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Published November 21st 2012
A modern interpretation of oriental flavours
WeekendNote readers with a penchant taste for South East Asia flavours will be glad to know that Red Spice Road has opened up a second sister branch in central CBD. Following up on the original restaurant establishment along McKillop Road, this new venue inside QV or Queen Victoria Village replicates the same level of elegance with respect to interior design and presents similar menu offerings. The QV branch appears to accommodate more patrons.
My dining partner and I opted for the Express Banquet menu option of an appetiser and 3 shared mains with steamed rice for $25 per person. This option is available Monday to Fridays during lunch from 12-3pm or from 5-7pm. For evening dining, Express Banquet tables must be ordered before 6pm and vacate by 7pm.
Appetiser: Betel Leaf with Chicken, Smoked Eggplant, Chilli and Coriander
The pork belly is a must order for pork lovers. The combination of flavours and textures is drool worthy. The beef brisket in the curry was so tender that the meat fell apart upon picking it up. Having savoury pieces of watermelon in the barramundi dish was unusual and had some time getting used to.
Shared mains: Pork Belly with Chilli Caramel, Black Vinegar and Apple Slaw
Service: I found the service was less attentive here at QV compared to the McKillop branch. Waiters and waitresses had to be flagged down by us; rather they should be approaching our table out of their own free will. I think this was due to the larger layout of the floor or not having enough floor staff rostered. Prepare to be patient as this new establishment learns the hospitality ropes.
At the time of publication, this restaurant had been opened for 2 weeks. They conveniently accept online bookings and confirmation is instant. Their Qantas Frequent Flyers system was not available at the time of dining. Entertainment card holders are entitled to another 25% off the bill.