It has become customary to eat out on our birthdays but having recently moved back to the Northern suburbs we wanted to celebrate close to our new
abode. We drove around aimlessly waiting for some portent of where to dine
when my better half suggested we try the "Palace" ! If it is still open i joked.
Well not only is it open but it is still serving incredible food at knock down prices. Another huge plus is the plentiful parking which is absolutely free. Bliss ! No worries about feeding meters or turgid parking fines. We entered
and were quickly shown to our table by a young but very efficient waitress
who had been busy attending to a round table with an extended family of 8 people including a toddler. When arriving we were also greeted warmly by a lady who seems to be the owners elderly mum. Obviously a family restaurant which we like as we both come from large families. While perusing the wine list our concentration was broken by a loud sizzling which
was emanating from a large cast iron plate carrying a massive portion of hot food which smelled devine and was being carried to a table for two who soon were tucking into the meal i shall order the the next time we visit the Palace. We decided on a set menu for two at $22 per head and were not sorry. The owner then appeared at our table and we ordered bottles of VB
at $4.60 each [where else in Hobart; prithee tell ?] and a bottle of bubbles at $18 odd to follow. Again ; where else ? The beers soon arrived and were half poured in quaint beer glasses and were icy cold. We savoured the refreshing beers while reading the menu and when almost finished were asked if we were ready for the wine which was brought in a cooler bucket with a napkin neatly folded around the neck of the bottle. Our thick chicken
soup then arrived and we were a little concerned that the remaining courses might not be spaced out enough as the prawn crackers had only just preceded the soup. We need not have worried as the timing of the next course was impeccably timed and well worth waiting for. First of all we were brought a salver of rice which was more of a salad as it had all sorts mixed into it including shaved shrimp !. It was so well done that all of the differing components added to the rice and nothing dominated so that it was still a good medium for the different sauces which came with the next two salvers.
The next salver carried a mound of deboned pork riblets which were amazing and the third salver carried a mixture of al dente veggies and prawns poached in a butter and garlic sauce. Each prawn and each pork rib would have stood up to anything served up anywhere in Salamanca.
We finished our meal with icecream and coffee and the "doggie bag" was appreciated by our son. The palace also does take aways and the phone rang regularly during the couple of hours spent there but if anybody reading this wants proper chinese tucker at fair dinkum prices without having to subsidise a sommelier then give the "Palace" a go. 373 Main Road Glenorchy.
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