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Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar - Wok Tossed King Prawns & Mussels

Melbourne: Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar – 12 Nov 2016

For my second night in Melbourne, one of my ex-colleagues recommended a visit to Lucy Liu’s which is an Asian fusion type restaurant. Located down Oliver Lane, the place is packed but I manage to score a table and are seated at one of the high benches overlooking the restaurant. There are hooks underneath the bench, perfect for hanging my bags after a day of shopping. The interior is very chic, covered in criss cross wood formations, yet there is plenty of buzz and is another venue with lots of atmosphere. Turn over the placemat to reveal the menu, there’s plenty to choose from and I seek the guidance of the waitstaff.

I start with a fresh betel leaf. Yummy and hands on way to roll up the betel leaf and consume the lovely tuna and roe. It’s light and refreshing and the perfect start to the meal. I’m a real fan of bao so the crispy pork bun was an easy choice. The soft bun encases crispy pork and contains a lovely sauce to amplify the flavour. The crunch of the pork is distinctive, although a little chewy at times, contrasting against the soft bao which melts in your mouth. Enhanced with some lovely Asian ingredients and the kewpie mayo, each bite is delicious.

For something more substantial, I opted for the wok tossed king prawns and mussels. I didn’t expect to get such a large hearty bowl though. t love the delicious flavoursome XO influenced broth, the succulent mussels, juicy prawns, crispy prawn heads, and the minced beef. The Chinese doughnuts are a distinctive food item throughout many parts of Asia and are perfect for sopping up broth as is the case here. Once soaked, the doughnut takes on the flavour of the broth which is simply yum. So full, I continue walking around Melbourne to walk off my full belly.


Cambridge Forum - Malaysian Hawker - Lor Bak

Cambridge Forum International Foodcourt: Malaysian Hawker – 20 Aug 2016

I’ve driven past here before but never visited so I popped by on Saturday afternoon for lunch. I was keen on the Paris Café, a French bistro, but they open for dinner. There’s plenty of food stalls to choose from so I had a look around and settled on Malaysian Hawker. After placing an order at the cash only stall, you take a number, go to the center and grab cutlery, find a table and wait. Your food is brought out to you. I started with lor bak which is like a sausage with a crispy crinkly skin. The pork filing is really delicious, especially with a touch of sweet chilli sauce. It also comes with creamy silken tofu with a lovely skin. Very tasty. I’m a real fan of kway teow and so this was an easy choice. Lovely soft noodles with Chinese sausage, bean shoots and prawns, I was hungry and it was demolished in no time. Yum. Takeway is also available and there’s plenty of food stalls to choose from (Chinese, dim sum, Japanese, Indian, Australian, French, and Singaporean), including a drinks stall. Plenty of free parking, lots of tables inside, if you’re looking for something different then it’s certainly worth a visit.


Tak Chee House - Chicken Rice

Tak Chee House – 23 Jul 2016

Unfortunately I had to work over the weekend on a project but that meant after putting in some hours, it was off for a feed to replenish the energy levels. The talk of chicken rice at Tak Chee House got the nod so we took a leisurely stroll and were fortunate to secure the only empty table in the packed restaurant. A quick look at the menu and the famed chicken rice was chosen by all. You have the option of choosing breast or leg so I went with the breast. A bowl of rice cooked in the water used to cook the chicken is presented, the rice carrying a lovely flavour of the chicken. The tender succulent breast is presented, chopped into pieces, looking very plain, but paired with the soy sauce and bean sprout mixture, it comes to life. It’s a really delicious and also a cheap meal that was polished off and left us all satisfied. Just a few doors down is Esther’s Cake Shop so I grabbed an egg waffle and also some freshly made warm Chinese egg tarts that were both delicious. I love baked goods and these met my sweet tooth cravings.


Twisted Chopsticks - Angry Duck

Twisted Chopsticks – 25 Nov 2015

Newly opened in September, Twisted Chopsticks offers dishes of an Asian influence, mainly from Japan and Korea. They serve alcohol and have early bird specials. I got a take away order of okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake, and angry duck which appears one of their signature dishes. The Japanese pancake is light, soft and moist, slightly gooey with the cheese, and contains delicious tender thin slices of pork with a lovely sweetness from the BBQ sauce. The angry duck carries quite a chilli kick and has strong intense flavours. This is tempered by the plain steamed rice and the salad. There’s a fair amount of boneless duck, though some pieces are a little dry while others are moist and tender. A brave bold dish that is anything but subtle.


Darlings Supper Club - Roast Duck Nasi Goreng

Darlings Supper Club – 28 Oct 2015

The Darlings Supper Club offers a fusion of Asian cuisine but the dishes offered still stay close to it’s roots. The balance and execution of the dishes were generally excellent, complemented perfectly with a dipping sauce or salad. These latter elements were crucial to keeping the dish in check, the perfect balance of acidity, sweet, sour or spicy helped compliment or counteract any richness or strong flavours. A few of the dishes were over salted which was disappointing. While I enjoyed the food and the service, if you’re going to set up shop in Northbridge you’re going toe to toe with all the other Asian restaurants. Darlings Supper Club matched them on flavour, but failed miserably on price. A yum cha restaurant a few blocks away would not charge $10 for 4 prawn dumplings. A typical nasi goreng wouldn’t push $14, half the price of Darlings version, albeit with roast duck, at $28. Darlings is not your typical Asian restaurant, it’s proposition is different but I felt the pricing is on the high side for comparable dishes available close by at other Northbridge restaurants. The total bill was just under $150, just under $100 after the voucher.


Goreng2 - Char Kway Teow

Goreng2 – 20 Oct 2015

Goreng2 presents diners with a range of Malaysian inspired dishes that are made fresh to order for you to enjoy in the casual relaxed surrounds or as takeaway. I was really hungry and I ordered the char kway teow which was served in a jiffy. I loved the char kway teow with lots of juicy prawns and tender squid rings. The noodles had a lovely flavour and the whole dish was satisfying. Yum!


Noodle Market - Braised Beef Noodles,

Eat, Drink, Perth – Night Noodle Markets

What: Food festival of events Where: Perth CBD, Northbridge and other locations When: 18 March – 24 April 2015 Web: http://visitperthcity.com.au/eatdrinkperth   The Eat Drink Perth food festival is back for another year and there’s plenty of events to keep you interested. The West Australian had a lift out covering the […]


Maple Crepes Cafe - Nutella Supreme

Maple Crepes Cafe – 11 Oct 2014

I walked in and a look at the menu before settling on the Nutella Supreme $7.80 – Nutella, banana, strawberry, roasted almonds, oreos, peanut butter. After a reasonable wait the crepe was served. It looked really delicious! The crepe is quite a large size and well packed full of ingredients. The crepe itself is a little overdone, slightly crunchy, firm, leathery in some spots, and yet for the most part, it’s reasonably soft. I would have preferred my crepe to be cooked a little less. Having said that, each mouthful was delicious. The crepe’s filling contains lots of thinly sliced banana and strawberry pieces that are lovely and soft and warmed through. There’s a nice mix of nutella, adding just that touch of chocolate and sweetness, a bit more chocolate intensity from the crushed oreos, a bit of crunch from the flaked almonds, and a bit of gooeyness from the peanut butter. It’s a feel good dessert, big on the yum factor, big on comfort food. You leave with a smile and a full stomach.


Papparich - Roti Canai Curry Chicken

Papparich Northbridge – 18 Sep 2014

Papparich offers patrons a lovely modern comfortable interior to enjoy a variety of Malaysian dishes from their extensive menu. Just write down the dishes on the notepad, press the buzzer, and your order will be whipped away to the kitchen by the friendly staff. We sampled a variety of dishes during our lunch. We started with the satay chicken which was super tender and moist and enjoyed with a lovely satay sauce. Next up, the delicious roti dipped in with the flavoursome dhal, spicy chilli mix, and of course the chicken curry made for a treat. There was plenty of tender pieces of chicken to enjoy which were very tasty. I really liked the soft rice noodles of the char koay teow with the plump and juicy prawns. The prawn mee was an interesting dish resembling what looks like laksa but is not. The mix between prawn infused broth and curry presents a unique set of delicious flavours to be enjoyed with perfectly cooked thick Hokkien noodles, chicken slices, and prawns. This was a very tasty dish. You can’t go past the array of milk drinks home to Malaysia so I enjoyed iced teh tarik with my meal. After all that, I couldn’t squeeze in dessert but had a taste of my colleagues who ordered a very warm, soft, smooth, soothing dessert. The fermented soy bean is like soft coconut flesh immersed in a slightly sweet syrup. It’s such an unassuming dish that just ends the meal perfectly. I really enjoyed my visit to Papparich and would be happy to return. While a guest of the restaurant which I appreciate, I think the only criticism I would reserve would be in terms of pricing – it’s a little pricey for an Asian restaurant (~$35 per head) and there’s also an inconsistency between dishes. An example is the roti with chicken curry costs the same as 6 satay skewers. The roti delivers more bang for your buck, and at $13 dollars, is rather pricey for satay chicken skewers.