I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published July 29th 2014
When I first saw the sign for Bellygod I thought it said Bellygood, which seemed like a good omen. But while I'm pretty new to Asian cuisine and don't know what some of the dishes should be like in the first place, Bellygod did not live up to my expectations.
When I stepped inside the store, the atmosphere of the place was very promising. There hadn't been much to entice me from the outside, but I found it was actually warm and friendly inside. It was also bigger than I had expected for a store that also does take away. The tables were all empty but I visited on a Sunday at lunchtime when nothing else was open, so Bellygod gets points for offering a dining option when few of its neighbours did.
It didn't take me long to choose my dish--Seafood and Vegetables--despite the menu having quite a range(there's [Bover sixty options[/B]). My companion took a little longer but eventually settled on Chicken Satay Mild (NDL). I asked for no oyster sauce on my meal (which might have been a mistake in hindsight) and we took our seats.
Our meals came out very quickly. In fact, the service was the fastest I've ever had, which was nice considering the parking outside is for only an hour. However, when we asked for water to go with our meal we were surprised to find we were turned down and told we would have to buy a bottle, which is something I haven't experienced before. I guess I take it for granted that free water is available anywhere and this is the first time I've had to accept that establishments don't actually have to give you any.
Both the meals my companion and I received were very generous in their size, particularly for the price (mine was $11.50). There was a great variety of both vegies and seafood in my dish too. In fact, it probably would have been very good if not for the result of my request for no sauce. I don't really know how anything got cooked or what ended up on it in the end but the meal was very slimy. Whatever happened, it was not what I had hoped I would get.
My companion's verdict on her dish was similarly average, but again that was not necessarily a reflection of Bellygod. As far as she could tell, the chicken was not really chicken and she wished there was more of a variety in the vegies she got (and just more in general). Her sauce also started congealing very quickly on her plate. However, she did advise me that such a meal is to be expected of many places.
My experience of Bellygod may have been vastly different if the communication had worked better but I found the staff difficult to understand and with little interest in clarifying what they thought I was saying. One way around this issue may be to order online, a convenient option that can have your dishes delivered straight to your door (the website advertises an hour wait) or available for a quick pick-up.
Usually the dish you ordered should come with rice ... it's a bit weird to have that on its own. Either way the dish doesn't look too great. Also as a Malaysian, I was surprised that most Aussie restaurants offer free water to customers, as I'm so used to having to pay for it back home, haha!