Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Guang Zhou Lou (Big Gun) - Underwood

Last Thursday was my mothers birthday. Being the traditional that she is, she asked for a proper Chinese dinner. With this in mind, we took her to Big Gun in Underwood in effort to try somewhere outside of Sunnybank.

We arrived to find the restaurant with a couple of tables, but far from full. Menus were provided and we ordered promptly.

Soup of the day was a light pork and carrot broth, which was appetizing, but not very flavoursome. Despite the soup being disappointing, this was really the start of our concerns for that evening. 

After we finished the soup, it was one hour before our food arrived. It didn't help that all of the waitstaff except one waitress seemed confused and disorientated, and there was a very very loud argument emanating from the kitchen. Needless to say, we were very concerned, and almost left because the food took so long.

The first to come out for that evening was the XO sauce, tofu and oyster hot pot. I was quite surprised at the way it was presented, with only tofu and oysters, nothing else. Even the oysters seemed to be tipped onto the side as an afterthought and not really stirred into the dish. Whilst it had a lot of XO sauce, and the oysters were relatively large, I really felt the dish was lacking in basic veges and garnishing which normally hot pots come with.

Our second hot pot of the night was a bit better, being the combination hot pot. Half the pot consisted of tofu, but at least there were other things such as bbq pork, chicken, prawns, cucumber and shallots. Whilst it had some sauce, for a hot pot, it was considerably less than what we usually get.

The highlight of our night was definitely the steamed perch. It was freshly steamed, and the flesh was firm but smooth, and the fish was significantly bigger than the average.

After the very fresh fish, we had the very unfresh salt and pepper prawns. They were unfresh to the extent where the heads had fallen off for the majority (but not all) of the prawns. Whilst they were salty and topped with copious amounts of onion, it was definitely not peppery enough, and whilst most of the flavour was on the shell, very little was able to soak into the flesh.

Our last dish was my most anticipated, but sadly disappointing garlic fried pork chops consisted mainly of bones than they did meat, so much in fact, that once we finished the plate and piled the bones back on, the plate it was almost 70% of the original portion size. My father joked that they probably given the meat to another dish. Whilst it was strong in garlic, it was also quite fatty, which made made me quite disappointed. 

Our meal was concluded with a plate of oranges, which was conveniently placed in front of me, with the waitstaff forgetting to clear our table at all. Needless to say, we left quite unimpressed.

Price Range: $20 - $30 per person

Taste: 4/10
Value: 4/10
Service: 3/10
Environment: 5/10

Guang Zhou Lou Chinese Restaurant 廣州樓 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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