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Dragon Boat Chinese Restaurant

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by Cora Hodges (subscribe)
Freelance Law student in Melbourne.
Published September 11th 2011
The Dragon Boat Chinese Restaurant, located as part of the Knox Ozone precinct, is the perfect location to satisfy the Chinese Craving.

Everything about this restaurant is LARGE. From the size of dining room, to the serving portions, the restaurant provides diners with an overwhelming experience.

Dragon Boat

The menu itself is an expansive array of Chinese cuisine, providing diners with a vast selection of dishes to choose from. The dishes themselves, while not being of extremely high quality that could be obtained elsewhere, is still very satisfactory. The prices, however, could be perceived by some to be a bit high for the quality being served (all dishes hovering between the $17 -$35 range). However, the size of the dishes - a generous quantity - more than made up for any dissatisfaction. Some of the dishes are served with flair, as they are cooked next to the diners on a little portable cart. This is extremely entertaining for diners to watch.

The dining room itself is an extensive array of tables, stretching almost as far as the eye can see. This, on a busy Saturday night, creates the obvious problem of large amounts of noise, which in turn creates an issue of struggling to hear ones' dining partner's conversation.

The service, in many cases, could be considered to be not as satisfactory as could be expected. For example, after being led to the table by the host, he expected our drink orders immediately, before we'd even had a chance to open our menus. Then, after scrabbling around for a drink to order, it took another 15 minutes before a waiter remembered to take our dinner orders, and then another 40 minutes before the food appeared. While this could, by some more generous patrons, be attributed to the fact that we attended at 7pm on a busy Saturday night, to others, it seems a bit extreme and disappointing. Luckily we had left 1.5 hours to dine before seeing a movie.

Thus, although not a 100% satisfactory dining experience, I would return again. The advantages outweighed the disadvantages, and still managed to provide an enjoyable dining experience. Perfect for either that more casual dinner with friends where you want to spoil yourselves, or for that more special occasion.
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Where: Knox Ozone
Cost: $17-$35
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