Location: Shop 4, 5/11 Kennedy St, Kingston ACT 2604
Phone: (02) 6260 7555
Two posts in one night. Looks like the blog drought has ended.
With some entertainment cards in hand and a need to catch up, we headed to China Plate for dinner.
We started with two entrees, mostly because E insisted they were must-haves...
|Peking duck pancake|
The pancakes were nice but pretty standard. The duck was a little on the dry side, but had a good overall flavour. The pancakes were a little too delicate that mine started to fall apart (although that might be a result of the chef putting together the wraps before the pancakes had time to cool down - they were piping hot). Perhaps I just have higher expectations than most.
|Shanghai dumplings (XLBs)|
The XLBs. Well, I resent them being called dumplings for a start, because technically they are buns. If E hadn't been there before, I would have just dismissed that item on the menu as regular dumplings. The wrapper was a little thicker than usual. That said, the filling was tasty, and there was actually some beautiful broth inside. The gingery vinegar sauce was a nice zingy accompaniment.
But it was the mains that really impressed. Five people, four mains. It's your typical n - 1 rule.
|cumin seeds spicy flavoured lamb|
|honey pepper beef ribs|
Who could say no to beef ribs. Cooked on the bone to keep the meat tender, the bite sized pieces of beef rib were smothered in a sweet and peppery sticky sauce that just left you wanting more.
|eggplant with spicy salt|
This one was a little controversial. Some enjoyed it, others found it a little insubstantial. I personally found it tasted like deep-fried air. Tasty deep-fried air, but still just air. Chunkier pieces of eggplant might have resolved that issue.
|chicken green curry|
|three kinds of mushroom with seasonal vegetables|
And lastly, we decided to order one deep fried ice-cream with chocolate topping to share between four.
|deep-fried ice-cream with chocolate sauce|
I've had this a couple of times in different restaurants, and actually really enjoyed this one. The batter on the outside was thin and crispy with almost a biscuit-like texture. It provided a nice textured contrast to the ice-cream. A nice sweet finish to the meal.
Overall Impression: 9/10