Hands down this is my favourite restaurant of 2011, it is what eating out should be: fun and kooky. Opened late last year, Ms G’s is cleverly named after the flavour enhancer, monosodium glutamate. As soon as you walk in there is a gleaming neon sign of the number 621 which is the food additive number. But you won’t find any artificial enhancements here, instead you a transported to a funky, modern version of South East Asian food court with Dan Hong and Jowett Yu’s take on some classic Asian street food.
I’ve been here a few times and each time it never ceases to amaze me. The place is constantly teeming with people and with a no reservation policy, people wait in the bar upstairs and order cute cocktails in bubble tea cups.
The menu is divided into starters, raw, share plates and large. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
I am a sucker for oysters. Sydney rock is not my oyster of choice only because I usually don’t have much luck in having fresh ones. These still had the brine in them and they resembled more like Pacific.
Arrived laden with delicate, shaven strands of parmesan cheese, the grilled corn looked like snowflakes had fallen on it. Grilled corn sounds simple but the combination of parmesan and lime enhances the sweetness of the corn.
Prawn toast brings me back memories of my childhood. Growing up, my parents owned a local Chinese restaurant, the ones where they would have red table cloth and your napkin was folded into a swan, placed in the wine glass or as a crown and placed in the bowl. They would mainly cater to Westerners and serve up dishes like sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, honey prawns, spring rolls, fried rice and of course prawn toast. When I had birthday parties, I never had fairy bread or sausage rolls served up, I had trays of spring rolls and prawn toast. I was so ashamed when I was little as I desperately wanted to eat normal “white” food instead of Asian food.
The prawn toast is served with yuzu aioli and plenty coriander and Thai basil. I would call this the grown up version of prawn toast with sourdough replacing regular white bread and the sesame crusted around the whole toast, rather than just on top of the prawn paste.
I can’t get enough of this dish. I order this every single time I come. Seasoned with crispy lemongrass and a hint of Thai basil, it provides a textural contrast to the soft, cubed raw meat. The egg binds all together and I spoon big servings onto the prawn crackers and immediately a crackle,pop sound is heard.
The next dish is like a mish mash of Japanese Chawanmushi and a Chinese dish of steamed tofu and egg topped with seafood. The dashi custard was smooth and silky and as I scooped up the crab meat, I could not get enough of the sweet vegetable broth. Mr Dough and I fought over this last dish and I broke my rule of not eating rice at dinner and poured the rest of the broth on to the rice.
I would bring lots of friends to Ms G’s as you can order everything off the menu and take your taste buds on an around the world trip to Asia. Word of warning, you tend to forget the bubble tea cocktails are not really bubble tea and have alcohol in them.
155 Victoria Street
Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 11pm
Fri: 12pm – 3pm/5pm – 11pm
Sat: 5pm – 11pm
Sun: 1pm – 10pm