Following the most recent #duckfest at Gold Leaf Restaurant in Preston, I heard many fantastic reviews about their Yum Cha sessions.
So at the first opportunity possible, I booked my usual Yum Cha buddies in for a session at Gold Leaf Restaurant.
It was a Sunday afternoon and the queue was astounding. To say it was ‘out the door’ was an understatement. There were even chairs outside of the restaurant for people to sit while waiting their turn. It made me very thankful that I had made a booking. Stepping in, I was amazed by the amount of people in the restaurant. Clearly, the yum cha sessions were popular.
We sat down at our table and waited for the first trolley to come by.
Don’t get me wrong, I do realise that this was a very large restaurant. But having a mere 4-5 trolleys going around to feed the masses of people who had gathered under that roof with one sole purpose which was to eat? Surely there’s something not quite right with the maths there. As we watched, growing hungrier and hungrier by the minute, each trolley was held up at each table for at least 15-20 minutes. No wonder it took so long for the trolleys to get anywhere!
At long last, we were given food. Maybe the wait had been too long and we were just so hungry. But the dumplings were absolutely delicious. Worth the wait? I’ll grudgingly say yes. But I’d rather not have to wait, thanks. The Har Gow was flavourful and juicy and the Century Egg Porridge beautifully smooth and filled with generous helpings of century eggs.
Prawns were massive and juicy, perfectly cooked and most importantly, the food here wasn’t dripping with oil and grease. (Another local restaurant’s dumplings had oil dripping off it – quite off putting).
Those egg tarts were amazing. So was the mango pudding. And the tau huey was just to-die-for. It was done in the manner that I love best : warm with a tinge of sweetness and ginger. Heavenly!
So other than the miserably count of trolleys that seem to magically pass us by, the food was fantastic and the service pretty decent. A little pricier than the Yum Cha I’m used to but for the quality of food? Oh hell yeah.
Of course, I can’t vouch for every Gold Leaf there is out there and there’s quite a few branches! But if you are heading for their Yum Cha sessions, do book ahead so you aren’t stuck waiting outside on chairs. Who knows till when you’d have to wait for!
(03) 9540 3933
46 – 58 Buckingham Ave