The original plan for the night was to catch up with a friend at a new Mexican restaurant on Glen Osmond Road. It turned out it was so new it hadn’t opened yet. As a spur of the moment choice, we head to Pagoda which is a Chinese restaurant a few doors down. It happens to be one of the first Chinese restaurants in South Australia offering classic Chinese dishes without the MSG.
The restaurant has two dining sections on either side of the front counter. The main dining area is on the left while the other section is reserved for private functions. Nothing much to report here. To me, the decor was a bit dated and in need of an upgrade.
First up was the Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup. The amount of chicken in the soup was generous and the consistency was thick which is the way it should be. There amount of creamed corn was rather conservative and the egg white was unevenly distributed during the cooking process. We also thought it tasted very bland.
The Vegetarian Spring Rolls spent a little too long in the deep fryer as they were a dark golden brown. Their exterior was nice and crunchy, and the vegetable filling was soft, delicate and well cooked through.
The Sizzling Mongolian Steak is one of their signature dishes and they certainly do it well. There were generous portions of thin sizzling steak slices on a hot plate. The meat was lean and not over tenderised, while the sauce had the perfect amount of sweetness.
The Special Fried Rice was also well executed. The rice was well cooked with nice individual grains. The addition of peas, corn and carrot added nice colour to an otherwise boring looking dish.
The King Prawns with Stir Fried Vegetables is one of those classic Chinese dishes. The prawns were tender and succulent, and the vegetables still slightly firm. As far as tasted goes, I thought it was little bland for me.
The Sesame Chicken in Honey Sauce is one of those dishes available at every Chinese takeaway. The chicken pieces were just fried before they got to our table, but the addition of the honey sauce made the batter a little soggy.
The BBQ Pork Spare Ribs were different to what I usually have. The pork spare ribs were surprisingly lean and enclosed in a crunchy batter. The sauce was rather strange as we detected notes of cinnamon.
For dessert, we had Lychee and Ice Cream. The lychees didn’t look very appealing and were straight out of a can, while the Ice Cream was the cheap supermarket variety.
The staff were friendly and accommodating, and the service was good throughout the night. Drinks were constantly refilled, and our dishes were brought to our tables at regular intervals, although the last two mains took longer than expected to arrive. The atmosphere was relaxed, although it wasn’t particularly busy on this Saturday night. The pricing is fairly standard for a Chinese restaurant, but you’re better off going for one of their banquets as they’re good value for money. The cost of our banquet was $27 per person which entitled us to 8 courses compared to roughly the same price had we ordered one main.
Based on the dishes that we had tonight, I would come here solely for the Sizzling Mongolian Steak. Everything else I thought was average.
WHERE: 189 Glen Osmond Rd, Frewville