When I first heard about a Chinese Muslim restaurant on Grote Street, I imagined it to be of the Malaysian Chinese variety - a quick assumption that I must apologise for, as this is not at all like the Chinese cuisine I'm used to. The food served here is Uyghur cuisine, originating from Eastern and Central Asia. As I've only ever tasted the food of that variety from this restaurant, I can't tell how authentic it is, but the food is pretty good.
The location is very convenient, with a bus stop just outside that the 99C City Loop stops at. It's also near the Adelaide Central Bus Station and Central Market. The restaurant itself is nothing fancy, just a small place with very simple decor.
When you walk in, just grab a menu from the table near the kitchen, and sit down to decide on your order. Their specialty seems to be lamb - the menu is chock full of lamb dishes. I've been to this restaurant twice, this second time with three friends. We decided to share three main dishes with rice and chicken kebabs.
The mushroom, capsicum and eggs were the first thing to arrive, followed by our bowls of steamed rice. I've ordered this dish for both the times I've visited - it's delicious, and the second time did not disappoint. There's something about the combination of ingredients that really gets to my taste buds in the tastiest way possible.
I can't remember whether we noticed it in the menu or not, but this dish came served with peanuts - maybe we overlooked it while reading the food description. I wasn't complaining, as I love peanuts and it really made this dish for me. My friend is slightly allergic though, so I advise you to check first before ordering anything. Anyway, the chicken was tasty, though I didn't find it to be that spicy.
I've tasted both the chicken and lamb kebabs, and I have to say that the chicken kebabs are the best. The lamb ones are kind of tough. The chicken pieces on the other hand are deliciously tender. They're served burning hot, so grab the skewer by the very end to avoid scalding your fingers.
Our very last dish to arrive was disappointingly late - by the time it did, we were already stuffed with all the previous dishes. I guess we underestimated the amount of food for the four of us, and we ended up packing this one to go, along with about half of the spicy shredded chicken.
This lamb dish comes with fried bread and onions, and though it is extremely oily, I find the bread delicious. The lamb was tastier the first time I came here for dinner, as this second time it was not quite as tender as before. It's a very strong dish, with the taste of lamb and the combination of spices. It left quite a bit of heat on my tongue, which I liked. If you love lamb, this is a good choice, or try the lamb pie, which was one of my favourites the first visit I made here.
If you're thinking of dropping in for lunch, it's a good idea to come by before 1 p.m., as there's only one cook, and the food takes a while to get served. Service here is just so-so for me. The server we had for this time around was a bit aged, and he didn't seem to hear us when we asked for water twice. Also, be prepared for really oily meals - they're good, just really unhealthy.
This is one of those places where it's a good idea to go in a group, and share a few dishes. It makes things cheaper for everybody, and you get a lot more variety with it too.