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T-Chow Chinese Restaurant

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published April 24th 2012
Gouger Street is littered with Chinese Restaurants, half of them the hole-in-the wall type that taste a lot better than they look. T-Chow, just off of Gouger on Moonta Street, manages to combine tasty food with a large spacious dining area. While down the road others are lining up to try and get a table, T-Chow usually has enough space to fit you in even without a booking.



The menu at T-Chow is extensive. If you've got a group (a minimum of 4 people) then the banquet is a good way to go. There are a few different options, ranging from $35 to $45 per person, and they'll give you a chance to sample the range of dishes on the menu.





You can always design your own feast, choosing from the selection of soups, entrees, and mains. Seafood is the predominant meat on the menu, one of their specialities is their shark fin, and the soft shell crab is worth trying. The food at T-Chow is Chinese; considering China has a vast number of regional cuisines, it is nice to see them specialise in these rather than going down the generic 'Asian' cuisine route. The hotpots are great on a cold night, and ordering at least one duck dish is a must.





T-Chow also have live seafood available. Giving you the option of choosing your meal before you eat it. For some live seafood can be a little off putting, but if you're going to eat it anyway, why not acknowledge where it comes from? If you are picking something from the tanks the range includes things like lobster, king crab, snow crab, murray cod, jade perch, and the prestigious abalone. These can make a great addition to a meal, but they can be expensive, the abalone are $118 each.



T-Chow can generally suit groups of any size, there are small tables for two, and large round tables for bigger groups. Put a lazy susan in the middle and everyone can share the food. If you do have a large group it is best to book so you can guarantee your table, but smaller groups of 2 or 3 will often be fine without one.



They offer yum cha daily, and you can also BYO when you're dining in. It's authentic Chinese without the long line-up, and its longevity can be seen as a testament to the quality.
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Why? Authentic Chinese in Chinatown
When: 11am-3pm & 5-11pm daily
Website: tchow.com.au
Where: Moonta Street, Adelaide
Cost: Mains $10-$30 - more for live seafood
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