Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Ocean King Chinese Restaurant

This is an old post from my other blog More Thanh Words which I have decided to group here as it is about food.

Ocean King Chinese Restaurant is located in Kingsway in Glen Waverley and is your typical Asian style restuarant, from the look of the place, to the food they serve, to the service style of the staff.

The interior has that usual look, pink walls, cheap table cloth and chairs and tacky ornaments on the wall. The atmosphere in there was noisy as in all Asian restaurants. Asians just love to shout really loudly when they talk, I don't know why, maybe because they're used to having to do that back in Asian countries where there are so many people and you have to shout to be heard.

The service was ok without being great. The waitress wasn't rude, a nice change, but just went about her work efficiently. She did take away the soup when my friend Justin hadn't finished with it yet though.

The food was run of the mill stuff. I think there is a standard Chinese menu that all restaurants copy from. The dishes looked to be catered for Australian clientel as it was all stock standard popular Asian dishes without anything risky. There wasn't really anything out of the ordinary on the menu so we went the safe option and orderd beef with honey pepper sauce, scallops and vegetables, roast duck and roast pork. The food arrived so promptly (in under 10 minutes from ordering) that we joked that it must have been some else's who didn't want it and they reheated it in the microwave. To the right was the roast duck and roast pork beautifully modelled by our resident hand modeller Kevin.

The food tasted ok, there was nothing wrong with it but tasted similar to many other places that I had eaten at. The roast duck and pork weren't that good and their sweet chilli sauce didn't taste nice.

As you can tell from the recurring theme, overall the meal was ok, with service being prompt, our meals arriving quickly and tasting ok. The only slight drawback was that I thought the prices were too high for the quality of food they were delivering. Maybe their location in Glen Waverley meant there was always lots of customers and they could get away with those prices but they were too high in my opinion.

Overall Rating: 11/20, Food ok but too expensive

Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.

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