We had a good attendance for a return visit to this long standing Chinese restaurant. It was interesting in that the society had a lunch at the same restaurant 25 years ago, a good reason for a celebration for those few members who were at the restaurant 25 years ago and who also came to the lunch today. 27 members and 5 guests attended and were greeted with a glass of 2015 Ca’Bolani Friuli Pinot Grigio on arrival.
The menu was shared plates and we started with Vegetarian Egg Roll and Shallot Pancakes.
The slices of Egg Roll were rated highly, the shallot pancakes, whilst enjoyable, were considered a little dry.
The 2nd course was the perennial favourite of Tea Smoked Duck
The duck was cooked to retain moisture and was served with dumpling style pockets. This dish rated highly by all of the ladies.
The main courses were :
Sizzling Beef Fillets with Black Pepper Sauce
Stir fried King Prawns with scrambled eggs
Pan fried Beans with Minced Pork and chilli
Salt and Pepper Eggplant
Sweet and Sour Pork
Snow Peas with mixed vegetables
Shanghai style noodles
The comments were variable but the Beef Fillets with Black Pepper was a disappointing dish as it could have had more flavour. The eggs were not blended through the King Prawns and was considered a weak dish. A few comments were that the Sweet and Sour Pork was too fatty and too sweet and had MSG added to the dish, a disappointment. The eggplant was light and well cooked and one of the favourite dishes.
The dessert was a battered toffee apple and banana
The wines were :
2016 Amelia Park Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, WA
2016 Les Soeurs de Bonpas Cotes de Rhone, France
2014 Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut, France
There was a discussion between the style of the two red wines and the Cotes de Rhone was the favoured red.
It was considered the restaurant servings were generous and most dishes were well cooked.
The service was adequate given there were only two staff on the floor.
Unfortunately, the order of delivery did not flow to match the order on the menu.