17 July 2011

MJ's Eating House: Asian Cuisine, CBD Sydney (13 July 2011)

77 Bathurst Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9283 9283


Nicer inside than expected

A late lunch brings me to venture into this hole-in-the-wall entry to discover a much spacious seating area inside. The simple aluminium tables and lightweight chairs are kept clean and the service staff are friendly and welcoming. They even brought me my cutlery to the table while waiting for my order. There’s plenty of choices on the menu except they didn’t have a Malaysian Char Tway Teow I was after so I opted for the Stir Fried Beef Noodle ($10). It’s flavoursome, the meat is tender and it’s a generously sized dish to keep me happy. It could have perhaps at bit more char to the noodles for some extra smokiness but it was decent enough. The menu is a bit more expensive than your usual food court eatery but it’s cooked to order and the surroundings are probably more relaxing too — although I have been here during peak hour lunch time. The $1 bag of prawns crackers might be a must to share next time. There’s a customer toilet available although some paper towels or hand dryer would be much more preferable than the single hand towel available.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW:
PROS: Friendly service, Clean seating area, Customer toilet available, Fair amount of seating inside
CONS: A bit more expensive than your usual food court eatery, Tacky and noisy light-weight aluminum chairs and tables
MUST TRY: Revisiting to try other dishes on the menu to compare with other places like the Chicken Laksa ($9.80), Hainanese Chicken Rice ($11), Wonton Noodle Soup ($8.50) and Crispy Skin Chicken ($11)

Stir Fried Beef Noodle ($10)

Service counter and menu

Straw dispenser with dog photo and $1 bags of prawn crackers


Seating





Menu

Condiments and magazines

Customer toilet available although paper towels or a hand dryer would be better than a single hand towel I think

Outside street entrance


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6 comments:

joey@FoodiePop said...

Love the straw dispenser with dog photo!

Anonymous said...

Actually, number 26 on the menu is the "char kway teow" you were looking for.

Simon Leong said...

hi joey, one of the service staff actually cut it out of a magazine to put in there hehe

hi anonymous, I was looking at that one but i think the service lady said it was curry based a bit like singapore noodles. might have to try anyway next time to double check :-)

Anonymous said...

OMG. It's gone already and replaced by some Indonesian place. Anyone know where the MJ's people have gone? I hope they're setting up shop somewhere else!

Simon Leong said...

hi anonymous, seriously? what's happening to these little places. Reminds me of when I posted The Goood Pizza and the next week they disappeared http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com/2011/07/goood-pizza-pizza-by-slice-martin-place.html I'll keep a look out for MJ's

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Simon. I really hope one of us finds them. I'm absolutely gutted that they're gone as I adored their char kway teow. I work nearby in Darling Park and it was my soulfood. Let's hope they open up again somewhere under the same name, otherwise I'll have no idea how to track them down. Good luck!

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