Thursday, 18 June 2009

Crown Palace

Ashley to Jessica Simpson. Miley to Billy Ray Cyrus. Enrique to Julio Iglesias. It must be a tough thing to carve out an identity of your own following the shadows of the past. Much like Crown Palace, having taken over from long time Vermont South Chinese restaurant stalwart Han Palace.

Much like the name, the adjustments are small, gone is the pastal pink paint now orange, the old metal framed vinyl and cloth replaced with black pleather, the imperial chandelier and round tabletops remain. The food also hasn’t changed too much, and not much different to the Rock Kungs, Glen Waverley BBQs and Ocean Kings of this part of the forest (pretty normal Chinese cuisine). Roast pork ok, skin crispy, the whole fish steamed in a typical soy, ginger, green onion dressing, fried chicken ribs has that Asian oiliness with a Vietnamese inspired dipping sauce.

Hard to change a proven formula and there’s little evidence that Crown Palace has is willing to deviate. Call it old school, but that’s alright because I’m sure most people in this area miss the Han, as I miss Julio, Jessica and especially Billy Ray.

2.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 495 Burwood Hwy, Vermont South, VIC

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