When we learnt that Lee Ho Fook was moving to the CBD we wanted to give it a go and we loved the typical Melbourne laneway it was situated in - Duckboard Place. Graffiti, brickwork, neon lights - so magnificently Melbourne.
The dining area is upstairs and it's pleasant to sit in with wooden beamed rafters and a buzzy vibe that also manages to be calming unlike the frantic nature of Chin Chin or the close confinement of Lucy Liu.
There's so much on the menu that is delicious - it's hard to choose but we manage to narrow down our choices.
- Xin Jiang style lamb shoulder stir fry with fragrant chillis and Uighur bread with sumac
Chunks of braised lamb shoulder is spiked with some intense chilli heat and stir fried leeks onion and capsicum adding that aromatic fragrance, flavour and crunch to the heat. The flatbread seasoned with spice adds another layer of intensity and a little part of me would have enjoyed some plain pillowy bread. It's a powerful way to end this meal and certainly memorable.
We really enjoyed Lee Ho Fook. The quality of the food is just like it was at Smith Street but I thought the service was friendlier here and I loved the Melbourne environment of the location and the high ceilings of the dining room. I'm looking forward to trying the other dishes; the barramundi looked great and to revisit the old favourites.