Located in Adelaide’s cultural food hub, Mrs Q is a modern Asian kitchen and bar, and a place that will get tongues wagging in the coming months, particularly with the recruitment of star chef Nu Suandokmai. Foodies will know Nu is a brilliant chef and success follows him wherever he goes. The menu will be a display of bold, colourful and yet refined flavours, and reflection of Nu’s time in Bangkok. Adelaide Food Central, along with other guests, were invited to sample some of the new menu.
The Coffee Duck is a unique dish which has thin shreds of duck meat wrapped around fish cake. The duck was soft and delicate, while the fish cake had a more chewy texture. The sauce did a good job of harmonising the proteins and vegetables, although you only noticed subtle hints of coffee when you had the sauce by itself.
The Veal and Pork Betel Leaf gave you a massive flavour hit with every bite. Once again, the ground up texture of the meats made it similar to a fish cake. The fried betel leaf made the dish a bit chewier than we would have liked.
One of our favourite dishes was the Sweet Corn Chicken Balls. The chicken was well flavoured, and once again had the texture of fish cake with the exception of the corn kernels. As other guests were mentioning, we could have easily eaten a bucket of these.
The Vegetarian Dumplings were steamed and wrapped in a firm but delicate dumpling skin. The vegetables inside were soft and delicate, but a little bland for our liking. When the vinegar based dipping sauce was added, the dumplings were overpowered by sourness.
First of the mains were the Banana Heart Curry Pork. Essentially this was a red pork curry with great flavours and an exciting kick at the end. The pork was thinly sliced and the curry flavours were well infused into the meat. The sauce had a lovely thick consistency, and it was the fresh chilli slices that was adding to the heat. With close inspection we could see the banana hearts, but for us, it didn’t add much taste.
The Crispy Barramundi Fillet in Sambal was pretty much what we expected. The fillets of fish were sliced up and fried in well seasoned, crispy coating. Some morsels of fish were juicy and succulent, while others were crispy and dry. Each to their own as to how you like it but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the dish.
Another favourite on the table was the BBQ Chicken. The chicken was juicy and succulent with lovely smokey flavours. A bit of crispy skin on the chicken wouldn’t have gone astray but we weren’t complaining.
To accompany the mains or to have on their own was the classic Papaya Salad. Thin strands of papaya were soaked in a Thai dressing that was sweet, spicy and tangy. Bits of raw garlic made the salad nice and pungent, while the whole cashews added a nice crunchy texture.
As we always say, no meal is complete without dessert. Tonight, we had the Sticky Rice with mango which was beautiful in presentation. The sticky rice was firm and chewy and worked perfectly with the sweetness of the mango and coconut ice cream. It was a great way to end the meal.
If history is anything to go by, the recruitment of Nu will see Mrs Q flourish with success. Nu’s talent in combining Thai with Chinese, Vietnamese and Indonesian tones will see customers experiencing something truly different. Based on the food that we had tonight, we can already see the positive changes Nu has on the business, and it will only get better. These are exciting times for Mrs Q, so make sure you check them out!
WHERE: 128 Gouger St, Adelaide