Sitting proudly in a busy Cabramatta side street amongst the Asian grocery stores and train commuters is the Iron Chef Chinese Seafood Restaurant, which is my absolute favourite place for yum cha in Sydney.
Iron Chef is a large bustling restaurant open 7 days a week for yum cha as well as offering an extensive a la carte menu for dinner. It is a popular spot for weddings and other functions for the Asian community.
Waiters dressed in gold jackets scoot around getting pots of tea while the ladies push trolleys laden with stacks of bamboo steamer baskets and yummy plates of fried offerings. Weekday lunches are slightly quieter than the weekends and can therefore offer slightly better service. Saturday and Sundays can be crazy busy so you either need to get there early or expect to wait for a table. This restaurant seats 600 so that just goes to show how popular it is.
The chefs are very experienced in the art of Asian cooking having been trained in Canton, Hong Kong and Guangzhou and offer delicacies influenced by Cantonese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines. The partially open kitchen allows diners to see some of their food being prepared.
My personal favourites include the salt and pepper white bait, the taro dumplings and the barbecue pork pies, while my children adore the cha sui pork, fried squid and egg tarts.
I've been recommended the chickens feet by friends but haven't been that adventurous myself just yet and the Peking duck always looks inviting. There is also plenty on offer for vegetarians too and the ever popular spring rolls, dim sims and steamed pork buns are plentiful.
Free parking is available at the rear for restaurant patrons. Just remember to get your ticket stamped at reception.