VISIT TO MELBOURNE: With the line being so long at Chin Chin even when I got there at 5:40pm, my friends and I head to Lucy Liu in Melbourne CBD for an Asian Fusion experience.
Lucy Liu is located in Melbourne CBD down an alley in a dark restaurant. It's best described as an upmarket Asian Fusion restaurant. The decore is stylish and modern (below).
The staff explain that the intent of Lucy Liu is to order dishes to share. The girls get some recommendations for the menu and we order.
Firstly, there's the very delicious looking King Fish sashimi ($19 below) where the King Fish sits in a zesty lime juice with coconut cream, thai basil and little coconut shavings. This is my FAVOURITE dish as it's such a delightful burst of flavour in your mouth. The flavour combination is perfect along with the variety of textures. My friends comment that the coconut cream and shavings could be stronger in flavour but I disagree, I think the subtly allows the kingfish to shine. A definite recommend!!
Next up is the Nam Khao Tod ($16, below) which is a salad of thai basil, coriander, ocean trout, chilli and crunchy mini prawns. This is a smaller portion than I thought but the salad is very flavoursome. The herbs bring out a freshness to the trout.
My friend PH strongly recommends the Korean Style Pork Hock with apple kim chi pickles, coriander, spring onion and cucumber, pancakes and hoi sin sauce (Below, $38). Once you wrap all the ingredients up in the pancake, it reminds you of a duck pancake except it's pork. It's very tasty and is easily shared with the 4 girls. You will need some strong calvary knife skills to cut up the meat which is pink, tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside. A recommend!!!
Barra Laksa ($37, below), is a pan fried Barramundi with assam laksa broth, a few split poached prawns and thai basil. We also order rice which is $4 per bowl. The Barramundi is perfectly cooked, the fish moist and soaking in the assam broth. The broth is not too spicy and goes well with the rice.
Highlights: The kingfish is definitely the highlight for me. You must order this dish.
Price: $50ish per person
Location: 23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily
Summary: Lisa's Rating: Check it out if you want modern fusion and have the cash for the experience.
Food: 8/10 for casual dining
Customer Service: 9/10