ADDRESS: 264 Liverpool Road, Ashfield.
PHONE: (02) 9798 2877
OPENING: Open 7 days
BOOKING REQUIRED: Recommended, as there can be a large wait
LEVEL OF CASHOLA REQUIRED: $
CUISINE: Chinese and Cantonese
Summary: It’s a buzzing Asian eatery,with beautifully presented dishes. The crowd is mixed, with locals and food goers, which offers great value for money dishes.
THE “PEOPLES VERDICT”
Excellent food, but the service can be very hit or miss.
ITS REVIEW TIME:
I’m going to add my name to the list of food blogs writing words about this place. And as you are reading these words you need to be multi-tasking and getting your name on a reservation (pronto!). Turning up without a reservation is like taking a man into ikea. You are never going to be quite sure of the result.
After being shown to our table by a Matre de I was given a book with lots of pretty pictures about food. We decided to try the dumplings, pork buns and a chicken dish. And believe me, working through your options will give you some extra calories to burn
The wait staff seemed to be run off their feet but our order was taken within 5 mins of arriving. An added touch of a complementary starter on the table was a bonus.
In less than 10 mins our main dish arrived (chicken in bamboo). The flavours worked and were not too overpowering. The chicken was deep fried with a bread crumb which helped to cut through the oil. Warning: the bones were still present in the bite size chicken pieces, which we were not expecting.
Not long after the chicken arrived, the pork dumplings were served (14 pieces). We ordered the pork with cabbage and the size was impressive (unlike Din Tai Fung in world square). The flavors were nice, although the cabbage could hardly be seen or tasted. I was disappointed that there was no dipping sauce to accompany these, but thankfully the soy sauce and vinegar that was provided on the table came to the rescue.
The last dish to be served was the pan fried pork buns, which was a little unusual as these are normally eaten as starters. They had the normal bite and shoot sauce drill (when you bite into the bun, the liquid squirts across the room- the further the better!), but lacked in flavor. The bun itself consisted of too much dough to pork ratio, although was cooked perfectly. One good point to mention was the value for money, we received 8 good sized pork buns for only $8- Bargain!
Overall, Im still a little confused to why there is a hype about their dumplings and pork buns, as you can cross the road to New Shanghai for better. The remainder of the menu has fabulous presented dishes, with even a live fish tank, which makes sense to why there always seems to be a line.
THE LOCALE, DECOR AND VIBE:
It is a bustling shanghai food house, with beautifully presented dishes. The crowd is mixed, with locals and food goers, with normally a line spilling out the door. The fish tank is full of pretty fish begging you to try the chicken.
LETS TALK PEOPLE POWER:
Many reviews critise the service, but the few times i have been, I have never had an issue. The wait staff do run round like headless chickens, but surprising enough it all works with food consistently coming out, and tables been served.
NOM NOM NOM:
I was impressed with the appetizer, and even a little more so, considering I am not a huge fan of broad beans, but they vanished pretty quickly :)
WOULD I TAKE THE CHEF HOME (IF POLYGAMY WAS LEGAL?)
Probably not, I would look for a chef who could present a great main meal (tick) and also great dumplings (half a tick) and pork buns (cross)
The speed of which your food is served (even if, its not in the correct order).
The pork buns.