Nutritionist & Life Coach
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Published June 15th 2012
One of the constants at the bottom of Ferguson St in Williamstown has been the family owned Lion Dance Restaurant. Offering no fuss Chinese cuisine at reasonable prices for well over a decade the atmosphere at this restaurant makes it worth a visit.
With the infectious laugh of owner Frank Wong and his willingness to chat to all and sundry, diners are immediately put at ease. The menu offers the typical fare you would find at a Chinese restaurant, and the chef's Hong Kongian heritage ensures that things are kept in line with the Cantonese cuisine Australians are used to.
Diners can choose from the tried and true favourites such as lemon chicken and beef and black bean with most dishes offered with either chicken, beef or fish/prawns. Pleasingly the portion sizes are generous and you won't find any filler such as the inedible 'seafood cocktail' found in some restaurant's seafood combinations.
The restaurant staff are very friendly and excellent with the kids. If you're looking for a family friendly restaurant that precludes the need to stuff your offspring with junk food then Lion Dance is definitely the go. On our visit one family's rendition of happy birthday was assisted by the restaurant's PA. As the group had just returned from a Magpies' victory this was then followed by 'Good Old Collingwood Forever' before the piped through ambient music resumed at low volume.
The restaurant is certainly not the exclusive domain of the underage set however. With licensed BYO the Lion Dance presents a great option for a few drinks with friends over some shared plates of Cantonese deliciousness that won't blow the budget.
Restaurants do not stay in business for as long as the Lion Dance has unless they're doing something right and I can assure you that the way things stand, they look likely to continue doing it for some time to come.
Not a good value for money chinese. The duck my son ordered was dry.. sizzling steak was good...we enjoyed it. We also had our favourite honey chicken which
was a 7 out of 10 for taste....the mixed dumplings were awsome and we ordered it again...review is based on chinese being our favourite and we eat out at least once a fourtnight...so the value was not there as the portions of all dishes were small even the the boiled rice was paltry..after we left lion dance I phoned ahead to order pizza from hot house at point cook on the way home...
terrible, terrible, terrible, food was tasteless, overpriced and waiter service was in no way professional. we have been many times before and enjoyed the food and service...this time we give it a big zero and a big miss.