Friday, June 22, 2007

BBQ King, Goulburn St, Haymarket

BBQ King, Goulburn St, Haymarket
Friday 22 June, 2007

Tonight we were off to the Sydney Film Festival to see 'Black Snake Moan' starring Samuel L Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake.
Beforehand we headed down to Chinatown for dinner at BBQ King. This is one of my favourite Chinese restaurants - it's fast, fresh and the food is fantastic. However, with the good comes the not so good - loud, drunken groups looking for a feed, meals being delivered to the wrong table and uncomfortable furniture designed to move people on quickly.
Tonight we were seated upstairs - the steep staircase doesn't instill any confidence in the building safety and at the first landing is the entrance to the bathrooms which, again, don't instill any confidence. However as soon as you are seated, review the menu and watch the plates of food travel past the focus becomes firmly on the food.
After reading through the menu we ordered:
- Peking duck pancakes
- Noodles with ginger & shallots
- Salt & pepper calamari
- Chinese vegetables with hoisin sauce
The pancakes were delivered first and we were bowled over by the large, juicy slab of duck meat laid on the small pancake. Clearly too large to wrap we attempted as best we could and enjoyed every fabulous mouthful. The duck meat was tender and the accompanying chilli and shallots added a great kick. After enjoying 2 pancakes each we could have easily ordered some more but had other dishes on their way.
Next up, we saw the calamari walk past and the plate was almost placed on another table before our waiter retrieved it and delivered it to our table. At this point we requested some very hot chilli sauce. This didn't last long after arriving at the table so another was requested. Shortly afterwards the noodles were delivered. The fresh smell of ginger was wonderful, the noodles were light and had a clean taste - the ginger also helped clear the sinuses. Finally the vegetables doused in hoisin arrived but we were incredibly full at this point.
BBQ King is a great place to go if you are on your way somewhere. It's quick and the food is excellent.
BBQ King - 18-20 Goulburn Street, Sydney - (02) 9267 2586


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