Monday, July 14, 2014

Lucy Liu Opens

Another hip Asian eatery in Melbourne, I hear you ask? Make no mistake about it, Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar stands out from the pack, because it offers a sophisticated, rather than hipster, dining experience. There's no kitsch Asian decorations here: instead, the stylish space  - created by March Studio - was inspired by Executive Chef and CEO Michael Lambie's recent trip to Shanghai, where bamboo scaffolding seen in Hong Kong, for instance, was re-interpreted in Lucy Liu's ceiling.  

Apparently the restaurant's namesake has nothing to do with the Charlie's Angels actress, but rather tries to capture the spirit of an eatery which showcases the best Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. At the launch night, everyone was raving - including designers Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino from J'Aton, seated at my table. Don't leave without trying the cocktail list, to, including a Coconut Mojito. But make sure you book: although walk-ins are available, the place has enough buzz to make getting in a bit tricky. 

Dean Davies and Shoona Stanes 

Scott Borg and designers Mimi and Arthur Galan

J'aton's Anthony Pittorino and Jacob Luppino

Brad McEwan and Cassie Tong
The team behind Lucy Liu (Michael Lambie, Scott Borg, Zac Cribbes and Owen Brockfield

Photos by Kristian Dowling/Lucas Dawson Photography

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