136 Causewayend, Aberdeen AB25 3TN
Tel: 01224 645222
This large Chineses restaurant really shows how even a very poor location can be redeemed. “Oriental” architecture externally makes the restaurant and its adjacent supermarket stand out amongst the diy warehouses and car rental outlets of Aberdeen's inner ring road. Inside, red painted walls with yellow window blinds convey to a westerner a Chinese ambiance, enhanced by the waiting staff racing around. The evening we visited between Christmas and New Year, the place was packed, and we had to wait 15minutes for a table.
The regular menu has a large selection of interesting dishes (e.g. salt & chilli monk fish), but T was disappointed at lack of “seaweed” and all are quite expensive - £7 - £10. The set menus are much better value and each contains at least one of the more unusual dishes. There was a special Christmas menu available too. The combination starter included some of the monk fish plus ribs, generous skewers of chicken satay, crispy prawns and chicken and cheese rolls in place of the everyday spring rolls. Our choice of a meal for 2 between 3 of us was proved wise in the aromatic duck course which came with TEN pancakes rather than the conventional 6. For 2, you selected 3 from 5 main course dishes; being seafood fans we had king prawn satay, seafood asparagus in birds nest and shredded crispy chilli chicken, the other options being pepper fillet steak and salt and chilli pork. Tea or coffee was included and during the festive period a 10% service charge was automatically added, bringing the bill, for a very substantial meal with a pre dinner drink to just under £60. Excellent value.