Jiang Nan is a relatively recent addition to William Street taking the place of another Asian restaurant in an area where there seems to be high turnover of places at times. Describing their cuisine as that of Southern China the menu is illustrated with photos of the dishes to help those unfamiliar with the style.
Unlicensed but BYO is welcome although don’t come along expecting wine glasses – the best they could manage were thick parfait or milkshake glasses – not quite what we expected, but beggars can’t be choosers – lashing out on a few cheap glasses would not go astray.
Anyway to the food – we began with a dish of shredded potato which was served draped over a wooden rack with a mild chilli and honey sauce to give the potato a boost of flavour. It was an interestingly presented dish and the flavour and textural combination was good – enjoyed this one, although the little foil tray to catch the sauce was holed with the result the sticky sauce oozed onto the table – and a perfunctory wipe really didn’t address the problem.
Secondly we ordered spicy lemon fish – a soup based dish of tender chunks of fish in a clear, lemony broth – not much chilli in this although it was listed as quite spicy – pleasant all the same, although if our rice had been delivered at the same time it would have helped to mop up the broth – alas despite requests that delivery was some time away. The fish was tender, and there was lots of it, the lemon flavours pronounced. Not bad.
And finally, garlic prawns served with vermicelli noodles – again a generously sized dish, the prawns retaining a little crunch to the bite and the noodles glassy and well cooked – once again however the promised spiciness was missing. However it was a pleasant enough dish.
All in all the food was pleasant without hitting any heights, good flavours despite missing the promised spiciness, and good sized serves. The service could do with a little boost – our rice delay being a case in point, and the lack of attention to mopping up the sauce from the potato, and the seeming reluctance to deliver more paper napkins when asked. Worth a try.