Star Cafe Seafood Restaurant, Flat Bush
Star Cafe in Flat Bush remains a popular choice and my parents head there on occasion for the yum cha. Service and decor is entirely transactional but the food is fairly good and well priced, however I ended up with a dry mouth after my last experience. This leads me to think there may have been some liberal use of MSG in some of the dishes. Parking in the area isn’t too bad and on our weekday we were able to secure a table easily enough. As with many yum cha restaurants it pays to order your favourites as we wouldn’t have quite gotten the trolley action we desired, and would have subsequently missed out on some items.
We exclusively ordered the yum cha options although the a la carte menu does all looks quite good as well. With this type of dining endeavour its a quintessentially group affair and we had the full family in tow, plus one aunt. Some of the dishes in our first round included the deep fried taro ball, siu mai, pork rice roll and congee. Congee was rather stingy on the toppings but had a nice flavour to it. The rice rolls are a family favourite and these ones delivered well, both with the pork and prawn fillings. The siu mai and taro balls were both fair and these is a touch of prawn in these as well.
In the second act, we had the banana leaf wrapped chicken rice, pork dumplings, donut and a dish I don’t know how to say in English but is deep fried bread stick wrapped in rice paper roll with hoisin and peanut sauce. This is one of my favourite dishes and I was reasonably happy with the ones from Star Cafe. I also quite enjoyed the chicken rice although it was lacking, well, chicken. The dumplings were a bit too heavy and my brother was hoping more for a xiao long bao outcome, which this was not. I ended the lunch with a Star Cafe classic – the deep fried donuts with icing sugar which are a jolly treat. Our family frequents Star Cafe for the food only as the ambience and service aren’t anything to sing home about. And on that note, it’s a reasonable result to return.