Yep. I think so.
I don’t like queuing for food – hell – I don’t even know how to spell it – here’s hoping that’s correct – so when we got to the Northbridge Chinese restaurant on Sunday an hour after opening I was somewhat dismayed to have to get an orange coloured raffle ticket – number 23 – and wait – our clothes steaming in the packed entryway.
Of course I’d rather take my chances and wait at a packed out restaurant than sit down immediately at the half empty one next door…
And the waiting turned out to be good.
First of all it gave us a chance to check out all the food so we knew what we’d go for. Secondly we built up an appetite.
I wanted the veges… to balance all the yummy deep fried stuff… and they were delicious.
Of course we partook of the steam trolley.
Boy do the waiters move fast in Yum Cha. What a business model! Bang bang bang – food immediately at your table – before you know it you’ve said yes to three prawn dishes and two pork and something you’re not even sure what it is – or was before it was deep fried in yumminess.
And the tea. I love Chinese tea and Groover had picked up a great tip from Kylie Quong’s TV show. If you want the waiter to refresh your pot – just take the lid off it. Forget trying to catch their eye – you’ve got no chance at the speed they move.
And suddenly you’re on the street – stuffed to within an inch of your life – wondering what the hell just happened and busting for the loo.
Yum cha on a Sunday morning. You can’t beat it.