Sunday, January 16, 2011

First Taste Springvale

2C Windsor Avenue
Springvale, VIC 3171
Ph: 95467283
Website:First Taste

First Taste is a franchise restaurant that serves Claypot rice as their speciality. The restaurant in Springvale is always crowded and I can see why. For as little as $9, you get a massive bowl of claypot rice with an assortment of accompaniments.

The restaurant itself is your standard Springvale style place, with simple tables and chairs. They've gone to a bit more effort and there are some decorations of wall hangings and these plastic fruit in jars. The ever popular large flat screen tv is also available, streaming Chinese cable tv all day so you can enjoy your favourite Cantonese dramas while eating.

The Wonton Noodle Soup is good, with a flavoursome broth and some "handmade" wontons. Can machines make wontons? Maybe food technology has advanced more than I thought, as I always thought all wontons were hand made.

On the left is the Pork Black Bean Claypot. It's quite good, with chunks of pork ribs covered in black bean. On the right is the Chicken and Mushroom Claypot, which is my favourite. I order this everytime, now that I've tried all the claypot rice. Something about the combination of flavours in this dish makes me love it so much. The chicken is nice and smooth and pan fried. The mushrooms has lots of flavour, with bits of Chinese sausage and spring onions adding to the flavour. However, my favourite part of this dish is to put huge slatherings of their chilli sauce (shown above), pour lots of their soy sauce (it's slightly sweet and tastes like it's been cooked off and hence not harsh but instead more subtle in flavour) into the rice and stir it all up. The rice is just sensational, with the crispy charred bits that stick to the side of the claypot my absolute favourite.

The restaurant is buzzing with people talking at all times, so if you don't like noise, probably not a good place for you. The service is actually very good, with the ladies all being extremely polite and helpful. I would recommend coming for a claypot rice, but they also do a variety of other rice and soup dishes. Their soups are also very good, with a wide range to choose from. I like their Chicken Feet soup as a starter before the claypot rice. A good place for a casual meal at extremely cheap prices.

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  1. I wish I had known of this place earlier. I only ever eat at the same place in Springvale because.. really.. why would I go there other than for pho! But I love claypot rice equally as much and would have ventured to this place for a change of scenary ...

    Next time!

  2. Oh yum! I never knew this place existed! I've only ever gone to EC Pot in QV (I think that's what its called?)

  3. Claypot place? I only go to the one in the city. The only one I know of.

  4. Celeste, Springvale is good for pho, but this claypot place is very good as well. Next time indeed.

    I-Hua, I doubt many people know, hence I've blogged it. Now you can go if you're ever in the area.

    Penny, it probably is a bit far for you, but you never know, you might be in Springvale some day.

  5. there's soo many first taste's now - boxhill/ footscray/ springvale - did i miss any? LOL... actually is springvale the first one or a latter one?

  6. Allan, actually Springvale was surprisingly the first First Taste. Then it was in Box Hill, then lastly Footscray.