Lau’s Family Kitchen
4 Acland Street
December 2011: My prior visit here.
I’ve made no secret I’m an avid fan of Lau’s Family Kitchen. It retains all things one likes about Chinese restaurants - the sharing concept, the comfort, the noisiness (debatable); and does away with my dislikes - the grubbiness, the brusque service. They elevate Chinese dining to a new level - it’s clean, refined, the servings are neat and the service is impeccable. Most importantly, the food is always fresh and of good quality, and they let the ingredients speak for themselves. Chinese restaurants too often douse everything in heavy sauces or deep fry/batter food to oblivion.
Spare Ribs ($19.5)
One of their specials - it’s quite tender and fragrant.
Wontons Stuffed with Pork & Prawn Mince served in a Clear Chicken Broth ($12)
Encased in silky wrappers with a light broth. Perfect for one person.
Eye Fillet ($35)
One of my pet peeves - beef being far too tender in Chinese restaurants. A first world problem I know, but you lose the robust texture and juiciness completely. Wagyu is melt in your mouth tender but it still retains the gorgeous texture when you take a bite.
Mushroom Fried Rice ($18)
With a lovely bite, fragrant with fluffy egg and fresh juicy assorted mushrooms.
Stir Fried Seasonal Vegetables ($25.5)
Steamed Barramundi ($35)
You can’t go wrong with the velvety steamed barramundi in a light soy.
Chilli Prawns ($37)
My first read on this dish was that I wouldn’t like it as much as the garlic version. But the prawns were still fresh and crunchy, and the accompanying savoury chilli sauce was really quite delicious, it’s not a heavy sweet chilli sauce.
Lau’s Family Kitchen - good elegant Cantonese cuisine in a cosy comfortable setting.