It goes without saying that one would be overwhelmed when it comes to the number of Asian themed restaurants that are peppered all across the Melbourne CBD.
I have had my fair share of good and bad experiences when it comes to dining at Asian restaurants (and I am not talking just Chinese, but the whole of Asia). But I have to admit that these are the best when you want to have a quick meal if shopping or strolling in the vicinity.
And it is one such shopping trip that landed me at Zhen Hong Restaurant on Russell St. Most of the Asian restaurants in the CBD have the menu card stuck on the outside window; helps when you are on the lookout to eat something in particular or within a fixed budget range or even to get an idea of the kind of dishes to expect inside.
I couldn’t be bothered to scan the menu but I did peep inside to find out if there were empty seats and also to check out the ambience. I wanted a quick meal yet; I did not want to eat in one of the crowded, dingy, noisy places too.
Zhen Hong was pleasant in that way; there were customers but not crowded enough to make the atmosphere noisy. I liked the setting; calm, peaceful with a distinct feel of the Orient. Sorry there aren’t any pictures; I wasn’t thinking with my ‘food blogger’ cap on!
All that we had time for was a quick meal and so this is a quick review too!
The menu was quite elaborate and there’s plenty to choose from. There are also quite a few combos and discount offers especially at lunch time.
From the dumpling list, we picked up chicken and prawn steamed dumplings. It was a rather average dumpling; enjoyable but lacking the flavour punch.
There was a lemon chicken on the menu which caught our attention. While taking down the order, the waitress asked us if we wanted lemon chicken or and I promptly said lemon fish. So, I am not sure if this is on the menu but if it is, do try it out by all means. In a word, delicious! The best lemon fish I have ever had. The lemony tang was so obvious but without overtaking the fish which was just cooked to perfection.
We then ordered chicken fried rice with pineapple but asked them to ditch the pineapple. So it was a regular chicken fried rice; again an average dish.
And the last main we ordered was the Schezuan spicy fish which was served with steamed rice. It was a good dish but far from spicy (at least for me!). Really couldn’t pick up any heat from the peppercorns but it was a flavourful dish though not true to the name.
So that ends our meal at Zhen Hong. It was a mixed experience and I might need to try out more dishes to reach a final conclusion. I don’t think I am going to actively seek out the place but if I am in the vicinity, I am definitely hopping in…at least for the lemon fish.
Zhen Hong Restaurant
191 Russell Street
Phone no: 03 9650 8815
Sun – Thurs: 11am to 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am to 2am
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