Located right next to Dandenong Plaza, San Yuan is a family run restaurant specializing in Xinjiang Northern Chinese cuisine.
Just like the multitude of Asian restaurants in Melbourne, the place is always bustling and packed with people whenever open. San Yuan enjoys a loyal clientele; a no frills place which focuses on good food and good customer service.
I have been here plenty of times but never really thought of doing a review till recently. I have always enjoyed the dishes and it has always been a warm and welcoming experience to dine here.
Since there’s a constant flow of customers in and out, you are likely to find a place even on busy nights but if you are in a large group, I would strongly recommend making a reservation.
We were greeted within seconds at the door and seated comfortably by the hostess. Expect a lot of bustle and animated chattering from all around; the place is meant for families and friends to have a great time over good food. Not the place for a candlelight dinner!
The portions are huge so remember this while ordering; the food is clearly meant to be shared. I remember the first time we were here, we ordered way too much and the staff did tell us that it would be more than necessary for us. But I wanted takeaway so went ahead and ordered but if you do not desire that, do order accordingly.
As soon as we were seated, the menus arrived along with a pot of Chinese tea. There are a few soft drinks and beverages on offer but as far as alcohol goes, it is BYO.
We began the meal with steamed dumplings (prawn with spring onions and pork mince). Delicious dumplings with a good amount of filling and quite flavourful. Above average but not the best I have eaten.
Next we ordered sautéed spicy pork slices with vegetables which is served with mini buns. Totally delicious and a must try here. The mini buns are soft and pillowy making it a perfect carrier for the spicy pork. The meat is tender, cooked perfectly and stir fried with crunchy veggies.
The next dish to arrive at the table was stir fried handmade noodles with lamb and vegetables. Those who are familiar with Xinjiang cuisine would know how delicious the handmade noodles from this region is. The dish was packed with flavour and every strand of noodle was coated with the juices from the lamb, veggies and the sauces. Again, highly recommended.
The final dish was sizzling king prawns with vegetables. I love the drama of a sizzle when it arrives at the table and this one delivered on all counts. Delicious, perfectly cooked, succulent king size prawns mildly spiced accompanied with flavourful and crunchy vegetables. Loved it and totally recommend it especially if you have kids.
Overall a delicious and satisfying experience; one that I am more than glad to visit again.
My rating: 8/10
San Yuan Chinese Restaurant
8-10 McCrae Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3175
Phone no: (03) 9793 2886
Monday: 11.00am-3.00pm / 4.00pm-9.00pm
Tuesday: 11.00am-3.00pm / 4.00pm-9.00pm
Thursday: 11.00am-3.00pm / 4.00pm-9.00pm
Friday: 11.00am-3.00pm / 4.00pm-9.00pm
Saturday: 11.00am-3.00pm / 4.00pm-9.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am-3.00pm / 4.00pm-9.00pm
Disclaimer – Not a sponsored post; all the food and drinks were paid for by me.