Review: Lo Quay – Not the Vietnamese Cuisine That Most Would Imagine


In a metropolis the place there are many Vietnamese eating places to select from, Lo Quay makes it debut with a re-imagination of the Southeast Asian delicacies. Helmed by Chef Quynh Brown who beforehand got here from modern izakaya Zuma, Lo Quay means “discover” and is her invitation to friends to discover her considerate, daring
reinterpretation of Vietnamese delicacies. Here, the nation’s vibrant and acquainted flavors are recast with modern strategies.

The very first thing I seen after I entered the bottom ground shophouse unit that Lo Quay occupies are the variety of artworks hanging on the wall. Many of them depict reminiscences that Chef Quynh had rising up in Saigon and practising rooftop farming along with her grandfather throughout a difficult time within the nation. These artwork prints had been really made utilizing AI, though the extraordinarily vivid and lifelike particulars made me query that.

I used to be invited by the restaurant to examine them out, the place I attempted the Discover menu (S$148) which comes with 12 programs. Lo Quay additionally affords a 4-course menu that begins from S$98.

We began with 4 chilly snacks, with the Amela Tomato, Shiso and Soursop setting the tone of the meal with its stability of candy and bitter to open one’s urge for food.

This was adopted by a trio –

The Wagyu Tartare, Onsen Egg, Shrimp Salt Puffs had been delightfully crispy with hand-chopped wagyu tenderloin, cured quail egg yolk, mayonnaise and shallots sitting on high of a shrimp puff.

The Amberjack, Pomegranate and Umezuke is completed up sashimi type with the tangy flavors of sorrel leaves, recent pomegranate seeds and pickled Japanese plum.

Lastly, the Pate Choux, Scallop, Ikura was akin to a small burger. It’s made from kaffir lime pate choux with Japanese scallop mousseline, ikura pickled in shiso amazu and kimchi remoulade.

After the chilly snacks got here a sequence of three sizzling snacks –

The Oyster, Bone Marrow, Caviar featured Murotsu Bay oyster from Japan blanketed in hollandaise sauce, aburi searing and a dollop of hybrid caviar.

Fruity younger jackfruit with meaty undertones got here to outline the Jackfruit, Tomato, Tamarind course. The medley of flavors was a novelty to me. Partly fruity and likewise considerably savory, this was a play on “cha ca,” the Vietnamese grilled fish dish from well-known Hanoi restaurant Cha Ca La Vong.

The final sizzling starter was the Obsiblue Prawn, Sticky Rice, XO – fried and coated with sticky rice. The prawn was candy and tangy and got here with a prawn head that has been cooked tempura type.

One of essentially the most talked about dishes at Lo Quay is their interpretation of Pho Bo. This could be seen as a bite-sized model of the long-lasting Vietnamese dish, with no noodles and utilizing offal bits along with wagyu. The broth, which carries a wealthy beef taste, takes 18 hours to make.

Another bite-sized model of an iconic dish, the banh mi right here is introduced in a puff pastry. Inside, there’s grilled Iberico pork jowl with pork crackling, home made pork liver pate and kombu butter. The form and consistency of the pastry harkened some similarities to Singapore-style tarts. I cherished the flavorful filling. However if this dish wasn’t referred to as banh mi, I might not have simply made the connection. 

Prior to the mains, we acquired a salad as a sharing dish. Made up of pickled kohlrabi, endive, pink chicory pink, orange, child gem lettuce and shallots; the salad is tossed in calamansi juice and tamarind miso dressing. There’s additionally a little bit of peanut as garnishing, lending an additional crunch. 

For the mains, diners are given the choice to pick between a lamb, fish, duck or wagyu dish. We selected the latter which comes with a complement of S$18. The 100g MB 7 Australian tenderloin wagyu got here with 2 sauces – a pumpkin puree in addition to squid ink puree. The beef was tender and well-seasoned though the Vietnamese component right here was much less pronounced. 

We ended the meal with the Cafe Phin Parfait, Espresso, Dulcey. Inspired by Vietnamese espresso, the espresso kahlua parfait and condensed milk gelato made for a moderately intense pairing with the espresso taste being fairly pronounced.

While the Vietnamese components had been moderately delicate total, I must say that I tremendously loved the Discover menu at Lo Quay. The dishes contained components that I have a tendency to love in a dinner – tangy flavors, a juxtaposition of textures in addition to nice surprises and right here and there. If there may be the rest I might search for, I might in all probability want for a carbohydrate dish – this being a Vietnamese-inspired restaurant in any case.

Lo Quay
88 Amoy Street
Singapore 069907

+65 3129 7556


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