don’t eat oyters, so we got the “organic tofu with cucumber, mint and pickled ginger“.  I would suggest not ordering this dish if you had choice.  It’s nice but really quite dull.

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Kingfish sashimi with green chilli, hot mint and toasted coconut” was excellent.  Perhaps one of the best kingfish sashimi dishes I’ve had in a while…

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The “steamed sticky beef bun with cucumber, hot chilli and black vinegar” was a rich and tasty mouthful.

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My favourite dish of the night was the simple sounding “crystal skin prawn and bamboo dumplings with cucumber and yuzu dressing“.  It was amazing!  Perfect little prawn dumplings.  Better than anything you’d get at yum cha :b

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Tempura soft shelled crab with hot green nam jim” was great.

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The “crisp masterstock free range chicken, bamboo salad, nam prik and hot & sour dressing” was tasty, but the party agreed that the chicken was too tough.   Especially the white meat.   I wouldn’t order it again.

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Okay, I take back my earlier call about the prawn dumplings being the best dish of the night.  The best was the “Lucy Liu wagyu been with yakiniku dipping sauce & hot mustard horseradish“.  It was perfect!  The beef was melt in mouth perfection and the sauces were excellent.

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The “roast barramundi fillet with black bean and chilli sambal and nouc cham dipping sauce” was another winning dish.  Perfectly cooked fish and great sauces.

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This was how our meal ended.  I’m not sure if they were ushering us out for the next sitting but we didn’t get dessert!  Regardless, dinner was very good and I’d gladly go back to try some other dishes (as well as ordering those prawn dumplings and beef!).

For more info and reviews:
Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar on Urbanspoon

Spice Temple Yum Cha

I was totally pumped to be trying yum cha at Spice Temple.  And because of this high expectation, it didn’t quite hit the mark.  The food was great, but it’s like something is missing from the normal yum cha experience.  Maybe it’s the trolleys of food, maybe the packed bustling restaurant or maybe just plain old rude waiters that were missing.  Anyway, let’s look at the food.

Started with “crispy Guangxi pork sliders” which were very good.  Not very yum cha like, but hey, it was delicious.

Crispy Guangxi pork slider

The next dish was really disappointing for me: “steamed rice noodle roll with char sui pork“.  I was expecting a fine delicate silky noodle but this was a thick blanket engulfing the pork.

steamed rice noodle roll with char sui porkYou can never fail with a serve of “crispy prawn wontons with hot and numbing sauce“.  As described, it was crispy and the sauce was tongue numbing.  Delicious.

Crispy prawn wontons with hot and numbing sauce

The old favourites get a high class makeover.  “pork and prawn siu mai” and “steamed scallop dumplings” are good.

Pork and prawn siu maiSteamed scallop dumplings

The “King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing” wontons were beautiful: silky with a nice bite to the prawns.  The sauce was a bit overwhelming, so try to avoid taking a mouthful of it.

King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing

Last up was the old favourite: “chicken and crab xiao long bao“.  They were excellent.

Chicken and crab Xiao long bao

So, a few hits and misses.   I think it’s a once in a lifetime thing and you just have to try it out.

For more info and reviews:

Spice Temple on Urbanspoon