8.5/10 How gorgeous is the restaurant!! From the dark green marbled tables, the cute panda chopstick holders to the adorable outdoor seating area!! The food and drinks are also fairly priced, extensive menu, amazing service. We got quite a few dishes to share - favourite's were the squid, the ribs and the dumplings. The vegan mango sago was amazing, the coconut chantilly was... 😍 Not a fan of the beef shin, menu said home made chilli oil but the sauce tasted tomato-ey and lacked any real depth of flavour. I was not really a fan of the noodles either, a bit too soft and gluggy. I'd probably still come back and try some other dishes on the menu!
Fancied something a little different. The chance to have sichuan cuisine and the website encouraged the visit. We had the Wagyu beef and the Scallop and Prawn Crystal skin dumplings to start. The beef was spicy (we were told beforehand) and was ok, but just that, hot. The Scallop dumpling was very nice but exactly the same as you get at yum cha for 1/3 the price; 4 pieces for $14 is pricey. We chose Sweet and sour cabbage, sichuan crispy squid, and soft shell crab. The cabbage was fresh, but not traditional sweet and sour, not spicy unless you eat the chillies themselves, but quite good nonetheless. The Crab was very good flavour and texture, but lacking the edamame and peanuts it allegedly came with. The squid was awful. No spice at all (sichuan? ,....no way) and wasabi mayonnaise it came with was just a bowl of aioli. Very poor.We mentioned this to our waitress who after asking the chef informed us it was "asian wasabi mayonnaise". That was an insult to our intelligence I Have lived in Japan and regularly use wasabi at home. Drink....my friend had a dark craft beer (forgot name as not listed and no bottle) which was tasty and good. I got talked into having a Cisk Pilsner which was bland and like fizzy yellow water. $120 for all that so not cheap and given the quality not good value. Service was good until we questioned the supposed wasabi mayonnaise whereupon the waitress packed a sad. Overall, had a decent meal, just, hence the 3 rating, but despite an enticing food menu, being treated like a fool for questioning a dish and the lack of choice for alcohol beverages (not everyone wants craft beer) we won't going back.
I ordered shrimp dumplings and the grilled veggies, just amazing. The best dumpling I ever had. I just don't give 5 stars because the price is a little bit too much. But definitely it is a must to go in Parnell, the restaurant itself has a beautiful Asian decoration and I really enjoyed the experience.