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Golden Century

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For two hours—or as long as it takes for you to consume delicately steamed prawns, luscious mud crab with ginger and shallots, and pipis (triangular clams) with black-bean sauce—you might as well be in Hong Kong. This place is heaven for seafood lovers, with wall-to-wall fish tanks filled with crab, lobster, abalone, and schools of barramundi, parrot fish, and coral trout. You won't have to ask if the food is fresh: most of it is swimming around you as you eat. Come for the big-ticket seafood or a simple meal of deep-fried duck. Supper is served until 4 am so it's popular with late-night revelers. It's not the prettiest of places and service can be hit and miss, but it has a legion of fans. Make a reservation for early in the evening, otherwise you'll encounter a long queue.

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Updated: 01-15-2014

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    The worst experience I ever get from a Chinese restaurant in a metro city. Extremely overpriced for a restaurant with no decor, full of noise and lousy service.

    My boyfriend and I visited the restaurant on boxing day. A$140+ for a kg of lobster. To be fair, the lobster dish is ok, but just because you can't go wrong if the ingredient is fresh. Trust me, you can get better culinary skills at one-third of that price at a very decent restaurant in Hong Kong, Vancouver, Toronto, LA, San Francisco, London, any big city you can think of. Around A$30 for a dish of Saute shrimps. Just a few shrimps with onion (which was not even properly cooked). We also ordered a dish of fried vegetables at the price of A$15. For the same kind of price, you can order the same at the Chinese restaurant of Grand Hyatt. Not to mention it's totally tasteless, the presentation was horrible. Looked like they have dropped the vegetable on the floor right before serving, hence quickly dump it back on the plate.

    When the waitor presented the dishes, they wouldn't even put them properly on the table, but just placed it on the edge of the table and expected the customers themselves to move the dishes around.

    The total amount to A$210, where you can get better food, better culinary skills and absolutely better service at anywhere in the world for a Chinese dinner for two.

    The most interesting (ridiculous) thing happened at the end...when the waitor presented the bill, he put a tent card on the table demanding for tips!!! But presenting a couldn't-care-less attitude all along.

    As a Chinese, I just hope non-Chinese will not expect that's the average standard of Chinese restaurants these days.

    by ladolcevita, 1/6/10

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