Western Sydney writer, trier of new things and lover of food
Published August 19th 2014
That ‘70s Restaurant
Bow's Restaurant has been around for many, many years and is a well-known Chinese eatery in the Blacktown area. It has been the go-to restaurant for my relatives whenever a good, cheap and yummy meal is in order. Whilst it is not the kind of place you'd take your date to for a romantic night out, or the kind of place you'd take friends to for fine dining, it is a good place to go if you are looking to feed the family at affordable prices with menu items that will please everyone.
Recently I took my partner here for a quick lunch and he was immediately amused by the 1970s décor. The carpet was musty green, the tables a faded yellow; the chairs matched the carpet's colour and there were brown wooden panelling all along the walls. It was kind of like stepping into the Brady Bunch living room (I half-expected Alice to come out and take our order). What he found most amusing was the brown 1970s-style air-conditioner covered with a garish red poster with a gold Chinese character written on it (which apparently meant "luck" or "fortune").
Although we both found the décor amusing, we were pleased with the menu items and their prices. The food is typical of what you'd find in a suburban Chinese Restaurant, with the average dish costing $12. A kindly older Chinese lady took our order, and since there weren't many people dining in that day (there were only about 5 people including us), the service was fast and the dishes were well sized. We ordered Mongolian chicken, beef with ginger and shallots and special fried rice. They didn't have an extensive dessert menu (but then again, suburban Chinese restaurants are not exactly where you'd go for decadent desserts) so we opted out.
The food was delicious and very, very filling, and I especially liked the Mongolian chicken with the sweet-sticky sauce. The beef with ginger and shallots had a nice, fresh gingery tang, and the special fried rice had enough prawns to please us both. We didn't end up eating everything as it was much more than enough for two people, so the lady gave us a take-away container to put our leftovers in. Altogether, we paid just under $40 for our dishes (plus drinks). The restaurant also does takeaways.