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HOT: Green Tea Restaurant – China Town Mall Shop 1B, 31 Duncan St Fortitude Valley

In search of a casual dining venue to satisfy our hunger and budgets for a Saturday night team-building feast, the work crew and I booked a table at Green Tea Restaurant after a hot tip from a China Town regular.

Green Tea Restaurant is one of the new additions to the revamped China Town Mall and has prime position for luring passersby.  Unfortunately seated by the kitchen, I wasn’t too impressed by the decor; it was a little dark and lacked the vibrancy usually associated with China Town’s Chinese/Vietnamese venues. A small tip – ask for a seat in the alfresco area.

Our party of 8 decided on the $31per head banquet which consisted of 4 entree dishes and 5 mains, with steamed rice.  My male companions were insistent this wouldn’t be enough food, but their hungers and concerns were soon laid to rest.

The steamed dim sims and spring rolls were piping hot and appeared to be home made with fresh hearty ingredients, not too oily and very flavoursome.  The sesame and soy dipping sauce was a nice variation from the usual sweet chilli variety.  The Vietnamese crispy crepe was strange in texture and non-descript in taste – no one was too sure what the contents of the egg pancake were, but it was definitely edible, so with curiosity and caution we kept picking at it .

Green Tea Restaurant‘s cold salad of pork and pawns was in my opinion a strange combination, however once again the ingredients were fresh as you like and provided a nice, light addition to the heavier entree dishes.

Onto the mains and the roasted duck with Asian greens was one of my favourites of the Green Tea Restaurant banquet.  Although the duck meat was a little dry, the skin was crisped to perfection and the accompanying greens were fresh and crunchy.

Our table was blown away by the mean punch packed by the chicken chilli and basil stir-fry.  If you’re into chilli, this dish is a must have.  A little less fiery was the lemon pepper beef – a deliciously fresh and tender dish with lots of flavour.

The final two dishes were the scallops and snow peas (awesome dish but beware the garlic!) and the combination chow mein.  Again, the dishes were ultra fresh and packed full of flavour.  There’s no skimping on meat at Green Tea Restaurant, they’re really generous with the serving sizes and don’t just pack them full of vegies.

Needless to say, the top buttons were coming undone as we wiped the final traces chown mein from our lips; what an enjoyable feeding frenzy it had been.  Whilst Green Tea Restaurant is a little pricier than some of the old faithfuls in China Town it’s well worth a visit – it’s BYO, the dishes are huge, the food is fresh and the service is prompt and friendly.

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