A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published February 11th 2018
Fine Chinese in a Canada Bay Corner
Hidden away in the Canada Bay Club is a lavish Chinese restaurant of 30 years. It makes an ideal place to relax and get together with family and friends over a great selection of fragrant dishes to share. A showcase of this delicious cuisine was savoured here at Baysia a few weekends ago - from both the sea and the land.
How do dumplings sound? Or what about a good steamed fish? Or sizeable serves of chicken or duck infused with sweet and savoury flavours? Baysia's menu boasts a long list of dishes of varying degrees of spiciness. Of course, you're always welcome to ask for chilli sauce, or chilli in soy, if you want to take things up a notch.
The club's influence in the restaurant, including its amenities, mean a clean sophistication is maintained along with comfort and a high standard of service. A bar in the restaurant extends the club's selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to dine-in guests. A good variety of wines by the glass are on offer to accompany your meal. We enjoyed a nice Pinot Grigio.
Good setting for groups - long tables, booths, and round tables on offer
First to be ordered was a Barramundi fish from the tank ($60). We were looking forward to our exquisite treat and Baysia delivered. You can have it fried or steamed - we went the latter, with the fish being done in ginger and shallots. The taste was fresh, as expected, lightly flavoured so the fish remained the hero, and the consistency was soft but held together without falling apart too easily.
We ordered an array of other dishes to begin on before the fish. To start was a prawn stir fry with mixed vegetables and Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce, and a fried salt and pepper tofu. Not quite as silken as Japanese tofu, it was delicate on the inside and barely crisp on the outside. It was a moreish melt in the mouth experience, not to mention really tasty. I loved the little kick from the chilli.
Colourful assortment on my plate - salt & pepper tofu, prawn stir fry, and Kway Teow
In the mix, which I should say was a field day for the palate, we also had Kway Teow - a Malaysian style dish done the Chinese way in this case. Flat white rice noodles, minus the black soy sauce, with hints of flavour from pieces of onion, sprouts, carrots, prawns and other ingredients throughout.
Finally came a favourite of mine: ShanTung Chicken. Tender chicken pieces with a crisp salted skin sat in a sweetened sauce. Each bite juicy, and my idea of heaven, with an extra touch of spice. Luckily the serve was quite generous meaning lots to go around and lots to take home for an indulgent round two.
We left the Canada Bay Club happy customers. To top it off, prices are reasonable. For seven of us sharing these dishes plus drinks it came to about $40/head. For those who are members of the club, you can use your card for discounts and treat the kids to a free feed on Mondays.