China Bar Signature Asian Buffet Restaurant - all the seafood that you can eat in Melbourne
China Bar Signature Asian Buffet Restaurant sits imposingly on the corner of the busy intersection of Springvale Road and Burwood Highway in the residential suburb of Burwood in Melbourne, Australia. When you are in your car either stuck at the traffic lights or just whizzing by at this intersection, you will without fail notice this prominent building with all the bling it exudes. A huge billboard proudly advertises the all-you-can-eat fare, beckoning you to give give this reataurant a go.
First impressions almost always count, I believe. And my first impression was if the food is half as good as the way this restaurant is decorated inside and out, I will no doubt be impressed.
My husband and I decided to give it a shot a few Friday nights ago, and this is a report on what we thought.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a waitress who frowned slightly at the fact that we did not have a booking for the night. However, the moment was quickly salvaged by the restaurant captain who very subtly (but noticed by us!) lifted his forefinger to her indicating to be patient while he looked through the booking list to find a table for two. He smilingly offered a table near a door, which we gratefully accepted.
Looking around, this Asian buffet restaurant is obviously popular.
Patrons appear to be either enthusiastically inspecting what was on offer in this buffet restaurant or happily tucking in into the fare. I walked to where the fresh prawns, oysters and mussels were while my husband checked out the far end of the buffet table. I was pleasantly surprised at the spread on offer.
I plucked a plate off the shelf and started to pile the food onto the plate with the shelled seafood. I walked back to the table with my discovery while my husband strolled back with his, both of us examining the other's plate and decided that we were quite happy with what we had unearthed so far.
Situated on one end of the restaurant stretched a long bench of a variety of Asian famous and cooked dishes. The Hainanese Chicken Rice is possibly my favourite - tasty rice with smooth skinned boiled chicken dressed in a little soy sauce.
I was also suitably impressed with the Japanese corner, with a sea of different noodles on offer as well as a huge selection of sushi to pick from.
The herbal soups at another corner are to die for - obviously done the authentic way, that is soup boiled over a period of a few hours to generate and extract the taste and goodness from the herbs in a traditional way.
It was to my delight to find the Yum Cha delicacies on offer as well, I helped myself to a few steamed Yum Cha baskets and the quality did not disappoint.
While the food in general were better than average in standard, the one thing that did not sit too well with me was the fact that our table was situated near a side door - a door that led to the outdoor patio where patrons could enjoy their meal under the stars. The night when we graced this restaurant was a cool night, therefore each time when a patron or waiter whizzed in and out of the restaurant, we experienced a rather cold draft from where we were sitting. I had to have my jacket on all night indoors!
Where China Bar Signature Asian Buffet Restaurant is.
I must admit, I was uncertain as to what to expect coming to China Bar Signature Asian Buffet Restaurant. The price for the meal is much higher than what we would normally pay for an Asian meal in Melbourne. My husband was a skeptic regarding the value-for-money issue. We did sample the varied foods on display but no matter how much a restaurant claims that they offer all-you-can-eat, my problem was that being average female, I could only eat so much. After a serving and a half, I sat back trying to digest the meal and decided that I could not go for another bite.
From that viewpoint, with all the fabulous and creatively decorated dishes as laid out, is it worth the $59.00 per person per meal? It is a tough one to answer. Will we go again for another meal? No, not in the near future. Definitely for a special occassion :) Would I recommend it to a friend? Sure, without a doubt or hesitation.
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