Phoenix Palace Chinese Restaurant
Chinese and East Asian
My guest and I were more than happy to escape the rain with a cup of hot jasmine tea, and we gladly sank into our comfy seats at an intimate table in the midst of the relaxing restaurant. The venue has built up a large number of regular customers due to its consistently high standards, and as we looked over the menu we witnessed the place fill with excited, hungry diners.
To begin, we decided to sample the dim sum; from an extensive range, we opted for the vegetarian dumplings and were very pleased with our choice. The rice dough was perfectly soft, while the vegetable filling was flavoursome and steaming-hot. Dunked into rich and salty hoisin sauce, the little parcels were delightful. Finishing the dumplings, we cleansed our palates with a delicious lychee Martini. A few sips of the sweet cocktail and we were ready for our main courses of seafood lettuce wraps and braised bean curd with Chinese mushrooms. The diced scallop, prawn and squid mixture, wrapped in crisp lettuce, was refreshing and light. It was perfectly complemented by the rich bean curd, which was served with a garlic, ginger and herb sauce. A scoop of simple steamed rice was the only accompaniment needed. The staff were extremely hospitable and gave advice and recommendations which were very helpful.
Thrilled to find that most of the desserts are made in-house, we chose the fresh fruit platter and the coconut pudding with cream and strawberries. Feasting on red grapes, honeydew and cantaloupe melon and kiwi, we finished our meal only wishing we had been able to try more of the menu. Next time, next time.