You cannot judge a book by its cover – or a restaurant from the first glance – this pretty unprepossessing little spot up towards the end of William Street proved to be something of a surprise, and pleasant one at that.
Nothing to look at, but great to eat at – BYO of course and a couple of wine glasses were quickly rinsed and brought to the table – I suspect their regular clientele aren’t much for wine.
The somewhat tattered menu is extensive and has a few pictures thrown in for good measure – don’t let that distract you – but be warned the serves are large – we noted that by a look at other tables and decided to order just two – and that did us in – my dining chum took the remnants away and I am sure they will get him through the weekend just fine.
We kicked off with a dish of fish cooked in special liquor sauce and moved to fish fillets in hot and spicy sauce – the small serve (the large must be immense).
Succulent fillets of fish cooked in a light, mellow tasting sauce, perhaps a hint of Chinese wine, and a touch of sweetness, chopped capsicum, bamboo shoot and fungi – and with a bowl or two of steamed rice was a good starting point.
The second – served in a substantial casserole dish – was perhaps in the line of Sichaun food – again very juicy and luscious fillets swimming in a spicy broth with more than a dash of Sichuan pepper adding its characteristic numbness and heat – slippery, thin cellophane noodles bulked it up. Excellent dish.
As I said the serves were large – and outstanding value – our food would have fed another two people comfortably – so go with a group of three or four or more to get best results I reckon. We will certainly be back.