Ok, I know people will think this is a shill -- its not. Went to Double Crown last night (our first time), and they were having a Sunday night deal where you get their 'Nonya' menu for $35. We weren't too hungry, so we thought, sure lets just do that. Its basically a tasting menu, but we were thinking for $35 it would be an abbreviated version -- not so! It was a ridiculous amount of food for $35. I really can't think of a place where I've had a better deal recently. They do get you with those pricey cocktails, but if you can manage to limit yourself there, Sunday nights are a steal.
We had* (*from memory, so apologies if I omit something):
Bread basket -- irish soda bread with raisins and fennel, and a more savory roll that I forgot, but both were good, and came with a spiced butter
Yellowtail sashimi -- this was really good
Green bean (maybe haricots) & wakame salad -- this would have been good but really needed some salt
Prawns & fried prawn heads with a shrimp cocktail like sauce made of maybe sriracha and curry? -- these were really good, especially the fried heads
Laksa -- this was good, but not as good as what I've had at other malaysian places. It was really delicately flavored (needed more depth/salt/heat to me), but I did like the presentation (you pour the soup yourself from a teapot).
Dumplings -- I forget what was in these, they would have been good, but were cold by the time we got to them (service was poorly timed). They came in a shallow soup of some sort.
Crispy fried chicken in a sweet & spicy sauce -- actually, looking at the menu, maybe it was the Crispy Drunken Quail? This was good, it did actually have some heat and the sweet/hot balance was pretty good
Monkfish -- This was great. A somewhat indian preparation, but not curry, with potatoes in a garam massala and some (fried?) brussels sprouts on the side. The sides were fantastic -- some of the better brussels spouts I've had lately, and we loved the potatoes. Unfortunately, we were so stuffed by the time we got to this course, we couldn't finish it. There was a long lag between the quail/chicken and this course, so we thought we were finished, but the food just kept coming.
Earl grey bread pudding with maple ice cream -- this was ok, the maple overpowered the earl grey, but I did like the maple ice cream. I'm not a huge dessert person anyway though.
Apple cider doughnuts -- these were meh -- chewy, but not in a Doughnut Plant toothsome way, more in a 'gee why am i still chewing on this' way.
So how many courses was that -- 9? Crazy. And most of it was really good. And I maybe even forgot some of it. I would really recommend this for a group as well -- there was a table near us doing just that and looked like they had a ball. The place was not completely full either so you could try just walking right in like we did. The only things I can pick on were the lags in service (long waits between a couple of the courses; other courses that came at the same time), and in certain cases the underseasoning, but I would definitely go back. $35!!