Lau’s Family Kitchen
Born in 2006, Lau’s Family Kitchen is Cantonese food done Gilbert Lau-style. A family affair, as the name suggests, Lau’s is a popular bayside restaurant situated on prime real estate at St Kilda’s Prince of Wales. The menu may have fewer options than Flower Drum (the iconic Cantonese city diner Lau opened in 1975), but the flavours are close to being on par.
There are dishes like the steamed Patagonian toothfish, and inventive variations on staples such as salt and pepper calamari and spring rolls. Sweet vinegar pork loin, wild barramundi, wonton soup and sautéed eye-fillets all arrive with a cultured sheen – delicately arranged and aesthetically pleasing.
In the summer months you can sip a white wine and enjoy an entree of oysters, taro and eggplant or Chinese broccoli on the terrace, as you await your crispy-skinned poussin or Western Plains roasted pork belly to arrive from the humming kitchen. Due to the rising status of the place, it’s almost impossible to simply walk in off the street, so booking is recommended.