It was time for another visit to the Camellia in High Wycombe, one of our favourite suburban Chinese restaurants, with the four of us great fans of the food at this unpretentious place which nevertheless turns out some of the best Cantonese style food around.
We have been coming for so long we have our firm favourites which we almost always order, but usually with one or two we haven’t tried before, or at least not for a while.
So it was again – the faves were the first chosen – Satay Seafood and Chilli King Prawns; then we opted for Lemon Chicken and Ginger Fish fillets. With rice that was enough for us.
Satay seafood included squid, prawns, fish and scallops in an aromatic peanut based sauce, and a boost from some zingy chilli. All the seafood components were– firm to the bite, nothing overcooked here, and the vegetables also showed the skill of the kitchen – crisp, retaining all of their flavour, and combining to an excellent dish of Chinese style satay.
The Camellia is well known for its Lemon Chicken – with customers travelling quite long distances to either eat in or have it as a takeaway – and the meal served up to us justified its reputation. The chicken was crispy skinned, tender and moist inside and coated in a most delicious sauce, lemony, sweet, sharp, by degrees and all melding into a splendid dish.
The Chilli prawns came as a good number of shelled king prawns, and as is always the case here, cooked just right – sweet, tender, juicy. Scattered dried chilli flakes provide a pleasant chilli buzz – and you can order the dish with as much or as little as you like – but nothing overpowers the flavours of the seafood which shines through as it should. This was another well executed dish.
To the fish – the slices of fillet, tender, juicy and delicious while the ginger sauce was a good accompaniment clinging bringing a clean, refreshing, aromatic and zippy lift to the whole dish.
So another satisfying trip and meal to this little gem in the foothills.