Simon Taste Chinese Restaurant, located off Gouger Street, is worth checking out for something a bit different from the usual Chinese cuisine. This restaurant offers a wide range of Chinese-style grilled foods, which you order by skewer. The cooked skewers are placed on a central dish at the table for all to share. If the number of skewers you initially ordered is not enough to satisfy your appetite, you can order more during your meal.
Out of the different types of chicken wing available, we chose Mildly Spicy, Extra Spicy, Honey and Garlic Wings. Even my father, who likes his food very hot, found the Extra Spicy Wings too spicy for enjoyment. If you like spicy food, go for the Mildly Spicy Wings. The slightly sweet taste of the Honey Wings and the garlicky flavour of the Garlic Wings make them perfect for those who do not like spicy foods. All the wings had tender meat.
BBQ Selection (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Beef Kebab is quite similar to the Malaysian and Indonesian dish called Satay. The kebabs had a delectable char-grilled flavour heightened by the spices used to flavour the beef. For those that want to eat lamb, they also have Lamb Kebabs which had a slightly sweeter flavour compared to the Beef Kebabs.
Enokitake & Lamb Kebabs (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To help balance out the meat dishes, you can choose from a selection of grilled vegetables. The grilled Enokitake (Enoki Mushroom) had the right amount of bite to it with a bit of heat to bring out its flavour. The grilled chives here are notable for having whole chives strung on the skewer before it is grilled. The seasoning on the chives gave it a moreish flavour.
As we had not tasted it before, we could not resist giving the Taiwan Grilled Sausage a try. The size of the sausage is good for one and its flavour is similar to Chinese Sausage. If you desire, you can have the staff cut it up for easier eating and sharing.
Taiwan Grilled Sausage (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Similar to a dish offered at Szechuan Valley, the Traditional Charcoal Grilled Fish comes in three variations to suit all tastes. While the meat was not as sweet as the one from Szechuan Valley, it was still tender with the vegetables providing a good contrast and texture. The Hot & Spicy option we chose had the right amount of spiciness to lift the flavour of the fish.
Traditional Charcoal Grilled Fish (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Instead of rice, you can order grilled buns to go with the grilled meats and vegetables. The Salty Charcoal Steamed Buns had the toasted flavour we expected with a salty flavour that was not too strong. They also have some sweet buns as well if you want something that is similar to a dessert.
Simon Taste's range of cold dishes, many of which are akin to salads, are good accompaniments to the main dishes. The Shredded Dried Bean Curd Salad was quite unique; the bean curds were cut in a way that resembled noodles. The texture of the dish was provided by the capsicum and onions. It did have a bit of a spicy hit but being served cold gave the dish a refreshing flavour that went well with their grilled dishes.
Shredded Dried Bean Curd Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those who prefer a vegetable salad, they also offer a Shredded Cucumber Salad. The cucumber gave the dish a refreshing taste with a hit of spiciness in the dressing. A scattering of roasted peanuts also added crunch to the dish.
Shredded Cucumber Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant gave it a cosy feel with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. Off-street parking is available in the U Park within walking distance from the restaurant.