Quality Cantonese cuisine awaits you at Randwick’s latest eatery, Zhu Canton.
The latest addition to this suburb’s thriving Asian restaurant scene is Zhu Canton. Having recently made a home for themselves in the newly renovated Randwick Club, this 280-seat restaurant brings a slice of southern Chinese cuisine to Sydney.
Zhu is a cavernous, open plan space occupying the entire third floor of the Randwick Club. It includes a long bar, perfect for some pre-dinner drinks. An open kitchen gives you the chance to watch the chefs live in action, whilst a casual dining space is set up for yum cha and a private dining area is designed for big groups and functions.
We visited only recently, a weeks after the official opening. Seated at a table by the window, we ordered a pot of jasmine tea and admired the view of the city. Although we steered clear of alcohol, there’s a extensive selection of wine, beer and spirits begging to be taken advantage of.
For entrees, we had our eyes (and stomaches) on the peking puck pancakes, but unfortunately the last serving of duck had already been served. We settled for Chicken Sang Choy Bow ($7.50 for 2 pieces) and home-made spring rolls ($6.80) instead. The san choy bow was fresh and tasty, and the portion size just right. The vegetarian spring rolls were stand-out. We recommend doubling up on these rather than the meat option.
For mains, the menu certainly gives a wide breadth of choice. We settled on the garlic butter king prawns ($23.80) which came served on a sizzling hot plate. The prawns were cooking right before our eyes! The prawns were delicious, juicy and profuse with garlic flavour. Unlike a lot of Aussie-Chinese food, this dish wasn’t too heavy and greasy. Zhu Canton also offers a range of live and fresh seafood dishes such as Mud Crab, Murray Cod and Baby Abalone prepared and cooked to liking at market price.
For a side of greens we decided to be a bit more adventurous and ordered seasonal vegetables Lo-Hon style ($16.80). According to the restaurant manager Keith, Lo-Hon is a well known style of dish in Buddhist cuisine traditionally enjoyed by Buddhist vegetarian monks. Like the monks, we too relished the dish!
Looking to make the most of your visit to Zhu? Be sure to make an earlier reservation to get some of that peking duck! One things for sure, we’ll definitely be back. The food was tasty, fresh and the prices reasonable. The space is huge and the dishes are all better shared, so it’s great for a larger group. Next time we’re going to come for yum cha brunch to try some of their touted BBQ Pork Buns.
Zhu Canton, The Randwick Club, 135 Alison Road, Randwick, www.zhucanton.com.au
Tuesday – Thursday 11:00am – 3:00pm & 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm & 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm & 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm & 5:30pm – 10:00pm