Address: 10A Dixon St Sydney, NSW
Tel: (02) 9426 4888
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SenoritaLay, FitnessFanatic and I caught up at a popular restaurant in Chinatown, Old Town.
Located towards the Town Hall side of Dixon Street, it is opposite N2 Extreme Gelato (perfect for dessert afterwards).
SenoritaLay had been here before and had told us that it was pretty good. Having done my research beforehand, I was looking forward to trying out the delicious BBQ Pork Buns and noodles on offer.
My first impression of Old Town was that it was a modern taken on a Chinese restaurant. It was dimly lit, giving it an intimate feel, and had a glass cabinet of Asian sweets by the door and BBQ duck and pork hanging at the back of the restaurant.
As I got there before the others, I took a seat at one of the wooden tables (sort of like picnic tables), and ordered a Coconut Mango with QQ Jelly drink.
The drink look interesting with a white, orange and red concoction at the bottom and a thick orange mango puree on top.
It was cold and refreshing, perfect for this particularly hot day, and I liked the mix of milky and chewy jelly at the bottom.
When the girls finally arrived, we had a look through the menu and found it a bit too difficult to decide on what to get.
Old Town has a lot of options to choose from, from yum cha style dishes to full plates of noodles, soups and stir-fries.
We each chose one dish to try, and soon ordered our meals.
While service was not particularly friendly (perhaps due to the language barrier?), it was quite fast.
Our food came out quickly, although not all at once.
First up were the delicious BBQ Pork Buns and Peking Duck Buns ($6.80 for two).
The buns were soft, with that delicious almost uncooked dough that the Chinese seem to love so much. The pork and duck was juicy and tender, well-presented and plentiful for the size of the buns.
The Green Beans came out next. With a delicious hit of spice, they were crunchy and fresh. Perfect to nibble on between bites of the other dishes.
Following the beans, we had a cool pancake-style dumpling – basically dumplings with batter poured around a pan to give a cool shape.
The dumplings were moist and tender and the pancake was crispy and crunchy, giving a perfect contrast.
The dish was quite nice, but I did not enjoy the sauce which was a little too sour for my liking. A simple soy would have been great.
We ordered the usual Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (my choice), and they did not disappoint. There were three, perfect for sharing between our trio.
The buns were light and fluffy like clouds, and the filling was the typical sweet yet savoury BBQ pork mince. As always, I really enjoyed these Pork Buns and gobbled mine down!
Finally, FitnessFanatic’s noodles came out. They were seafood egg noodles with prawn, shallots, onion and cabbage.
They were very oily and slippery- quite difficult to eat with chopsticks, and weren’t very flavoursome. Despite this, the serving was generous and the seafood was cooked through.
Other dishes I have tried on subsequent occasions include:
Peking Duck Pancakes
Overall, not a bad experience and would come here again to try out some of the other dishes. Pretty good value for money as the meal ended up costing each of us about $25.
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 4.5
- Food- 7
- Ambience- 6
- Value – 7.5