Recently opened, Eastern Garden Chinese Restaurant within the Hoyts cinema complex in Norwood is a place where you can enjoy delicious yum cha. The place was already quite popular, with a crowd of a decent size when we visited.
Among the dishes we ordered were the three dishes considered to be the "benchmark" of a good yum cha restaurant - Prawn Dumplings, Shu Mai and BBQ Pork Buns. Both the Prawn Dumplings and Shu Mai were enjoyable to eat with juicy fillings complemented by a wrapper that was not too thick. The filling of the BBQ Pork Buns had a good amount of flavour and the bun was light and fluffy.
Shu Mai (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Prawn Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
BBQ Pork Buns (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A dish that my father likes to order, the Bean Curd Rolls had a generous amount of vegetables which gave them a slightly chewy texture and the bean curd wrappers were not too tough. The sauce coating the bean curd rolls provided moisture and imparted a savoury flavour to the dish. Those that want to give their dim sum a bit of kick can dip them in the chilli sauce that is served alongside them.
Bean Curd Rolls (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Though we found the large pieces of their Salt and Pepper Squid to be a bit chewy, it still had a lovely crisp coating and the salt and pepper seasoning included some chilli to provide a bit of spice. The squid was surprisingly delicious when eaten together with the chilli sauce provided with their dumplings.
Salt and Pepper Squid (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We were delighted by the generous size of their Prawn Balls. The coating of crispy deep-fried shredded wonton wrappers provided a wonderful contrast to the succulent minced prawn filling. Sweet and sour sauce was served with the Prawn Balls for extra flavour. It is best to eat the Prawn Balls slowly as the coating can make eating them a bit messy.
Prawn Balls (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
As the restaurant was offering Durian Puffs, we could not resist ordering them. To our delight, they proved to be as yummy as the ones served at the now-closed Hanson Palace restaurant. The wonderful flaky pastry set off the generous durian filling that was not too sweet.
Durian Puffs (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant had the feel of a formal Chinese restaurant. Eastern Garden is a convenient place to enjoy yum cha as there are lots of off-street parking spaces in the Hoyts cinema car park. Parking is also free if you dine at Eastern Garden because the restaurant will validate your parking ticket.