Service: Pass (plusses for an off menu moscato d'asti)
Score: Old dishes 8/10
New dishes - technique: 8/10, taste/excitement 4/10, average: 6/10
We ate a mix of old and new. Those of us eating the new were a little mixed, some dishes nice others a bit of a waste of effort given the results. Crab congee, nice but did taste like congee (which, without the crab, is cheap as chips to make). Chicken and scallops and pork cheek and scallops were nice. Jowl was an oldie but tasty (AH thought the Korean green rice tasted better even if a bit hard), the chicken looked like it had a lot of effort put into it but tasted like chicken and cheese. Desserts? None of the new desserts were that impressive. They updated the eight texture chocolate cake but the old one was better, the other two were unspectacular.
Meanwhile our dining accomplice on their first ever visit eating the "classic" dishes (beef and snow egg) was having an existential crisis in the corner (caused by the food, in a good way).
Overall tasty but bordering on run of the mill. ZL thinks Quay runs the risk of going the way of Tetsuyas and living on past glory. AH thinks it's already there.
Antiblog (AH): there's no question that Quay's dishes are well cooked, presented and thought out. It favours those whom enjoy subtle flavours but if you've been there, done that, Quay can be rather boring. It's the vanilla of restaurants: subtle, classic, boring but, some people like that.