21 September 2013
Date night with a coupon for a seven-course dinner for two at Shun Fung which only cost us $69 total. For convenience, this review contains regular prices where possible so people can make their own judgment on value for money.
Shun Fung has a view from the Barrack St jetty and sits upstairs in a set of buildings near the Bell Tower. We dressed up because this place is fancier than a local Chinese restaurant, but I almost didn’t want to take off my coat because it was quite chilly inside.
Sichuan hot and sour soup ($11)
Thankfully, the first course quickly warmed me up. The sichuan soup was satisfyingly gluggy, quite spicy, and a little sour as expected. Lots of pieces of tofu, fungus, and pickly vegies were floating about. Overall, the soup was tasty but slightly too salty for my liking.
Sesame prawn toast ($12)
Our choices were limited by the coupon deal, but I was pleased to indulge in one of my favourite Westernised-Asian foods ever. The sesame prawn toast was crunchy but it wasn’t really golden brown on top. Unfortunately, the prawn was almost imperceptible in these flat pieces of toast. I enjoyed the fried + sweet and sour sauce combo, but would never allow myself to pay the regular price.
Tiger Prawns in Singaporean Chilli Sauce with Crispy Fried Buns
A full-sized serving of tiger prawns is listed on the menu for $38, but this seemed to be a dish made especially for the coupon dinner deal. The prawns were conveniently flattened out and easy to eat from the open shells. However, the sauce tasted like it came from a sweet-chilli bottle and it completely overwhelmed the taste of the prawns. Singaporean chilli sauce with snow crab is easily on my top 10 fav foods, so it made me sad to think about delicate seafood flavours bulldozed by this sickly sweet sauce. The buns were too dense, not crunchy enough, and were not piping-hot to the touch like they should be. *Thumbs down*
Seafood fried rice with XO sauce ($25)
Our mains were served with fried rice rather than steamed, but I realised early on that the coupon-menu catered for Western palates. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the rice because it had lots of prawn pieces, some sweet crunchy onion bits, and a few morsels of scallop. Unfortunately, the regular price for this dish seems absurdly high.
Crispy pork loin marinated with garlic ($24.80)
The pork pieces were meaty with a light and crunchy batter. The garlic flavour was quite prominent, but I found this dish tasted pretty average. Nothing too exciting on this plate.
Braised Chinese mushrooms with seasonal vegetables ($20.80)
It was bewildering to learn that “Chinese mushrooms” actually refers to Woolworths-stock-standard mushrooms with Asian sauce. However, I did enjoy the mushrooms, brocolli, and snowpeas! The sauce was nothing complicated and seemed to be mostly oyster sauce.
Fried ice cream ($10)
Super-excited reaction when I found out that fried ice cream was our ‘dessert of the day’. I love the combo of hot crunchy batter outside and freezing creamy icecream inside. This dessert was such a disappointment that my date didn’t even finish his bowl (which is basically unheard of). It tasted like dry cake because the batter was waaaay too thick. Also, I know this is actually quite easy to make at home, so I don’t understand why they prepared it so badly. The cracker and Pocky stick decorations couldn’t make up for this lacklustre end to our meal.
Staff were friendly but occasionally had trouble communicating in English. Our waitress didn’t seem to realise that it’s a faux pas to bring out the next course while one person is still finishing the food at the table. This could probably be excused because it’s unusual to have multiple first courses with Cantonese dining? I think the views of the Swan River would be beautiful during the day, but we kinda missed out and only looked out over streetlights during our dinner. Oh well!
Likes: classy-looking restaurant, cheap coupon deal
Dislikes: food that is overpriced and not very tasty, bad fried ice cream
Value for money: regular prices are a rip-off
Overall: unlikely to return (even if I found another coupon)
Old Perth Port
(08) 9221 1868