I heard great things about this place, and while I waited (and you will wait if you show up at a peak times) I read the newspaper clippings and reviews they had tacked up on the wall. I went with these retrogradations, picking up the butter beef and garlic fried squid, along with a bowl of noodles to share with my partner.
I was surprised at the lack of the flavour the noodles carried, which was only lessened by the broth it was coupled with. The meat in the dish was just dry and tasteless. We usually savour prawns, but the pair we got went unfinished.
The butter beef was what butter beef is, but again, rode a middle ground. The garlic was delightfully crunchy.
The fried squid was fried in a matter that created good texture, but the flavour lacked a full rounded punch and the portion was questionable. We ordered a full order and were charged for it, but I can't help but wonder if we got the half order. Either way, it was the only plate at our table that was gone.
I suppose the main letdown was the price. The apparent "value" I've heard coupled with this meal just wasn't present with most dishes passing the $15 price point.
The door staff are overwhelmed, so I forgive them for being short and simply missing taking down our name the first time. The actually table staff were very polite thought. I enjoyed being looked upon as an individual in such a busy establishment.