Saturday 21 May After waking up at 4:30am to catch an early flight, I was glad to finally land in Hong Kong and be in Kowloon. I’m staying in Hong Kong to break up the long flight to Perth but I’m also here for a specific food which I’ll get […]
Thursday 19 May After a 13 hr overnight train ride from Xi’an we arrived in Beijing. I had an interrupted sleep and was tired like everyone else. After a taxi ride in peak hour traffic, an experience in itself, we arrived at our hotel. Unfortunately rooms aren’t ready (we have […]
Tuesday 17 May After going off the train it was a short ride to the hotel where our rooms happened to be ready which was very fortunate. Time for a shower before heading to breakfast. A few of us decided to head out for a walk before meeting everyone for […]
Friday 13 May It’s an early start with a drive to Guilin before catching a flight to Chongqing before more traveling to our boat to begin a cruise along the Yangtze River. Upon arriving we settled into our rooms. My roommate and I decided to pay a little extra for […]
Wednesday 11 May Yangshuo seems pretty busy with lots of activity. Not a large developed city like Shanghai, the town has quite a buzz. We walked to West Street which is where all the action is, particularly at night. We popped into Lucy’s for breakfast. It was good to have […]
Tuesday 10 May After a hotel buffet breakfast, we went to the West Lake region and popped into Longjing Tea Plantation Visit. It’s a musuem about all things tea. I’m not a tea drinker but it’s quite fascinating learning about tea. We then sat in a room where we had […]
Friday 6 May My time in Taiwan has come to an end and now I’m off to Shanghai. I thought the lunch served in the airplane would be Asian but was Western. Quite disappointing and the entire plane bar the few foreigners must be wondering what this is. And I […]
The Darlings Supper Club offers a fusion of Asian cuisine but the dishes offered still stay close to it’s roots. The balance and execution of the dishes were generally excellent, complemented perfectly with a dipping sauce or salad. These latter elements were crucial to keeping the dish in check, the perfect balance of acidity, sweet, sour or spicy helped compliment or counteract any richness or strong flavours. A few of the dishes were over salted which was disappointing. While I enjoyed the food and the service, if you’re going to set up shop in Northbridge you’re going toe to toe with all the other Asian restaurants. Darlings Supper Club matched them on flavour, but failed miserably on price. A yum cha restaurant a few blocks away would not charge $10 for 4 prawn dumplings. A typical nasi goreng wouldn’t push $14, half the price of Darlings version, albeit with roast duck, at $28. Darlings is not your typical Asian restaurant, it’s proposition is different but I felt the pricing is on the high side for comparable dishes available close by at other Northbridge restaurants. The total bill was just under $150, just under $100 after the voucher.
I’ve been to many Chinese restaurants but visiting Old Cathay presented dishes that I haven’t eaten before and were very different to that previously experienced. The fried rice was moist and delicious, full of flavour, and I really enjoyed the slightly crunchy chicken coated in a light marmite sauce. A slightly different flavour to what one is used but it’s tasty and really gets you hooked. The patagonian toothfish is a lovely fish served in a subtle garlic and ginger sauce but it lacked oomph. The cut like butter super tender pork belly in that lovely soupy sauce was also delicious, particularly enjoyed with the Chinese buns, mantau. For dessert, I enjoyed fried ice cream, the batter while not crispy, coconut and vanilla ice cream combine for a lovely finish to an excellent meal.
Beer and Skewer serve a variety of skewered meats Chinese style, dim sum, and a range of traditional Chinese dishes. I ordered one cumin chicken skewer ($2.50) which contained tender succulent chicken with a delicious cumin flavour. I also got one beef satay skewer ($2.50) but the beef was a little chewy though the satay sauce was lovely. For mains I chose the beef noodle soup ($12) which was like a big bowl of pho. The beef was like that from a chunk of roast but sliced thinly. It didn’t have much flavour. The broth was quite tasty though and started to soften the beef and the noodles. The noodles were quite chunky and not bad. Very filling dish, a real winter warmer, pretty good. Loved the cumin chicken skewer but you can get better noodle soup dishes (think Mr Bun for example).