The Table Lamp delights with modern Asian fusion cuisine in ornate surrounds.
The dining room seeks to transport diners to Asia with Balinese art and beautiful birdcages.
We commenced our evening with a couple of outstanding cocktails. The “Horse” was a skilful composition of Apple, Hennessy Cognac, Carton Apple liqueur and Earl Grey Tea.
The “Dragon” was similarly enjoyable. Served in a traditional tokkuri with Bacardi Superior Rum, Sake, Lychee Juice, Lychee, Paraiso Lychee liqueur and Vodka, the flavours were light, bright and clean. We loved how the cocktails had beautifully balanced flavour combinations and drew from both Western and Eastern influences.
Basil corn fritters with tamarind jam
With their crunchy golden brown exterior, these corn nuggets of deep fried batter and succulently sweet corn kernels were delightful.
Five spice wagyu beef with crispy vegetables and lemon sauce
A dish which highlights the robust beefiness of the Wagyu. We enjoyed the melt-in-the-mouth texture of each sliced which has been perfectly cooked.
Hat Yai Crispy chicken with grilled 3 chilli medley laces with ground rice and fish sauce
The meaty morsels of chicken were crusted with a flavoursome spice mix and then perfectly fried to achieve a moreishly crunchy exterior and were highly addictive.
Twice cooked pork belly with volcano curry
Harmonising a perfect balance of spices and sweetness, the accompanying volcano curry was delicious with the crisp pork belly pieces. A very fresh and fragrant green apple salad provided a refreshing element to counterbalance the relatively rich pork belly.
Steamed barramundi fillet with Chinese soy, rice wine and ginger
An absolute highlight of our visit, the barramundi featured tried and true flavour combinations of soy, rice wine and ginger. The quality of the barramundi was exemplary and perfectly cooked resulting in a very delicate and moist piece of fish. A wonderfully simple dish that allowed the natural subtle sweetness of the fish to be enjoyed.
Soft shell crab with with two types of peppercorns
We loved The Table Lamp’s enticing soft shell crab. The deep fried crustacean pieces were coated in a semi-thick crisp batter that encapsulated firm, sweet flesh. With a touch of fried garlic and 3 different kinds of pepper, this dish was simply superb.
Banana in a parcel - banana wrapped in coconut infused sticky rice and a banana leaf, served with coconut ice cream
Our evening at The Table Lamp ended on a decadently sweet note with their “Banana in a parcel”. The morsels of glutinous rice were pleasantly chewy without being too sticky and harmonised perfectly with the gooey banana and creamy coconut ice cream.
With surrounds conducive for enjoying a few rounds of their delectable cocktails, The Table Lamp surprises with exquisite food best enjoyed when shared with others.
Location: Level 1, 280 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne