Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Lau’s Family Kitchen

I’m not a religious man. But I claim this. God smiled at me and took my dirty plate. The hand still trembles at the thought… a devine moment.

Lau’s Family Kitchen, Melbourne’s anointed answer to Sydney’s Billy Kwong. Very different because Billy Kwong lacks one thing… there is no God running the show. Though both serve up Chinese fare like no other.

Nestled in a nook amongst the trendy eating block that is the abbreviated section of Acland St, you’re welcomed to an Asian Eden with a very sexy, sleek feel. Adored the service that has a real sense of respect. Despite having to pay for the tea, the attentive staff were quick to refill cups, elders first, then the ladies, then the gents. Food was also served in that manner. Class of the highest degree. I sense God’s fine touch.

No copious amounts of Monosodium glutamate is dissolved in saliva here. Just fresh, mainly organic-esque ingredients. As if God himself harvested them all from his own backyard because He wants you to enjoy the Earth’s fresh flavours. Immediately the oysters make a grand impression, steamed and dressed in a fresh low salt, seemingly freshly pressed soy, ginger and Chinese wine. The old spring roll is revived by quality lamb mince and finely sliced spring onions, skin heavenly crisp. A sweet and vinegary marinade is lathered over the top of moist pork chops. That light soy again appears to accompany the crispy skinned, tender meat of poussin (young chicken) and the lightly battered, fried to perfection toothfish.

I’ve seen the light… He does exist and He is fine. A family dinner to be remembered. What are you thoughts Gilbert?

3.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 4 Acland St, St Kilda, VIC
What? Average Main $20

Left to Right : Oysters, Spring Rolls, Taro and Eggplant, Chinese Broccoli, Sweet Vinegar Pork, Toothfish, Soy Poussin, MaPo Tofu, Banana Fritters, Strawberries and Ice-Cream

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