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Restaurant Review – Ocean King Chinese Restaurant (Melbourne)

Published November 6, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, it’s back to restaurant review posts I haven’t been blogging about them lately so now I’ve got the Masterchef & holiday posts out of the way it’s now for some yummy food. This restaurant is recommended by my brother in law as it’s one of the regular Chinese restaurants they would go. It’s good for its roast meats and they are quite affordable too.

When you walked into the restaurant the first thing you see is the tanks and rows of ducks, roast pork and bbq pork dangling at the glass show case. You know this restaurant specialises in roast meats and seafood..

The waitress was friendly and sat us down to our table and offered the usual chinese tea and some prawn crackers. The decor of the restaurant is pretty boring, nothing fancy it’s your usual casual looking Chinese restaurants with some menus written on the wall…

So comes to dish ordering time. We decided to have a stir fried prawns and vegies dish in a bird’s nest, roast meats – roast pork and roast duck (we’re not a fan of bbq pork), seafood with vegies clay pot and chilli pepper spare ribs (one of my favourite chinese dishes)

stir fried prawns with vegies in a bird's nest

stir fried prawns with vegies in a bird's nest

roast duck

roast duck

seafood claypot with vegies

seafood claypot with vegies

roast pork

roast pork

chilli pepper spare ribs

chilli pepper spare ribs

Overall, we were very happy with our meals. The dishes arrived one after another within 10 minutes and the restaurant was quite busy that night. Through out the night the waitress would come and check on our tea and refill our tea pot. The roast meats were delicious. The ducks were nicely done, not too fatty or oiling quite tender and flavoursome. I especially loved the roast pork, it’s evenly cut unlike some Chinese restaurants which cuts the roast pork in huge uneven size. It’s actually quite lean, not too salty and since it’s served with some roasted peanuts – it gave it an extra texture of that peanut crunch! Delicious! As for stir fried prawns and vegies, the qualities of the ingredients were lovely and fresh, the seafood claypot was nicely done. Now it comes to one of my favourite chinese dishes – chilli pepper spare ribs – delicious, not too oily and fatty. Once again the meats are quite tender and lean and well seasoned.

Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it? Yes!

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Restaurant Review – Little Coconut House (Melbourne)

Published September 8, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, this particular hawker place is recommended by one of our friend – remember I mentioned that this friend of ours emailed us a list of restaurants to try while we’re in Melbourne. When we arrived it was around lunch time, the place is quite small – has a long corridor and a few tables. You order your meal at the front counter and pay for it and they give you a table stand. You get to see all the roast duck, roast pork, and bbq pork hanging by the glass shelves.

We managed to grab a table down at the end near the kitchen, which can be a distraction cos you get to see how they wash their dirty dishes and preparing their food. Anyways, the menu has great varieties. Pandabear went for his usual Wonton Mee with bbq pork and I decided to try one of their specialty dish. Fried pork chops with some fried chicken pices served with fragrant fried yellow rice and it comes with a fried egg. We both opt for the hot soya bean drink cos it was cold..

Our hot soya drink arrived immediately, and it’s home brewed – delicious a little sweet with the palm sugar, but that’s ok – I love my drink very sweet 🙂 within 10 minutes our meals arrived. The presentation was great, the wonton mee had a nice neat row of bbq pork and the wontons are served separately with the soup. However, Pandabear said the wonton mee was only ok cos the bbq pork was a little burnt or charred for his liking, he probably got the end bits of the bbq pork which generally is a little dry and burnt. However, the wontons were tasty – I had one of the wontons. As for my meal – it was a winner, huge servings of pork chops – tender, juicy and very tasty with the marinate. The chicken pieces reminded me of chicken popcorn from KFC, very flavoursome and it compliments well with the yellow fried and my fried egg was perfectly cooked. Overall, I have enjoyed this pork chop dish very much and they even give you pickled chillies yum yum. The waitress were very friendly and came and ask us whether she could remove the empty plates she even smiled with us. The dishes were pretty cheap too 🙂

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star – extra point for speedy food time and friendly service
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? Yes!

Restaurant Review – Tai Pan Restaurant (Melbourne)

Published August 28, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, as I’ve mentioned earlier our friend in Melbourne enjoys his chinese food alot – so here’s another restaurant that he recommends going. Tai Pan, it’s in a suburb area so not in the Melbourne CBD – apparently alot of the nice Melbourne restaurants are well hidden in the suburban area. So first thing when you arrive to the restaurant is that it has a large red Tai Pan Restaurant and it has a symbol with 2 swans crossing over each other.

Then when you step inside into the restaurant you realised wow, it’s a huge restaurant with your usual round tables with lazy susan on top. It has a nice brown decor and appear a little classier than your usual chinese restaurants. All the waiters/waitresses are well dressed with their uniforms. There were about 10 of us, so we thought we’ll order a few dishes…

We were served with a nice bowl of pork ribs soup..it was quite welcoming and yummy..

We decided to try out their Peking duck, I love Peking ducks and was really looking forward to it cos I know Melbourne restaurants serves huge size juicy duck meats. So here comes a chef wheeling out our duck…they cleverly wrapped our duck meat along with a stalk of spring onion/cucumber and some sweet bean paste inside a nice thin skin crepe. It was huge and the cool thing about it is they wrap this up for you, so you don’t even have to wrap them yourself. I just wish our waitress would at least smile a little when she served this to us. She had a poker face on the whole night.

The peking duck was delicious, we each got served 2 plates worth of it and was pretty happy about it.

We went for our usual favourite – violin tofu, the presentation was nice except it wasn’t as nice as the Pacific house one in terms of the sauce flavour…

Then we decided to try one of their recommended dish – omelette chicken with some sweet chilli sauce…it was unusual, I’ve never had this dish before but the sweet chilli sauce compliments the omelette chicken. However, they have served 2 dishes with bok choy!!!

Then we decided to try their steamed fish – our fish was a burramundi…it was perfectly cooked, the meat was juicy and tender and nicely balanced with green spring onions and light soya sauce…this dish was so far a winner…

Well, we thought to ourselves – whats a chinese meal without a clay pot – so we went for the beef brisket clay pot which was a disappointment, when the dish came it just looks brown, mushy and miserable and it tasted pretty miserable too. There were lots of fats and vegies and not much meat. It was quite a disappointing dish…

We were feeling quite adventurous so we thought instead of getting your usual stir fried vegies with garlic, we went for the baked portugese sauce vegies. Alot of Hong Kong Chinese Restaurants are now serving baked vegies with this type of sauce – it’s kinda taste like curry flavoured cheesy sauce. When it arrived, the presentation was great – however the flavour was a little bland – it felt like the curry sauce was quite diluted…so I guess it was a little disappointing…

Now overall, our meal was ok – there were a few disappointing dishes but overall most of the dishes were quite nicely prepared and flavoursome as well. Now in terms of their service, as I’ve mentioned our assigned waitress was looking like she had enough of working at that restaurant – I’ve never seen her smile and she just throws plates and chopsticks on our table and sort of pass the bill to our table when we haven’t asked for it…a little on the rude side I found..

Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 3.5 star
Food experience: 3.5 star
Would I recommend it? Probably – we may have ordered some bad dishes, maybe their other dishes are pretty nice, so it’s worth checking it out next time!

Restaurant Review – Grill’d (Melbourne)

Published August 24, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well. I’ve been having problems uploading photos on to my blogs – and just found out I don’t have much space left and I’ll have to upgrade my storage space soon…yikes – I can’t afford it…oh well, see what happens. So this particular restaurant is one of my favourites in Melbourne – it has the best burgers in town just at the QV building. So one night Pandabear and I decided to check out this joint…

When you walk in you see a counter with fresh salads and burger buns and people cooking fresh beef patties..

and you just order your favourite burger on the blackboard…

And then you wait at your table with a number sign for the waitress to bring your yummy burgers. There’s even cute cows on the wall…

I went straight for the Mighty Melbourne Burger and Pandabear went for the Summer sunset with house cut chips with rosemary…and we even got a tomato looking ketchup 🙂

Mighty Melbourne Burger

Mighty Melbourne Burger

Summer Sunset Burger with house cut chips

Summer Sunset Burger with house cut chips

Honestly, when the burgers arrived – it was huge!!! here’s a cross section of my burger…

We had to cut the burgers in half, otherwise our mouth isn’t big enough to bite the burgers. It was delicious!! Best burgers I’ve ever had, it even beat the one I had in New York! This is a casual joint, don’t expect fancy customer service but their burgers are to die for and it’s reasonably priced too 🙂

Here’s my rating:

Food experience: 4.5 star
Dining experience: 4.5 star
Would I recommend it? Yes!