Now if the mortgage screws are pinching, for a date night restaurant of different sort, head to Leichhardt’s old Bar Via Veneto site.
Expect your garden-variety local neighbourhood Cantonese with the regular ring-ins thrown in - like tasty Mongolian Lamb ($12.90).
It sits well over a steaming plate of Ginger Egg Fried Rice ($8.90). (I'll be returning for this next time I have a cold...)
They even create their own signatures dishes, including the “untranslatable” (according to our personable waitress) War Tip Har ($10.90/6 pieces). It turns out to be a splayed prawn topped with a diamond shaped piece of ham, set on toast then deep-fried.
As much as I wanted to like the generous plate of Salt and Pepper Eggplant ($9.90), it was let down on the day I dined by the use of slightly green eggplant. Szechuan Chicken ($9.90) could have been hotter, but with a smile, our waitress quickly produced a bowl of ‘eat-with-care’ red bullets.
Now before you go screwing your nose up and saying boring, bear in mind it’s a pristinely clean, freshly painted setting that makes eating-in an option, especially when accompanied by a bottle of your favourite plonk (BYO is free). This means a meal for two comes in around the fifty-dollar mark... now when was that mortgage payment due?
395 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt
Ph: (02) 9569 8868