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“Great food supported by exceptional, unobtrusive, instinctive service.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lau's Family Kitchen

Lau's Family Kitchen
4 Acland Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
8598 9880
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Ranked #2 of 178 Restaurants in St Kilda
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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“Great food supported by exceptional, unobtrusive, instinctive service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Arrived at Lau's early Monday night for a quick dinner prior to a gig at the Palais, no booking. Shown to a window table for 2 with the explanation that we needed to vacate by 8, no problem. Ordered an entree and main each, wines by the glass. Asked by our waiter if we were sharing - yes... Meal then transpired as a banquet of four courses, each dish presented to us both equally. Service was effortless, amusing and engaging. New wines appeared by the glass almost sooner than we had ordered. walked out 90 min later sated, satisfied and full. Could not fault it, just perfect. Special mention of the duck with sour plum. Yeah baby!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

The food here is very good and authentic.
Very small and loud dining area and can be a bit on the pricey side. I would go back for the food.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Suffering the Flower Drum halo effect?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

For years I saw Flower Drum, Gilbert Lau's original claim to fame, get multiple accolades that frankly I thought were overrated and I got the same feeling here. In marketing or business the cardinal sin is over promising and although here it is the customer reviews rather than LFK themselves that do that, it has the same effect - let down.

It is not bad but it's not brilliant either. Service was good without being stellar and the ambience is basic. They do the two sittings business for dinner 6-8.30 and 8.30 + which I guess is OK.

Salt and pepper squid was good, chilli prawns were good, brisket was OK but not the texture it could be, lamb spring rolls have an interesting flavour but not everybody's taste, hero of the evening was the ma po tofu closely followed by the pork belly. The strawberries had been given a good rap but they were well, just strawberries and plain vanilla ice cream

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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paris
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Exquisite Chinese Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Such a lovely place • The waiters are fantastic. The service is excellent. They provide you really good advice concerning meals and specials. At the end they suggested us a tasting menu which was fantastic. Lovely wine list. The team is attentive but not intrusive. Book in advance!

Next time I will be in Melbourne I will come back!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bundaberg Aust
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Forget china town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

My son and I recently visited this restaurant and not for the first time. I must say the ambience at the restaurant adds to the enjoyment. We had a variety of dishes including king george whiting, wonderful saltbush lamb spring rolls and an outstanding dish of pulled duck legs in a plum sauce The service is excellent and attentive, wine list well balanced and reasonably priced, well worth the trip to St Kilda

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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