Sunday, October 29, 2006

East Dynasty

East Dynasty is located in Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood. It is one of my favourite places for Yum Cha, but after last night's meal, I will only go there for Yum Cha in future.

East Dynasty's interior looks like that of many other Chinese restaurants. There is the usual red colour in most of the decorations and lots of Chinese artwork such as shell covered wooden panels and embroidered artwork. It wasn't that crowded unlike at Yum Cha so was less noisy than usual. Despite not being full, the service was still extremely slow with far too few wait staff. The meal took forever to arrive. This has happened twice now when I have gone for dinner so I don't think it was a matter of a chef being sick. At least last time the food was good so it was worth going back. This time, it about 20 minutes to get entrees and a further half hour for mains. With the mains, one dish came out about 20 minutes before all the others, and we asked for rice a few times but it never arrived while the food was getting cold.

The only good dish of the night was the soft shelled crab entree. The crabs were coated in a light batter and fried and then cooked in the Chinese style of chilli and salt. The crabs tasted very nice and it was a weird sensation eating the whole crab without having to peel anything.

The mains were all very average Chinese dishes. There was sweet and sour pork which was alright since the pork wasn't the cheapest cuts that stink. However, good sweet and sour pork should be done with ribs and a light batter with an equally light sauce. The sauce shouldn't be too thick and sticky.

The dish of fried chicken ribs and fried battered milk was disappointing. I've had much better fried chicken ribs at Hoa Tran, and it costs a third of the price there. The fried battered milk was way too sweet and the batter much too thick.

The peppercorn beef in a sizzling hot plate was not really sizzling. The beef had been soaked in so much bi carb powder that it had lost all flavour and was just a soft piece of something.

Overall, the whole night was extremely disappointing. The food took forever to arrive, service was almost non existent and the price was expensive too. Compared to their excellent Yum Cha, the dinner experience is definitely not worth trying again. The funniest thing that happened all night was when an old lady was leaving and just walking past my table. The head waitress walking behind the old Chinese lady told her in Chinese to "step out of the way, you're blocking the whole walkway". How rude. Is that the way you speak to an old person and also a paying customer.

Overall Rating: 9/20, Food and service equally disappointing. Price is also too expensive for quality of food. Go to East Dynasty for Yum Cha as that is excellent but don't bother going there for dinner.

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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