Lau’s Family Kitchen, St Kilda, Melbourne
I have wanted to try Lau’s Family Kitchen for a while now. I know one of the owners, we met through a friend and every time he comes to Hong Kong we try and catch up. You might recognise the last name, Lau, Gilbert Lau, Gilbert owned Flower drum and sold the restaurant to his employees a few years ago. He opened Lau’s Family Kitchen with his sons.
I was in Melbourne for work with clients and they were DYING to eat Chinese food and suggested this place. I was rather surprised that he knew, apparently he has been coming here to eat for a very long time as his son used to study in Melbourne.
Lau’s Family Kitchen is a very casual Chinese restaurant and can be found on Acland Street in St Kilda. My dear friend M doesn’t usually work during the day, but he made a special effort to see me which I thought was very sweet! We left all the ordering to him and he did not disappoint.
We started with the saltbush lamb spring rolls, now you all know my love for lamb.. NOT. This was good, the lamb was subtle and wasn’t gamey. It was actually quite tasty!
The lemon duck was beautiful cooked. The duck was tender and the batter was not too thick.
The crispy chicken I enjoyed, crispy skin and tender meat.
My fellow diners were perusing the menu and noticed salt and pepper squid. They insisted in ordering this which they did and absolutely loved it!
The wagyu beef with choy sum was a good way to end the meal. The beef was incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth. It was absolutely delicious.
The fruit platter which I didn’t take a photo off was beautifully presented and everything was fresh and wonderful. Thank you M for looking after us! We truly enjoyed the food and no doubt next time I am in Melbourne will visit Lau’s Family Kitchen again!
Deliciously full, we caught a taxi back to the city and had meetings. Believe me, it was hard not to fall asleep on a full stomach!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
Lau’s Family Kitchen
4 Acland Street
St Kilda, Victoria, 3182
Ph: +61 3 8598 9880