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Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant - 16 Nov 2014

Szechwan Zen Chinese - Crispy & Spicy Pork Hock

With so many restaurants in Northbridge, it’s easy to miss this one which is slightly secluded in a enclave of shops and other restaurants, set back from William Street. Stepping in you will be greeted by the friendly staff and sit down to a table in an interior with plenty of open space. The Chinese food is Szechuan which means dishes are spicy – carrying chilli. While the menu does offer some of the usual dishes gracing the typical Chinese menu, there’s plenty of other dishes I haven’t seen before. I really loved the entree of golden fried garlic spare ribs which contained a fair amount of tender meat full of flavour. The crumbed prawns were fantastic, lots of prawns in a lightly coated crumb, a blob of mayo and crispy noodles to contrast against the soft prawn flesh. This was further topped by the highlight, a massive highlight, the crispy and spicy pork hock. This is a dish to rave about. It’s absolutely brilliant and once you sink your teeth into the fall off the bone flesh, the crispy, crunchy, salty, spicy skin, you will be blown away. A must order dish, it’s enjoyed with a delicious serving of fried rice. For dessert, the steamed and deep fried mini buns can be enjoyed with many, dipping them into the sweet custard. A different dessert than one expects but a delicious finish to a flavour packed meal. I’m impressed and look forward to trying some other dishes. . . . → Read More: Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant – 16 Nov 2014

Noodle Forum - 5 Nov 2014

Noodle Forum - Crispy Chicken Fillet Noodle with Satay Sauce

Noodle Forum specialise in making noodles by hand on a daily basis and then incorporating the noodles into a variety of dishes which you can enjoy in comfortable surrounds or takeaway if you wish. I ordered the crispy chicken fillet noodle with satay sauce which was crispy for sure, but tender chicken on the inside. The thinnish noodles were delicious and enjoyed with the excellent satay sauce, crispy crackers, spring onions, cucumber and fried shallots. A delicious meal which is evident by the business of the restaurant. It obviously has a loyal band of followers. . . . → Read More: Noodle Forum – 5 Nov 2014

Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant and Bar - 10 Aug 2014

Canton Bay Chinese - Pork Belly

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. . . . → Read More: Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant and Bar – 10 Aug 2014

Mr Bun - 25 Jul 2014

Mr Bun - Dry Style Noodles and Pig Ears

I returned to Mr Bun to especially try the crispy pig ears marinated in five spice but received a dish which was different to my expectations, and the picture in the menu. It looked like a plate of bacon rind but had a range of textures from soft and glutinous, to chewy and crunchy. There was flavour present but quite mild. Fortunately, I also ordered a plate of the traditional Beijing dry style noodles which were delicious. You can really appreciate the care they take in making these delicious noodles by hand and mixing the black soy bean paste with minced beef through turns it in to something special. It’s quite a filling meal and while the pig ears didn’t hit the spot for me, the simplicity of this noodle dish shone through. I still love the beef in broth from last time, that’s their signature dish. . . . → Read More: Mr Bun – 25 Jul 2014

Mr Bun - 11 Jul 14

Mr Bun - Beef with Handmade Noodles

On a cold winters day I can definitely see myself coming to Mr Bun and ordering a big bowl of flavoursome spicy broth with chunks of oh so tender beef and tasty noodles. This is an unassuming place with delicious food. I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem. They may have a small menu but I really loved the noodle dish which was so full of flavour, hearty, tasty, spicy, delicious. At just $11 it’s a steal. The Chinese burger is quite different and interesting. I also enjoyed it but much prefer the bowl of noodles. . . . → Read More: Mr Bun – 11 Jul 14

Golden Century Seafood Chinese - 6 Sep 2013

Well I was impressed with the range of dishes that I saw and of those that I tasted. The quality, taste, and flavours were delicious and amongst our table, it worked out to a ridiculous $15 per head! I ate plenty and was comfortable full and hardly shelled out any money. Such great value, this is another gem and a contender against the other dim sim establishments for the best dim sim out there. I wouldn’t hesitate in coming back here again. . . . → Read More: Golden Century Seafood Chinese – 6 Sep 2013

Yum Cha House - 4 Aug 2013

Yum Cha House is an excellent alternative to visiting Northbridge where free parking, a short walk, a shorter wait and smaller queues await. The range of dishes is quite large, maybe not as large as in Northbridge, but the quality is of a high standard and tastewise, you won’t be disappointed. I really loved the soft shell crab and BBQ roast pork in particular. Apart from the slightly overdone salt & pepper squid, there were few negatives. I was a little surprised to see one is charged for Chinese tea and there’s also a service charge included, but I had a really enjoyable time. . . . → Read More: Yum Cha House – 4 Aug 2013

Shun Fung on the River - 29 May 2013

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If this is the kind of food that is going to be served to diners, I wouldn’t hesitate making a trip here. I appreciated the excellent service, presentation, array of dishes presented, and delicious flavours. I really loved the platter of Backed Oysters with Foie Gras Sauce, Chilli and Salt Mini Dried Fish, Golden Radish Balls; and the abalone superior soup, Szechuan chicken, and steamed coral trout were also favourites. But those Honey and Mustard King Prawns stole the show for me! I really loved the flavours present and is a dish very different to anything I’ve experienced. Of course, I love red bean pancake and the version presented to me was on the money. I really appreciated the invitation by Wen, and to Eva, the owner of Shun Fung Group. At the time of writing, I’m told that they can replicate similar quality food that was served to us beyond the Banquet room, except for the dim sum. The restaurant is still waiting for the appropriate utensils and other implements required to produce those dishes and once they’re there, delicious dim sum will be available to the masses. As the banquet was complimentary, I’m not sure what would typically be served and the pricing of those dishes. Thus, I cannot make a comment on pricing and value. . . . → Read More: Shun Fung on the River – 29 May 2013

Four Seas - 29 Oct 2012

Four Seas - Large Combination

I’m quite a sucker for deep fried food and my eyes lit up when I saw the honey chicken, sweet and sour pork and fish. The latter contained too much batter relative to the contents, but were okay with nice sweet and sour flavour. The honey chicken was crispy, crunchy, and had a lovely honey flavour. I really enjoyed it. The simple fried rice and Hokkien noodles were good and went well with the black pepper chicken and lemon grass beef. Simple dishes with enough flavour to get by. It’s a good cheap eat and obviously a favourite among the resident office crowd. Cash only. . . . → Read More: Four Seas – 29 Oct 2012

Northbridge Chinese - 3 Jun 2012

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. . . . → Read More: Northbridge Chinese – 3 Jun 2012