Lokkee, located at Plaza Singapura, is TungLok Group’s latest concept restaurant which aims to celebrate the style of cuisine commonly found in restaurants of Chinatowns in Western cities. Why would we want to try a restaurant in Singapore serving Westernised Chinese take-outs like chop suey and egg foo yong? Well, as you may have realised, we are rather shallow people and easily taken in by good looks. We have seen so many visually appealing images of Lokkee restaurant and its interesting food presentation – flaming pineapples and all. We just have to check it out.
Lokkee is photogenic – meaning we think the restaurant looks better in photos than it does in real life. Nevertheless, Lokkee’s decor is still quite becoming. There is a modernist touch to a distinctly Chinese style. The space is well lit and comfortable. It is elegant but there are elements of casual wit and mischievousness.
The menu is quite interesting. There is of course the Awesome Flaming Pineapple Beef. Chow Mein and Chop Suey are on the menu but we cannot find Egg Foo Yong. There are a few Singaporean items like Chilli Crab Cakes, Singapore Slaw and XO Sauce Crab Meat Fried Rice.
We selected the Orange Chicken ($16) with plain steamed rice ($1.50 per bowl) and the Pork Cracklins Bao ($13 for a pair). A pot of Chinese tea for 2 was $4. We were tempted to order the Flaming Pineapple which seemed to be on every table. The manager kindly advised us that what we had ordered should be sufficient for the two of us.
The serving portion of the Orange Chicken was really quite generous. Deep-fried chunks of battered boneless chicken were coated in a sweet, savoury and tangy soy sauce orange glaze. The outer layer was crispy and the chicken was moist and tender. The glaze had a zesty complex flavour. It was sweet but not overly so. The Orange chicken goes very well with plain steamed rice. It can be also very enjoyable on its own – like good chicken nugget dipped in a delicious sauce.
The pair of Pork Cracklins Bao were nicely plated. Roast pork was served wrapped in steamed buns, kong bak bao style. The fermented beancurd sauce tasted like the sauce for Peking duck. The pork was tender and the layer of pork skin was really crunchy. Very tasty and enjoyable.
We were grateful for the advice not to order more dishes. We could hardly finish what we have ordered and had no room for desserts. We would definitely like to return to try other items on their menu.
Witty and playful touches helped to make the dining experience at Lokkee an interesting one. At the end of the meal, the hidden messages in the complimentary fortune cookies did not pretend to tell your fortune or to give sage advice – instead it would appear that random quotes from US TV series were used. Our simple lunch at Lokkee (which we found out was to be pronounced “Lucky”) was enjoyable. The place was comfortable and reasonably good looking and the standard of Lokkee’s food was better than what we had expected..
Speaking of good looks and lucky, we cannot miss this chance to share a song from one of our favourite good looking singers.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPS
Plaza Singapura, #03-01
68 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6884 4566
11.00am – 3.00pm
5.30pm – 10.00pm
Nearby Stations : Dhoby Ghaut