180-182 Liverpool Road, Enfield NSW 2136
Phone: (02) 9747 4625
Phone: (02) 9747 4625
Peking around Enfield
Thanks to Richard for organising a casual dinner catchup with some other fun-loving foodies Amy, Josh, Rhonda, Marlina and Olivia. The unassuming Good Luck Chinese Restaurant located next door to a petrol service station has been on my wish list for a long time which was originally recommended to me by a friend who loves their pre-ordered Peking Duck. Entering the restaurant is like entering Dr Who's tardis — it's deceptively larger inside than you'd think.
The main dish which possibly everyone comes here for is the Peking Duck Pancakes and duck soup ($60) which could nicely serve 6-8 people as a starter. The head is ceremoniously cut in two for those loving a bit of head inners (not for me) and the meat is fairly moist although it's sliced in a way which includes a bit of skin. I was more expecting the skin to be sliced off in crispy slivers and the meat served separately. The overall crispiness of the skin could have been better for my liking but it was decent enough. Be sure to separate your pancakes which seem to be stuck in twos. It was funny how we wondered why the pancakes were quite thick until we realised this. The duck soup had a nice depth of flavour served with cabbage and mostly duck bone left overs — apparently they don't do Sang Choy Bow. I liked the Yellow croaker in chili sauce ($22) which had quite a bit of flavour and the skin was quite crispy in parts which was what I was hoping for. The Sauté lamb and shallot with cumin and chili ($17.50) certainly had a curry taste to it and a bit of a heat kick. I really enjoyed the Chinese pastry ($2 each) apparently also known as Sher Ping pancakes. They were fairly large in size with a very tasty filling — I'd happily order again.
The decor and seating is simple although the touches of cheesy posters and wall decorations covered in plastic gives that air of tackiness — each to their own. Ordering was a little comical as it seemed speaking English was sometimes met with blank and confused looks depending on who you got. It was like we were unwittingly speaking an exotic foreign language they couldn't understand although they were helpful and friendly. Tonight the restaurant was filled with Asians being a good sign and Richard was the only full Anglo — he did a great job ordering for us with his list of recommendations from a colleague whose a regular.
Other reviews of Good Luck Chinese Restaurant:
PROS: Reasonably priced, Friendly service although ordering in English sometimes was met with blank and confused expressions, Tasty and interesting dishes
CONS: A bit of lost in translation service, Wall decorations covered in plastic, Cheesy poster (but could be a good thing too), Only cake of soap in toilet
MUST TRY: Chinese pastry, Peking Duck Pancakes to compare to others you've tried, Other dishes from the menu
Peking Duck head is split into two in case you love eating the head I guess — not for me
Slice of Peking Duck with meat and skin
Peking Duck pancake with hoisin sauce, shallot and cucumber
Sauté lamb and shallot with cumin and chili ($17.50)
SIMON FAVOURITE :-)
Bill $130.50 for 7 people is pretty cheap — not sure what the $4 and $6 was for but possibly suspecting for extra serves of pancakes and maybe tea?
Plastic wrapped wall images — very tacky
A very cheesy Tsingtao Beer poster — does this mean only tanned Aussies that own expensive boats that drive around the Circular Quay ferry wharf drink it?
They need to upgrade their cake of soap in the toilet :-(
Apparently the Peking Duck ceremonious cutting table as you walk in
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