China Restaurant and Bar
A friend who knows about good yum char advised that the best yum char restaurants were run by people from the south of China. So it was that we found ourselves at China Restaurant.
It was a busy Sunday lunchtime and we had made reservations, but the tables turn so quickly that the wait is not usually long. China has that interesting juxtaposition of décor unique to many Asian restaurants: pleasant, modern décor, with the enhancement of coloured fairy lights on the bar and a rather imposing painting of Maori warriors (perhaps a nod to the new homeland). The restaurant is large, but not as cavernous as some other Chinese eating establishments.
It is possible to eat very reasonably at yum char, but it is also tempting to keep saying “yes” to the ever changing offerings presented to your table.
With two adults and one child we ate our way through watermelon juice ($7), BBQ pork buns ($4.50), 2 sticky rice parcels ($4.80), coriander and shrimp dumplings ($4.80), deep-fried chicken wings ($8.00), Asian greens with oyster sauce ($10.00), deep-fried prawn “sticks”, ice cream “balls” ($4.80) and durian tarts ($4.80). These were a lighter version of the rich egg custard tarts which were also on offer.
Next time I will save room for a delicious-looking plate of stir-fried tofu topped with chopped spring onion ($6) and my favourite seaweed salad. Or you can be more adventurous with other authentic Chinese dishes.
You can also order a la carte and the usual Cantonese dishes of chow mein, chop suey, fried rice and stir-fries are available on the takeaway menu ($9-$14.50). You can look at the live seafood tank on your way to the washrooms.