23 OLIVER LANE, MELBOURNE 9639 5777 LUCYLIUS.COM.AU Lucy Liu loiters in a bluestone alley, her name in red neon.
From outside, this eating and drinking house has a nightclub vibe. But inside, Lucy’s come-on is brilliant pan-asian fare with a cracking drinks list.
Kingfish sashimi with toasted coconut and lime is glorious, as is the soft-shell pancake roll, amped up with spicy hoi sin sauce.
The Korean-style crispy pork hock is Lucy’s signature dish for good reason. You can hear the snap as you drive a knife through it, revealing pale porky meat inside ready for wrapping in pancakes.
Pricey? Nah. Flexible? You bet. ■ Must-eat dish Koreanstyle crispy pork hock ■ Cuisine Modern Asian ■ Chefs Michael Lambie & Zac Cribbes ■ Price $$ ■ Bookings Yes ■ Open Lunch & dinner daily ■ Instagram @lucyliu_melbourne