Chinese and East Asian
Just off the lovely market square in Wantage, with its lofty statue of King Alfred, is a 400-year-old timber-framed former coffee house that’s now home to the fabulous Peking Dynasty restaurant. Max Chin, the amiable owner, hails from Malaysia but the fare he serves is all you would expect from a top-quality Chinese restaurant.
Instead of selecting from the menu, we sampled a selection of Max’s best dishes, temptingly laid before us. Our appetisers were crunchy squid, satay chicken, ribs in a fruity sauce and grilled pork dumpling – a delicious combination of flavours and textures that well and truly whetted the appetite.
To follow, we rolled pancakes full of crispy duck, spring onions and cucumber – an absolute must for any Chinese meal and done extremely well here. Our mains comprised a medley of tasters, including beef in a subtly spicy black pepper sauce, plump prawns in oyster sauce, chicken in sweet chilli sauce and tender roast pork in yellow bean sauce, all ￼accompanied by fluffy fried rice. A bottle of chilled Chablis perfectly complemented the food. I chose a dessert of refreshing mango ice cream, while my companion opted for authentic banana fritters, before completing our evening with coffee and cream.
A relative newcomer to the town, Max said that he had settled in well, noting how polite the people of Wantage are, and that you don’t find that everywhere. Nor do you often get as attentive a host as he proved to be.