If you want a quick bite and don't want to pay too much, then this is the place to be. Although you may not get the friendliest service compared to other places around chinatown, the food is not bad. It's one of those places that you go to when you can't be bothered thinking of what to eat, and you just want something quick and then go. They are open all day, so if you decide to go and get something to eat but you have missed lunch time, you can always come here. I have come across a few rude staff there a few times. They just stand there staring outside and they won't even acknowledge you. Half of them don't even speak proper english.
Food arrives at your table in no time!
The seafood laksa is not very traditional as it was very ordinary. There was more than just squid which was good. The taste was definitely better than the Chinatown cafe. I am always a big fan of roast pork, a mix of roast pork and barbeque pork with rice had always been my favourite. It wasn't too oily. However I didn't like the fact that for all the barbeque dish, they would chop the meats up, sort of plate them up on top of the rice, then put it in the microwave for a minute or two before it's brought out to our table. If it was nice and fresh, why was there a need to put in the microwave? I am sure they are fresh, as throughout the meal, you can see a couple of workers bringing out freshly roasted ducks, and roast pork. Sometimes you get a nice chunk of meat plated up with your rice because the meat is the correct size for one serving. The meat wraps around nicely on top of the rice. However, sometimes when there's a big chunk of meat which is too big to fit on one plate. They couldn't give it all for one serve obviously, so the meat are left aside their chopping board, when the next order comes along, the off cuts would be presented onto the next plate.
Fried rice with salted fish was nice and simple, you could actually see the fish cubes amongst the rice and that made the rice extremely tasty. Once again, it wasn't too oily to eat.
Congee or chinese porridge was not as gooey as it should be, I suppose all the congee would have been prepared before, and then whichever one you order, all the ingredients just get thrown into it and then heated up, as there was no way that a congee could be made in the 15 minutes. This congee had nothing fancy about it, it is pretty much what we called comfort food.
Overall, I must that every dish was under ten dollars and the food comes out extremely quick. Although the service was not that great, perhaps that's something they need to improve on, the food was not bad. Sometimes you get what you pay for.
Visit BBQ City - 84 Gouger Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 - (08) 8212 8299