The Press - Zest - - Reviews - KATE FRASER

if there is any­thing we do not like to eat. We were in a mood to try the new and promised to eat ev­ery rec­om­men­da­tion. So, first up, steamed dumplings to whet our ap­petites fol­lowed by ‘‘tasty siew­mai’’. The fill­ings were sim­i­lar in that the flavours of gin­ger, le­mon and soy were ap­par­ent, but the siew­mai was crispy good, the dumplings a touch on the gluey side.

Then, an ar­ray of dishes – nicely timed so that all ar­rived steam­ing hot (for­tu­nately, the serv­ing plates were cold as stones), in­clud­ing crispy mashed tofu balls with veg­eta­bles in black bean sauce, a hot­plated ve­gan spe­cial of sam­bal le­mon and egg­plant with tofu, and a very mild curry of veg­eta­bles, tofu and mush­room balls.

Of the stir-fry greens with ‘‘soy ham’’ I say why bother? When the veg­e­tar­ian/ve­gan se­lec­tions are so tasty why eat tex­tured tvp ham? But we were an un­bi­ased ta­ble so tried it. And did not like it.

Larger ap­petites than ours were needed if we were to ven­ture into the soup se­lec­tions, but the next ta­ble urged us to re­turn for lo­tus seed and red-date soup and the clay­pot co­conut rice. I will be­cause I need to try the crispy fried bananas.

And be­fore you ask – yes, it does have a byo li­cence.

No time to dilly-dally: Un­der­ground’s cafe seat­ing is de­signed for speedy eats.

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