Knowing that the Dragon Tea House was relatively new, and that there were some positive reviews about this place, I thought it was a safe decision to bring a group of friends along to check it out. When I first walked in, I was impressed by the traditional and elegant decor. The table we were sitting at had nice embroided cushions and the chopsticks had intricate carvings in them.
As a group, we ordered a variety of yum cha dishes to share. A majority of them were precooked and were waiting in the warmer to be served. Others were made to order and they took forever to arrive. A majority of the dishes all came at the beginning at the same time, while the last 3 dishes came 15 minutes apart towards the end of the meal. The service was appalling. Most of these yum cha dishes required dipping sauces and it took them 20 minutes to provide the table with some. At this point, the food started getting cold.
All the dumplings that we ordered were precoooked, and by the time the sauces arrived, the dumplings didn’t taste that nice. The Dim Sims were OK, but again they were a bit cold. The BBQ Pork Buns had a filling that was dry and the dough exterior was sweet like a dessert. The Spring Rolls were wrapped 2 or 3 times and it tasted like it had been fried a few hours earlier. The BBQ Pork Rice Roll had fatty bits of pork in it and the amount of filling was quite conservative. The Salt and Pepper Squid was nice, but they forgot to add any salt and pepper. Instead they added a Vietnamese fish sauce. The Beef Rice Roll hardly had any filling in it, but it didn’t taste too bad. The Deep Fried Eggplant was good, however, the eggplant skin was a bit chewy.
Not impressed with this place at all. The atmosphere was relaxed but that was because there was hardly anyone eating there. The service progressively got worse the longer we were there. You could see the chef in the kitchen raise a sweat as he tried to get the dishes out. The pricing is slightly more expensive than other yum cha places and I’m not entirely sure why. When the tap water they provide you tastes better than most of their dishes, there’s a serious problem.
WHERE: 172 Pulteney Street, Adelaide