The other night I left you with plenty of tasty photos but not much explanation. I know a picture can mean a thousand words, but I think I’ll translate those messages for you- just incase you interpreted it wrong
The restaurant we chose to go to was called Bamboo Basket. We had been there twice before and enjoyed it both times. It wasn’t quite as memorable as Wagaya, but than again what ever is (ha), but we did enjoy the food- especially the items off the dim sim menu.
The bf and I love Asian cuisine and usually find most of our date nights end up at some Asian restaurant. Tonight it was Chinese. We arrived around 8 and were surprised to see it wasn’t absolutely chock-a-block. We were seated immediately and as we were starving, began perusing the menus straight away. After we ordered we checked out the chefs preparing the dumplings. I love seeing chefs at work so this was a novelty I definitely enjoyed.
People who walk by the restaurant can also check it out since the glass screen wraps around majority of the kitchen.
First up for me were the Chicken and Vegetable Steamed Dumplings.
These were actually phenomenal. The pink-ness of the chicken mince always freaks me out but once I double (triple) checked with the boyfriend that these were properly cooked I inhaled 3 of them, and the bf
pried one away from my fingers enjoyed one also. With a tiny sprinkle of soy sauce the flavour enhances even more- seriously try it.
The boy tried the Steamed Prawn Dumplings and the BBQ Pork Buns (which I had to continually talk him into- he forgot how much he LOVED them the first time we dined there).
He loved the pork buns as I predicted but found the prawn dumplings too fishy. After he had one they went untouched. The pork buns, according to him were full of flavour and he (oddly for him) was very fond of the dough. I hesitantly had a taste and felt they weren’t all that, especially in comparison to my dumplings.
Unfortunately I must have had a brain freeze because I forgot to photograph the pork wonton soup we ordered to share. The broth was good, not great but the wontons were the shiz. The best flavour, and even better with a tiny bit of soy sauce. They are a mission to eat with chop sticks though so either go the finger route or with those cute asian spoons. I’m a noodle girl and was disappointed that this dish was noodle-less, which I didn’t expect. Plus it was smaller than I remembered.
The bf also decided to have some BBQ Roasted Duck which he pulled apart.
For the price and for what he ate it wasn’t worth it. And he said whilst it was good he probably wouldn’t bother ordering it again.
One more dish for the boy was the sweet buns. Or what we thought were condensed milk stuff buns, which turned out to be multi-grain buns with a smidge of condensed milk dipping sauce. The bf went roll-less and ended up just spooning the condensed milk into his mouth.
Although the company was great and the food was good, I don’t know if I was left as impressed as I have been in past visits. Plus I definitely didn’t feel full or satisfied. Next time I’d probably stick to their dim sim menu and just go the dumpling route. But a great date night nonetheless (but that’s a given when you’re dating the best guy).