ha! where did you get these pics from? That’s my wife in the background on the first pic.
When I saw the menu at the restaurant, I noticed that it wasn’t the same menu as what was posted online. You can see in the pic below compared to the menu that was posted earlier in this thread that many things are missing or the quantities got shrunk. Most notably the kiwa oysters being removed and the number of spot prawns getting reduced.
That was disappointing but I took it in stride and still wanted to enjoy my meal. We went with tier 2 and when the tower came out, I noticed that a lot of items were missing (no gamba shrimps, only one langoustine, etc). I asked them what the deal was and they said that they ran out of those items and substituted half a lobster instead. Couple issues with this. If you’re out of certain items, maybe let the customer know in advance instead of just taking the liberty to swap it out with something else. Secondly, if you’re going to swap, make it a somewhat even trade. They left out ~$60 in food and substituted a half lobster which was $18. Hardly fair. So Chef LQ came out, apologized, saying how demand was higher than he expected and for us to just enjoy dinner and he’ll make it right.
Dinner wasn’t off to a good start but we tried to enjoy the food anyways. In terns of the actual food…I wanted to like this meal more than I actually did. Something about just eating cold shellfish as your entire meal is somewhat unsatisfying. After a while, I wanted something warm to eat. The oysters were great although they weren’t completely shucked, meaning the oyster was still stuck to the shell. Made eating a bit more difficult. The live uni was terrible. The dungenness crab was awesome and very meaty. Lobster seemed a bit overcooked as it was rubbery. The bouquet shrimp was good but i was really disappointed about the lack of gambas.
The chef comped us his cheese cart which was nice. If you’ve never had LQ’s famous cheese cart, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Cheese was delicious as expected. Had some interesting condiments for the cheese as well.
When all was said and done, he charged us $70 instead of $110 for the seafood tower and comped us $20 worth of cheese and a glass of wine. I thought it was more than fair.
Would I go back and do this again? Probably not although I do like his food so I’ll be visiting his other pop ups in the future.