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“Don't choose the mainstream - the Chinese menu (or ask Jane) is the best” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tuggie Palace Chinese Restaurant

Tuggie Palace Chinese Restaurant
236 Cowlishaw Street, Tuggeranong 2900, Australia
(02) 6293 1888
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Ranked #5 of 29 Restaurants in Tuggeranong
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Canberra, Australia
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34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Don't choose the mainstream - the Chinese menu (or ask Jane) is the best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

We have eaten here a number of times and find the ratings a little unfair - if you order club-style Chinese anywhere that is what you're going to get. We tend to order some things in the parts of the menu which most people gloss over. When we order them we know straight away if the kitchen has the respective ingredients that night (meaning good Chinese usually in Canberra).

On this occasion we ordered a very nice San Choy Bow which was great but the service was very ordinary - young kids without direction will always just plonk things down and walk off. San Choy Bow is supposed to be served, not plonked. And at close to $15 I expect it to be served.

So after we served ourselves to what was a very nice and very sufficient serve we had the Boxing Chicken (two chicken legs with spicy sauce). Disappointing we had to ask twice when ordering what it was - and when we got it - it wasn't just a "chicken leg with a sauce" as described. It was very tasty - almost extremely tasty (and spicy sauce) - just undeserving of more here.

The mains were very good. So good that we ate one completely and took the others home. While there might be just two of us - we like a good solid main, and maybe one or two dishes to get us through. The Salt and Pepper Prawns here were very, very good. They need no fanfare. Remember!! They come without a sauce so if you order these prawns and rice you will be disappointed.

The pencil mushrooms (which I think are Enoki mushrooms) and whatever green vegetable is going with oyster sauce (or similar) is outstanding. Plenty of garlic, ginger and salty sauce.

All in all it's one of the more expensive Chinese in the Valley. They do wine corkage but no BYO beer etc (as normal in restaurants)..

Very good!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not good.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

Visited 29/1/2012. The service was poor, the lemon, lime and bitter drink was terrible. The food we ordered was not appealing, but tasted ok. Beside another couple we were the only four there. Sunday nights in Canberra are busy nights. Not going back.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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“Friendly service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

The food is good, the service is friendly, but they are a bit unorganised.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Might be OK for takeway, but don't sit down.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

Went for Mother's Day on the basis of the reputation of the Lakeview (the name this place used to be) which wasn't stellar but pleasant enough.

We were led to our table in a cavernous, empty, dark restaurant and sat down. Atmosphere very average.

Duck pancakes had huge chunks of spring onion and cucumber, making them difficult to eat.

Mains were average - sweet and sour chicken ended up being sweet and sour seafood (with bottled sauce).

Service was over attentive (not in a nice way). One waitress hovered near the table while mum finished her entree and then mains arrived before entree was finished. Plates were cleared almost before chopsticks were put down.

Food wasn't worth the price. Don't bother unless the chef and staff are different on the weekend.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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