Almost a month ago I was invited to sample the menu at a new restaurant in Claremont Quarter, Miss Chow’s, which promises a fresh perspective on Chinese food through both small meals and larger dishes designed for sharing. They offer a unique menu that makes the most of quality, local produce – not to mention juicy buns…

The kitchen at Miss Chow’s is lead by Andrew Moore, the former head chef of the renowned Apple Daily Bar & Eating House in Print Hall, so there were high expectations across the three tables of hungry bloggers! We certainly weren’t hungry by the end of the evening, as the food just kept on coming…

Our first “snack” course was a bowl of edamame (blanched baby soy bean) ($5). Hmm. While not exactly unpleasant, I can’t see any circumstance where I’d actually want to order and pay for these in place of something…else. Must be my dodgy Western palate talking.

Ah, now this is much more like it – my favourite dish of the night, Miss Chow’s spicy fried chicken ($12). I could eat this all day long, especially with that extra chilli just waiting to climb onto your fork. Moist and spicy. Fantastic.

As well as an extensive wine list, Miss Chow’s offers an Asian twist on the cocktail menu – this Chinaman’s Mokito ($14) included rum, lime, lemon, mint and a “hint” of chilli. I wasn’t drinking on the night, but feedback was that the chilli wasn’t very prominent.

Next was the dumpling course, including both vegetarian (4 for $6) and prawn (4 for $8).

Warning: the dumplings were extremely hot from the steamer, and I made the mistake of putting a whole one in my mouth. Ouch.

Onto mains, which are designed for sharing (or not, especially in the case of the next dish). This was the “Buddha’s Delight” ($26) of shitake mushrooms, lotus root & fried bean curd stick.

This dish was almost universally adored around the table – caramelised spare ribs with fresh pineapple ($24). I don’t need to tell you how gloriously moist and sticky these were…

Teochew fried rice with olive leaf, egg & spring onion ($13).

I’m not normally a fan of Asian or Indian desserts, but this time around I’ll make an exception – the aiyu jelly with sugar cane, lemon juice and grapefruit ($8) was so light, delicate and refreshing – a great end to the meal!

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A sense of humour is definitely evident at Miss Chow’s, and that’s a good thing!

Miss Chow’s isn’t the kind of restaurant I would normally visit, mainly because I’m not very adventurous when it comes to Asian cuisine – after my experience tonight, I’m determined to try harder. The spicy chicken and the ribs were two of the tastiest dishes I’ve had in a long time.

The option to tailor the size of your meal and combine it with a cocktail – or even French Champagne – in a comfortable, classy setting is sure to be a winning combination. Open for lunch and dinner, Miss Chow’s is definitely worth a visit.