Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Wine Bar
Location: West Perth – Mounts Bay Road
After lots of dining out using Dimmi’s booking service and taking advantage of those 50% deals, I better start using up the free meals due to me so I’ve chosen Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant and Bar. With Dimmi, if you book (for 2 or more people) and leave a review at 4 restaurants you earn 8000 points, which entitles you to a free meal. There’s a list of restaurants to choose from which gets you a $50 voucher added to your booking. Sounds good, may as well reap the rewards.
Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant and Bar is located on Mounts Bay Road, just near Jacobs Ladder as you enter the city. It’s located within the Adelphi Hotel Apartments as space is a little cramped with the hospital, apartments, and the hill directly behind it with arterial roads passing through. There is limited on street parking or metered parking at the Mounts Hospital after 6pm. They also offer takeaway. The restaurant specialises in Cantonese cuisine prepared by chefs from Hong Kong. They have a dine in menu but also offer banquets and special banquets for the Chinese New Year. Seafood is a prime ingredient and as they source it fresh, as a result, a portion of the menu is priced at market.
Entering the restaurant you are welcomed to a lovely interior which is very deceptive in terms of seating. There are all kinds of areas which keep appearing housing tables here and there. They also have alcoves for that romantic dinner for two and probably a few other private seating areas. The service is efficient and professional and the ambience and atmosphere is pleasant. Seated in comfy chairs at tablecloth lined tables with cloth napkins, low ceiling, and nice lighting, you would be more than happy to sit down and enjoy a meal here.
After arriving early, the restaurant filled up in no time. It may be unnoticeable from the street, but there’s enough people about who know about this ‘secret’ restaurant. After having a look through the menu where there’s plenty to choose from, we settled on a couple of entrees, mains, and of course dessert.
Entree: Diced Duck in Lettuce, aka San Choy Bow $5.80 ea
Lovely stir fry of finely chopped vegetables with tender diced duck served in a large iceberg lettuce leaf. I just picked it up, rolled it and ate it. The presence of the blandish lettuce detracts from the flavour of the filling. We were provided some hoisin sauce and this really adds to the flavour of the filling. Pretty tasty if you don’t eat too much of the lettuce and get lots of the hoisin sauce.
Entree: Soft Shell Crab $18
I love soft shell crab and when a plate is served with a light golden brown batter encasing tender pieces of crab coated in salt and pepper with bits of garlic and chilli, it goes down an absolute treat. The version here didn’t disappoint.
Main: Deep-Fried Tooth-Fish Tossed with Chilli Pepper and Salt $36.80
Oh, how delicious is this dish? The super tender fish just melts in your mouth but the lightly coated golden brown batter with the chilli pepper and salt adds so much flavour. You could easily just order a plate for yourself and slowly savour each cube of delicious fish.
Main: Stir Fried Chicken Fillet with Szechuan Sauce $20.80
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Szechuan sauce but it was full of flavour and really delicious. Plenty of tender pieces of chicken immersed in the delicious Szechuan sauce. I love the crunchy peanuts too. From experience, avoid those dark red dried chillies – they’re dynamite!
Main: Pork Belly Served with Pastry Buns $22.80
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten pork belly or any meat for that matter which was this tender. Unbelievable! The pork belly was cooked in a black bean sauce adding that salty kick to the dish but not too salty. It was pretty good and not too strong in terms of black bean, but I would have liked a different flavour combination for the pork belly, maybe five spice. The dish was served with 6 steamed buns which were nice to eat on their own or to sop up the sauce. They were yum.
Main: Fried Rice with Minced Beef in XO Sauce $14.80
I really appreciate a good fried rice and this version was delicious. Soft loose grains with lots of tiny pieces of tender beef in the XO sauce. Just a tad amount of oil to keep the dish moist. Very tasty.
Dessert: Deep-Fried Pancake with Red Bean Paste Served with Vanilla Ice Cream $11
I love this dessert so I was most pleased to see it on the menu. The pancake was crisp, well cooked and not flourey. But the red bean paste was missing something and as a result, I didn’t enjoy the dish as much. I was so full and with the large serve provided, I couldn’t finish it all.
Dessert: Deep-Fried Jackfruit and Banana Roll Served with Vanilla Ice Cream $8
I didn’t try this one but it looked really good.
Dessert: Ice Cream Sundae $8
I did have a small taste of this. Quite an impressive dessert to what I was expecting – 3 large scoops of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice creams with some chocolate sauce, crushed peanuts, and a chocolate wafer. The ice cream was refreshing.
Canton Bay Food Review Summary
Verdict: I think most people would have driven past and not realised Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant lies secluded from the main road. Walking inside you will be greeted by the pleasant decor, low ceilings, and neatly laid out tables where you will be provided efficient and professional service. There’s plenty to choose from on the menu and fresh seafood is a major feature with several dishes at market price. For entrees, the diced duck in lettuce was tasty with hoisin sauce but the bland lettuce detracts from the flavour of the filling. The soft shell crab was delicious, a light golden brown batter encasing crab. For mains, I really loved the melt in your mouth tooth-fish tossed in chilli pepper and salt. I also liked the chicken fillets in a delicious Szechuan sauce with crunchy peanuts. The super tender pork belly in black bean sauce was tasty but I would have preferred a different flavour combination. The fried riced with minced beef in XO sauce was moist, flavoursome and moorish. For dessert, while the pancake was perfectly cooked, the red bean filling lacked something which didn’t make the dish as enjoyable. The food is pretty solid without being spectacular though the fish and chicken dishes were standouts. It’s a bit pricey but if you’re lucky to snag an offer, or you want a business meeting or a romantic dinner, this place will fit the bill. You could also get some takeaway after you’ve completed Jacob’s Ladder.
Price: Moderately Expensive
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