13 Jul 2014 • 10 reviews • 0 follower
Visited for lunch - A weird tense vibe in the restaurant. Somewhat rundown and sad looking interiors. With a view partially overlooking the bay, the ambience here still manages to feel more like a morgue.
first up, mandatory pickles. A small, cold saucer of fried beancurd, which we will soon be charged $3++ for. Insipid, salty and nothing else. No refills btw.
Next up, fried baby squid. Overly sweet, but edible. The problem was the portion size. 16 dollars for a portion the size of a small child's fist. Hey, this ain't no tapas restaurant. What a ripoff
Mains - Braised beancurd and vegetables - totally tasteless vegetables with tasteless beancurd in an equally tasteless (you get the idea) starchy yellowish liquid
Braised venison - tasty with a very small portion size for $22, but way too oily, had to avoid the bottom 25% which was simmering in fat
Chicken cubes with beancurd and salted fish - An absolute disaster. Half of it was soaked in clear oil - rendering 50% inedible. 10% chicken, 90% beancurd. The chef should work in a top end sashimi place - high level knife skills are surely essential for someone to be able to cut chicken into such tiny pieces. Again, a tiny, tiny portion for $18.
As mentioned, a measly plate of "pickles" and 2 small half-bowls of rice for $3+$3 plus GST and typical brusque chinese restaurant service.
Bad food, bad value, bad vibe, but the most stinging was the modus operandi - serve the smallest portion for the highest price possible and rip off unsuspecting tourists and punters, all the while pushing your overpriced roasts and seafood.
Such a sorry waste of a good spot. Run, don't walk, from this restaurant.