Nov 16, 2011

Dim Sum - Dragon Palace Northbridge

Dragon Palace
66 Francis Street
Northbridge, WA 6003
(08)9228 2888

The thing I like most, the real reason I keep coming back here is the consistency.  It's not pretty. In fact Dragon Palace is actually a pretty scary, huge karaoke themed place - but don't let that worry you. The food is good. Ridiculously good. Every time.

Prawn Dumplings

I recommend you get in early for the public holiday or weekend lunches because there can be anything up to a queue of 50 people after 12:30. Don't be shy about approaching the staff to order off the menu if you haven't seen a cart with what you want on it.

Like a lot of dim sum places, the food tends to leave the kitchen in surges, so timing is important.

Wor Tip

I find the key here is to not be too squeamish, and have a little patience. This is a lot like hawker food center service, and sometimes you will have to wait for the good stuff.  It's not fast food, but it is inexpensive, and I've had no problems with food hygiene so far in the last year or so.

Beware the spicy dishes. They aren't shy of using Szechuan pepper - so for the uninitiated you wont feel much for about an hour. And yes they do appear to use lard in the pastry which is probably why the spring onion rolls are so addictive.

Spring Onion Rolls

They cover all the traditional dim sum bases, but also routinely offer a range of other dishes not commonly seen. The Szechuan Chicken, Osmanthus Jellies, or Salt and Pepper Whitebait being just three of the 25+ different plates on offer at any given time. 

While it's not the cheapest dim sum in Perth, the best value point is a table of 3-4 people. It will then cost you around $25 a head to be totally stuffed. Easily recommended for lunch, but do expect to queue if you don't get there  early.

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