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“The Best Cantonese Food in Hobart”
Review of Castle Zayee

Castle Zayee
Ranked #366 of 632 Restaurants in Hobart
Price range: $9 - $52
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Dine in • Take Away • Catering • Function Featuring over 30 variety of Yum Cha savouries with no added MSG, that are peanut free, alongside a great extensive range of Chinese and Asian cuisines, all of which are all homemade. Our focus is definitely on the food.
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Cantonese food is a favourite opf mine so I,ve eaten it in lots of cities in Australia and overseas. Whilst the location, presentation and surroundings of this restaurant leave a lot to be desired the food is genuine and excelent. The guy the runs the place is cantonese and he trained under a leading exponent in Australia. Best time to visit is Sundays for lunch and try the Yum Cha, fantastic, and well priced too!

Thank Richard D
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

After reading reviews on here I thought the restaurant I'd driven past countless times was worth a try! The old castle looks a little run down on the outside but inside the dated decor feels warm and cosy. The wait staff were very attentive and polite and always keeping an eye on the tables and clearing when needed.
The menu was large with a picture yum cha menu on the front. We ordered the yum cha, which was delicious. I would recommend ordering all of the items you want and instructing the waitress to bring the meals out at staggered intervals.
I was surprised to see tripe on the menu, which was delicious dipped in their home made Chilli sauce !
The other yum cha items were delicious, with the dumplings being the best.

Overall A good experience and I will tell others and go back again to try the main course menu!

Thank jetpilotsimmo
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Well previous reviews I had read on this place were correct, There is a restaurant within a run down castle facade that serves Chinese food, more importantly Yum Cha,

We were going to go to the Me Wah for lunch, but what the hell, been there done that.
And anyway, the reviewers were saying that if we looked past the castle and run down decor, the food was supposed to be good.

When we entered there were at least a dozen or so diners, and yes there were some asian guests as well, always a good sign in an asian restaraunt,

We were seated and presented with a menu with about 20 choices for Yum Cha and given a bottle of cold water and glasses to slake our thirst whilst making our choices.

We ordered a variety of dishes including, Pork Buns, Steamed chilli octopus, Chickens feet in Black bean and chilli sauce, dim sims, fried pork dumplings, stuffed chinese mushrooms and sald and pepper squid to name a few.

There was a wait for the dishes to be served but nothing to complain about, and when the food came it was bought out with some acompanying chilli sauce and a small jug of soy sauce.
Chopsticks and cutlery are both provided.

Having eaten Yum Cha before, I found the food offered to be tasty but average in quallity.
The Chickens feet were tough, needed longer cooking, the Steamed pork buns were smaller than normal, the steamed octopus needed more cooking and lacked flavour, the fried pork dumplings were small and under cooked.

dont get me wrong, I would eat here again, but the food was not exceptional, just ok.
But then overall every item was at least $2 - $3 cheaper than the Me Wah, and our total bill for 3 people was only $55.00.

I think most would enjoy this place and I would like to check it out for dinner one night.

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Reviewed March 13, 2012

We visit this place regularly, it's off the beaten track in lenah valley and its set in an old castle like establishment which is a former pub, which is obvious the moment you walk in. It's quite a quaint looking place with a very large car park and a moat! The place is a bit dingy and it's quite old inside but the atmosphere is nice and relaxing. The table sauces especially their home made chilli sauce (pointed out by the owner) are delicious and mild. Their chicken feet, spare ribs in black bean sauce and har gow are authentic. And their seafood hor fun made with, we suspect homemade hor fun is wonderful.
However, they need to improve their egg tarts, glutinous rice in lotus leaf and siu mai as they are not authentic. They will get more customers if their dishes are more authentic.
Service is friendly and often prompt but sometimes a little slow when it gets quite busy. And its a good sign to see lots of Asian people dining here they obviously enjoy the food here.

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We've been to Castle Zayee many times, it's a nice relaxing place with a huge car park set in a old quaint pub! The place is quite old and dingy but it's got a nice relaxing atmosphere, even when it gets really busy and lots of Chinese people come here, so it's a good sign! Some of the dim sum dishes are authentic like chicken feet, spare ribs in black bean sauce and har gow. However, the egg tarts, glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaf, turnip cake and siu mai require a lot of improvement as they are not authentic. If it wasn't due to these dishes, we would have given this place 4 to 5 stars overall as their other dishes are delicious like their seafood ho fun with what we suspect are made with freshly hand made ho fun noodles, wonderful! Their service is inconsistent (they sometimes forget to set the table) but they are friendly and they make people feel very welcome. Overall a nice Chinese restaurant.

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Thank Planetcat
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