The winner of the Best Chinese Restaurant in SA in 2014, House of Chow Restaurant along Hutt Street is a great place to enjoy a wide range of delicious Chinese food. Service is quite efficient with our food not taking long to come to our table after we placed our order.
Their Salt and Pepper Beans, Eggplant and Mushroom is notable for the batter used to coat the vegetables being somewhat similar to the Japanese dish Tempura. This light and airy batter allowed the fresh taste of the vegetables to come through. We particularly liked the mushrooms, which were very juicy. The eggplant and green beans were lovely too and still had a bite to them. The salt and pepper seasoning was not too salty, and also had a bit of spice from the inclusion of chilli.
Salt and Pepper Beans, Eggplant and Mushrooms (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We liked the generous size of the fish fillets used in their Sizzling Fillets of Fish in Szechuan Sauce. The crispy coating set off the flaky flesh nicely. The sauce was of the right consistency to ensure that the fish fillets batter coating did not become too soggy. The degree of spiciness of the dish was similar to that of a Szechuan dish.
Sizzling Fillet of Fish in Szechuan Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the various dishes served in a hot pot, the chicken in the Dried Chilli Soya Bean Chicken was tender. This dish contains Chinese sausage, a sweet tasting ingredient that is often featured in Chinese fried rice. The soybean sauce gave the dish a delectable savoury flavour and a bit of bite was provided by the dried chilli.
Dried Chilli Soya Bean Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Deboned for easy eating, the duck in their Shanghai Deep Fried Duck was cooked just right with the batter coating being a good contrast to the flesh. Served alongside the duck was a mushroom sauce, which had a good quantity of mushrooms to lend its distinctive flavour to the sauce.
Shanghai Deep Fried Duck (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant gave it a slightly formal feel, with the marine aquarium not too far from the entrance setting off the scene. This restaurant has an ambience that is appropriate for business and formal dining.