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(Closed) Hua Zhu Restaurant (花竹)

75%
16 votes
8 reviews
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Address
#02-101, 4 Queen's Road, 260004
Asian, Cantonese, Chinese
+65 64794075

Daily: 11:30 - 14:30

Daily: 17:30 - 22:30

$29 based on 16 submissions
Dinner (4 votes), Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (3 votes), Hidden Find (3 votes) ...

Tucked away just off Farrer Road, this restaurant serves a full Chinese menu in a pleasant, unpretentious setting. Perennial favourites like prawn paste chicken, butter prawns and chilli crab are available, as are fresh innovations like sliced fish with rose wine.

What others are eating here

  • Signature Prawn 2 votes
  • Steamed fish HK style 2 votes
  • ganbian siji dou 1 vote
  • gongbao chicken 1 vote
  • gongbao tofu 1 vote

Latest Review for Hua Zhu Restaurant

Overall RatingBased on 8 reviews
Food/Drink3.4
Value2.7
Ambience3
Service2.9
Most helpful review:

Great crabs and excellent service

Food/Drink 5 | Value 5 | Ambience 5 | Service 5
Total Reviews: 2

Just stumbled upon this nice Chinese restaurant and concluded that this is a certainly a well kept secret in the holland village district .

Service here is cordial and prompt and the staff are amazingly attentive an quick to respond to customers needs like change of dishes, top up of drinks etc, notwithstanding that business is brisk and restaurant is full house.

In terms of food, I have tried the chilli crabs and the gongbao chicken which proves to be fresh and yummy, just how the straits times article had described. Most importantly, prices here are cheaper relative to the likes of other seafood restaurants.

Certainly a place which I will visit again.

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Overpriced, tourist/expat trap, poor service

Food/Drink 1 | Value 1 | Ambience 3 | Service 1
Total Review: 1

Overall, this was really a bad dining experience for my family. Expats or tourists who are unfamiliar with but keen to try Chinese cuisine, please take my advice that you can have food that is much better at half the price elsewhere. Ask any local and I'm sure they can provide some recommendations. It amuses me too that the latest newspaper commentary on this restaurant was in 1988. If you like the quiet neighborhood ambiance, try something else in the area. I am writing this because no one should be paying such exorbitant prices only to get a false impression of good local food.

Food & Pricing
They should also have been more transparent with their 'miscellaneous' charges. Peanuts cost $3 per tiny plate, and there were 4 plates on the table when we sat down (i.e. $12). Wet towels cost $1.50 each. Thus, we paid an additional $24 for the 8 of us for things that we didn't request for nor need.

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Overpriced, tourist/expat trap, poor service

Food/Drink 2 | Value 1 | Ambience 3 | Service 1

Recommended by an expat friend and decided to give it a try, but it turned out to be my worst decision ever. Tucked in a neighborhood estate at Queen's street, it was mostly occupied by expats on a Sunday evening.

Food & Pricing

Food was mediocre and did not justify the exorbitant prices . Their signature prawns cost $34 for merely 10 small prawns (not fresh even though they proclaimed that they use fresh and not frozen prawns) that were soaked in sauce that was forgettable. Vegetables, pork ribs and tofu cost about $20 each for a medium sized portion, which was fairly reasonable but of very average quality, likewise for sea bass which costs $50.

They should also have been more transparent with their 'miscellaneous' charges. Peanuts cost $3 per tiny plate, and there were 4 plates on the table when we sat down (i.e. $12). Wet towels cost $1.50 each. Thus, we paid an additional $24 for the 8 of us for things that we didn't request for nor need.

Service

Took 45 mins for the first dish to arrive after we made our order, this even though the restaurant was only half full. Service was really slow and rude, and the chilli sauce that we asked for never came until prompted several times. We ordered fried fish but after an hour or so, we were informed that the kitchen made a mistake and steamed the fish instead, and was recommended that we take the steamed fish instead. Given our overall experience, this error by the kitchen staff could be considered relatively minor.

Others

We were also erroneously charged for the soup, and unfortunately we only discovered this when we returned home. We had ordered and were served the fish maw with chicken soup, which was supposed to cost $30, but realised that they had charged $42 instead, which was the price of fish maw in crab meat.

Overall, this was really a bad dining experience for my family. Expats or tourists who are unfamiliar with but keen to try Chinese cuisine, please take my advice that you can have food that is much better at half the price elsewhere. Ask any local and I'm sure they can provide some recommendations. It amuses me too that the latest newspaper commentary on this restaurant was in 1988. If you like the quiet neighborhood ambiance, try something else in the area. I am writing this because no one should be paying such exorbitant prices only to get a false impression of good local food.

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