4 March 2014
Dim sum is the secret to long life and prosperity. Well, I can’t actually make any promises, but lunch with friends does at least improve your week! My girlfriend and I recently indulged at Fortune Five Chiense Restaurant.*
It seems like there’s a never-ending supply of dim sum restaurants in Northbridge. Fortune Five is one of many long-standing spots along James Street. A relatively recent addition is New Moon which distinguishes itself by serving dim sum in the evenings too!
Deep-fried prawn dumplings
The prawn dumplings were full of juicy prawn bits, but the fried wonton skin was a little dry and floury.
Xiaolongbao (“little dragon buns”) taste best with Chinese vinegar and grated ginger. These were full of juicy soup and covered with tiny bursty orange fish roe. Fortune Five provided vinegar without ginger, but it was still very tasty.
Prawn and bean sprout dumplings
Prawn dumplings usually come with chives or coriander, so the bean sprouts were a unique pairing. Honestly, these don’t taste as flavoursome so I probably wouldn’t order them again.
A dim sum staple, we ordered another set of prawn dumplings without any other fillings. Nice large chunks of prawn and tender rice flour dumpling skins. It is always best to dunk these in chilli oil, yum!
Tofu and fish cake
My friend enjoys tofu and ordered this dish. I tasted a little but found that I wasn’t such a fan of the squishy texture of fish cake. The light and fragrant sauce went well with the slightly bland flavours of tofu and fishcake.
BBQ pork rice flour rolls
We found there were only three rice flour rolls, but we were happy because these were stuffed with more BBQ pork than you see at other dim sum restaurants. Nice salty sauce and silky rice flour!
Service was attentive and they happily brought us a pot of my favourite Chinese tea, bolay cha. Our meal for two people was $34.80 which seems slightly more expensive than some other dim sum restaurants. I prefer the dim sum at Golden Century which is a little further down James Sreet, but it might be worth returning to Fortune Five to try the buffet dinner!
Likes: xiaolongbao, rice flour rolls packed with BBQ pork
Dislikes: not a fan of the prawn and bean sprout dumplings
Value for money: decent, but not as cheap as other dim sum restuarants
Overall: good food, but not my favourite on James Street
108 James St
(08) 9227 8882
12 April 2014
The old “Dragon Seafood” name
*This restaurant recently changed name, despite the exterior decor looking almost identical. If you’re looking for the old Dragon Seafood Chinese Restaurant then you’re in the right place!
14 July 2014
Looking to experiment with somewhere different for my work lunch, I booked a large table for a Thursday afternoon and confirmed the booking beforehand. We arrived to discover there was a 15 minute wait for our table because the staff had not bothered to save the seats for us.
We ended up leaving to dine at Regal on Roe. I am very unlikely to return because they caused embarrassment by not honouring the booking for work colleagues. Poor form.