Tasting China

One of my favourite restaurants in Canberra has long been the Chairman and Yip and on our recent trip I was a little disconcerted to see it was no longer at its Bunda Street address – I found later it had moved to new digs in Barton – and in its place is Tasting China. Well we were there, so in we went….

Menu

Still a very elegant and inviting place –dark wood, a splash of colour around, comfortable seating, moody lighting – and the menu was appealing. A good range of dishes representing the cuisines of Canton, Sichaun and Shanghai. The wine list is well put together, with a fine selection of regions and varieties, although somewhat limited where “by the glass” is concerned. But a bottle of Geoff Merrill’s Grenache rosé suited us just fine!

Dumplings

To the food – we began with Zhong dumplings – gelatinous and tender dumplings filled with a mix of chopped boiled prawns and ginger, and doused with a mix of soy and garlic and chilli oil. These were simply outstanding – among the best dumplings we have eaten – the filling was juicy and aromatic, full of warm flavours and the companion sauces and oils a wonderful boost.

Scallops

Our second starter, sea scallops with sugar snap peas, sesame oil and ginger sauce, was another mouth-watering experience – the scallops were plump and luscious, so very lightly cooked, a scatter of shredded ginger added warmth and spice, while the snappy peas crunched and delighted. Stunning.

Main1

Warned of the size of the mains by our waiter, we ordered only one – a very wise move – and our Sichuan Rock Ling in hot chilli oil arrived – a massive bowl of soup filled with batons of succulent fish, and well stocked with Sichuan pepper, numbing the lips and delighting the palate. A bowl of steamed rice helped soak up the soup. This was a very spicy and fitting conclusion to a brilliant lunch.

Main

I have to say Tasting China is a more than worthy tenant of the old Chairman site – excellent food, great waiters, very good beverage list, welcoming décor – it will be on my must visit restaurants for future trips to Canberra. We loved it…. Absolutely recommended!!

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