A sunday family lunch out at Bamboo Basket turned out really well. Now that there is temporary undercover parking at $8 for the first 3 hrs, made it less of a hassle to dine at Southbank. We passed the peak lunch hour and scored the biggest 10-seater round table with a lazy susan...perfect for a feast of dishes, which was exactly what we had-a banquet for 6 adults!
Bamboo Basket has a decent wine & beer list for an Asian restaurant. Do try the Tsingtao or the Lucky China beers on offer! Okay I shall cut to the chase, onto the food first before commenting on everything else. First up, we had a cold dish of....
|Cold chicken w mung bean noodles|
|Pork loin in bean sauce|
|Wrappers for pork loin dish|
|Spring roll in the making....|
|Shanghai prawn wantons|
The Prawn wantons were like gold ingots, sitting prettily with a sweet chilli sauce. They were very crispy with generous chunks of prawns in a spring onion/ chive mix.
|Crispy Peking chicken|
|Crispy skin duck|
|Chef's Special- Soy braised pork belly|
This dish was a real favourite with everyone at the table and this is why... Big meaty chunks of belly pork that has been braised to melting tenderness. I know most places have a soy braised pork but what sets this apart is the gravy. It has the usual sweet soy and subtle star anise flavours but there is other ingredient/s, we can't make out that makes this sauce different and so much better. Highly recommended!
|Steamed flower buns|
Soft pillows of steamed 'mantous' great for mopping up all those delicious gravy!
|Fresh in-house dumplings|
|Bamboo Basket 'snack' menu|
There is also a special lunch menu, great for those ordering a'la carte and with our experience, we would think it is good value for money! Miss food hunter likes the use of red textures in the interior decor, especially the modern red pendant lightings which really sets it apart from a typical chinese restaurant. Nice! Would we return? A definite YES, there are many more items to be had!
PS. Thanks to Mr food hunter's brother & sister-in-law and their little one for this wonderful meal!!
Shop 1003-1004 189 Grey street
Opens daily lunch & dinner