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Northbridge Chinese - 3 Jun 2012

Cuisine: Chinese, yum cha/dim sim
Location: Northbridge, Roe St

I hadn’t eaten yum cha for some time so I thought a visit to Northbridge Chinese would do the trick. I’d last visited in July 2011 amid a spate of various yum cha restaurants. Yum cha is a morning or afternoon tea drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum dishes. In Northbridge, where there are several yum cha restaurants, it is served around the hours 11am – 2pm. When we got there well before 12pm, there were already queues so we grabbed a ticket and waited. Parking is nearby but I notice Wilson’s open air car park has raised the rates to some ridiculous prices with $5 buying just half an hour and credit cards incurring a 2%surcharge. Make sure you bring plenty of coins or if you’re lucky to grab one of the City of Perth parking bays at just $3.10/hr, count yourself lucky.

Eventually, our number got called out and it is so packed so we had to share a largish table with another couple but it beats waiting in the queue. When the first trolley came around, I grabbed a heap of dishes, nearly all possibly, but quite a few to get us going and we were feeling pretty hungry by now. As other trolleys came around, I saw what they had and grabbed some more dishes. Those small dishes of delights start to pile up fast and are oh so delicious. I’m not sure what all the dishes are called, but here is some of what we ordered:

  • Soft Shell Crab
  • BBQ Roast Duck
  • Prawn in Rice Flour Pancakes
  • Steamed Prawn Dumplings
  • Steamed Scallop Dumplings
  • Prawn Seaweed Rolls
  • Chicken Feet In Spicy Blackbean Sauce
  • Steamed Pork Dumplings
  • Salt & Pepper Squid
  • Steamed Pork Dumplings
  • Deep Fried Prawns with Mayonnaise
  • Mango Pudding
  • Lotus Rolls Stuffed With Custard
  • Sago

During our meal, there were heaps of dishes we missed out on. I guess we will have to come by again to try some more! I enjoyed the free Chinese tea that they also provide which helps the food go down and service was excellent once again. There are deep fried dishes but a good balance of steamed dishes too and there’s heaps of variety to tantalise your taste-buds.

Northbridge Chinese Food Review Summary

Verdict: I once again thoroughly enjoyed my lunch, as did my family, trying some new dishes as well as some favourites. I particularly enjoyed the steamed seafood dishes; soft shell crab; chicken feet; and the roast duck although there’s not a huge amount of flesh but then that’s duck for you. The salt and pepper squid which was tender, wasn’t as good as Dragon Palace‘s version, but still tasty. We ate heaps and were full and yet the bill just tipped $100. Fantastic value. Credit cards attract a 2% surcharge.
Price: Bargain
Taste: Delicious
Value: Excellent
Recommendation: Highly Recommend

Northbridge Chinese Restaurant Details

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Northbridge Chinese - 3 Jun 2012, reviewed by Shaun on 2012-06-03T18:43:45+00:00 rating 4.8 out of 5
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