First timer at Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar, I must admit I haven’t heard of it before – Yes I’m like a hermit, where have I been blah blah…
Entry to the space is now via cobbled Oliver Lane at the rear which is weird, I understand it’s a quirky idea but why can’t there be 2 doors, one via the lane and one via Russell Street? Cobbled stone aren’t the best for women’s in heels (insert giggles).
First impression, it is a very charming restaurant. The interior is a mix of communal and booth seating. Very loud with the music and the customers, we had to kind of shout at each other at one stage to hear the person across from us. Highly recommend reservations. We managed to get one day before for a 5.30PM seating which then we were promptly excused at 7PM on the dot for next reservation.
Service was good however that was from the main server. The other two that we got was sort of random, asked me for either tap or sparkling water and never came back to me. And the other one felt like they were rushing us to eat so they could clear the next table. Yes we know you told us we needed to be out. We were aware… just be genuine to us and you will get the respect back. A diners experience starts from the service to the foods!
Food wise, menu offered were very similar to other Fusion restaurants. Frankly I must say there are way too many Asian Fusion restaurants in the CBD now. Choices of Asian share plates, it offers the usual betel leaf entrée which came with tuna, soy and ginger. This was a disappointment to me, the leaf was fresh but I did not taste the soy and ginger flavour at all. Then we ordered the Kingfish Sashimi, with toast coconut and foam? The foam was a delight with the Kingfish however I was missing the chilli kick! The final dish we got was the Korean style Pork Belly, with apple kimchi salad and pancake and hoi sin. Boy this was huge! Fit for a party of 4, we had plenty left over between the 3 of us. The Pork was dropping off the bone but I’m not highly convinced I like this dish to be served with the pancake. The pancake was dry and was cracking half the time I attempted to wrap it. Where’s the light floury pancake like what you get when you have Peking duck? Tsk Tsk. The Kim chi on the other hand was the star to me! It added a special kick to the combined dish. However would I return for this dish? Probably not.
Overall a pleasant experience. But Lucy Liu is just another I have to add to the mixed of Ok places. I might stick to my absolute favourite Longrain or Supernormal though…
“The things that people cannot do without everyday are firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and tea.” –Phrase coined in the late Southern Song dynasty.
Till next time