Low Key Chow House is situated on the main Oxford Street strip in Leederville, and is a sister restaurant of Mount Lawley’s Dainty Dowager. The menu is designed for sharing, a mixture of small, medium and large plates.
We had an early booking, which means that we had the table for 2 hours, the downside of table time limits is that the staff tend to rush your order through.
We were seated, offered water, and chose a nice drop of Eden Valley Riesling while we perused the menu.
We were given a small bowl of peanuts and candied anchovies to start – the anchovies were really good – quite unusual – sweet and salty.
For our small plates we chose the spring rolls with sweet potato noodles, and the house dumplings – chicken and vegetable.
The spring rolls were very generous and tasted good with a lovely tamarind dipping sauce.
The dumplings were fried with a soy dip, nice but they needed the dip to season them.
Our mains included soft shell crab in singapore chilli sauce with okra. This was a lovely dish, with a nice sauce, quite spicy too.
We also chose the beef shortribs with pear and apple marinade, kimchi and sesame sprouts. The kimchi was very spicy, but very very tasty, and the sauce with the ribs was also quite hot, but we enjoyed it. The ribs were well cooked, good quality and very flavoursome – it was quite a generous dish.
We also chose some plain noodles with ginger and spring onion.
It was a good meal with a tempting menu, the staff were friendly, and it’s definitely a popular spot with the locals, however, we did feel that the meal was a bit rushed, and also quite expensive. I will probably go back at some point to try some of the other dishes, maybe not on a Saturday night.