1st Floor, 115 Longueville Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066
Messy finger-licking crab time
I have a love/hate relationship with crab. I love the sweet tasty meat but hate how it's such hard and messy work to separate the meat from the shell. Kuali promotes their curry crab as it's signature dish [why are the signature dishes usually the most expensive item :-)] so I had to try it because I'm always looking for the best crab in Sydney although when it comes to paying over $70/kg for seafood I'd prefer to be able to actually first see and pick my own live crab out of a tank like at Golden Century and know how much it weighs — all this is done behind-the-scenes in the Kuali kitchen so I'm actually not even sure if it's even a live crab (there's no mention of 'live' on the menu) — I know, I'm such a skeptic. The curry sauce is very tasty which goes well with some roti chanai and the meat is quite nice although I found a lot of the meat wanting to stick to the shell like in the claw which made it extra hard to get to.
The reason for checking out Kuali was due to reading about the satay from One More Bite and using a complimentary voucher which runs til 30 Nov 2009. The chicken satay was tasty and a decent size — came with cucumber and onion although still no sign of authentic compressed rice cubes. The vegetable spring rolls looked promising but were a non eventful for me and I found them rather bland and a touch dry. The Honey Pepper Beef Fillet was quite tasty and tender and the Lamb Hot Pot I think was just another name for Mongolian Lamb. The Durian Ice Cream Pancake had shavings of frozen fresh durian and the chef wanted us to try his Durian Panna Cotta which would definitely appease the durian lovers out there. Now what's the story with handles on tea cups instead of Asian tea cups like Bambusia also uses — I'm thinking is this to cater to the Western/Anglo market? — not authentic in my books and the handle was too small to put your fingers in it anyway. Also needed to ask for chopsticks, at first we thought they just didn't use them.
Kajang satay chicken $11 for 5
Queensland Mud Crab (signature dish) with Poh's curry sauce $74 (I think) per kg
Messy hands factor
Penang Char Kuey Teow $15
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