• Lucy Liu (Melbourne)

The expectation of Chinese food being cheap and cheerful is changing.  As more and more trendy spots pop-up, clean and quality food in a cool setting has become the norm.  Looking at the style of Lucy Liu’s clientele, I realised I have to get out more...and dress better too.  Arriving down the cobbled laneway early on a Monday night, the Melbourne-typical eatery was already abuzz.

We sat at the high chairs and table at the back of the restaurant and saw the room fill as we ate.  As more and more entered we occasionally bumped by drinkers at the bar waiting for a spot to eat.  It was an atmospheric vibe and a lively one.

For a vegetarian, a meal at Lucy Lui is tofu.  A version of the bun was made with folded over steamed dough, crispy fried silken tofu and a chilli mayo which brought it altogether.

We shared a vegetarian version of the pancake – also  filled with tofu – which was delicious for its spicy sauce and balanced for the salad and simple spongy crepe wrap.

The vegetable and tofu tempura, was one dish made standard as vegetarian.  The batter was crunchy rather than crisp and the sweet chilli, tomato sauce was a welcomed change from the traditional tempura sauce.

Dessert was banana fritters.  They were done super crunchy in a hard batter, fried, and with grains.  The coconut ice-cream was creamy and a good combination.

The secret to Lucy Liu’s tastiness was in the sauces.  The food was well prepared and the venue conducive to a party atmosphere.  Book or arrive early to get a table.

Lucy Liu
23 Oliver Lane
Melbourne 3000
03 9639 5777
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