A friend invited us to Ming Room. At first, I hesitated. I don’t think there’s really any good & authentic Chinese restaurants in Adelaide, or as far as I have tasted in my 10 years living in this city. I have explored a few Chinese restaurants in Melbourne and have liked a few such as Flower Drum, Lau’s Family Kitchen and Hutong Dumpling Bar. Each has their own specialties and provides a upper-middle or fine dining experience. Glamolicious blog features only uniqueness, launches, privates, fine-dinings, glamorous, exclusives or ultra delicious food – the one thing that got me saying yes to Ming Room: The Emperor’s Bowl, or in Cantonese, it’s called “Poon Choi” (Mandarin is Pen Chai) – A big bowl of fine Chinese food ingredients, think of feasting on abalone, braised sea cucumber and the lot! I haven’t had it before in my life and was advised by my friend that it’s the first ever in Australia (this I have to verify!)
And so we visited Ming Room in late September 2014. Situated on Angas St, a rather quiet and more professional part of the Adelaide CBD, the location will attract more locals that work in the area, rather than the Chinese community. We were pleasantly welcomed by the modern Chinese interior in bold black & red, I love it! We were greeted warmly and seated. I am pleased with the table settings, the place is not noisy and the crowd is certainly not the type we normally get in the typical Chinese restaurants. I’m already enjoying myself now
The wine list arrives with some disappointment, I couldn’t pick out any wine that I want to drink. So we went with the Chinese tea. The co-owner, Mr Kelvin Yeoh, came to explain their menu. Once again, I was disappointed to know that the Emperor’s Bowl was not available However, after hearing what they have to offer for the day, I’m excited again. Here’s what we have feasted on:
I LOVE the smoked tea duck! We can get this at almost any proper Chinese restaurant but Ming Room’s version of the Smoked Tea Duck has brought it to a higher level, the flavours are more intensed, the duck is cooked very well, maintaining its juicy-ness. Next on my likings list is the Tree Of Life! It’s not only the name that is fancy, the presentation of the dish is spectacular, representing a real tree. The crispy shredded leaves is really unique and tasty when you eat them all together. I’m utterly impressed by this dish! One of my guests liked the Oriental Style Minced Pork with Eggplant so so much! Slightly sweeter than the ones we have tasted, the flavours seem to be more out there and went so well with the Ming Room Chef’s Special Fried Rice. I found the Porky Jelly Belly and Golden Prawn Toast to be rather average for a proper Chinese restaurant standard, and the Dim Sim & Soft Shell Crab will have room to improve.
Co-owner Kelvin Yeoh then told us that they just took over the restaurant 2 weeks ago, chefs are learning the menu and they will be looking forward to launch a new menu, that will certainly have the Emperor Bowl. On this note, I have to admit that I was impressed with the standard they have delivered, already got me liking a few things, what Ming Room will be in a couple of months (or even now in November 2014, I have blogged this late, oops!) will almost certainly be sensational! I will be looking forward to return when the new menu is out with a new wine list – gotta see some good Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, I think!
Thanks to Kelvin Yong for the invitation, Kelvin Yeoh for the introduction of Ming Room and the Ming Room’s team for a pleasant dining experience. Leave us a comment below if you have visited Ming Room recently and what you think!