In Restaurant Review – Turandot, Edward O’Neill discovers a restaurant that offers fine dining and quality western food.
One thing I’ve learnt from this job is that you never know where you might find your next favorite restaurant. I’ve discovered some of my best dining experiences by just walking down an unexplored small road or looking around a walking street I had never seen before. I was very happy to be surprised again in this way when I came across Turandot near Moon Bay Garden in Dongcheng. One of the best fine dining experiences I’ve had in my six years in Dongguan.
I must have driven past the side road that leads to the restaurant hundreds of times. I’m even sure I walked past it once or twice too. At first glance, I assumed it was a florist’s, which it is, but while flowers play a big part in the theme, the shop just makes up a small part of what is actually a fine dining restaurant.
I had been told that the restaurant did fine dining and that it was very good. Admittedly, I had been told that a lot over the years about many different places, but I was inclined to believe it when coming from the person who told me.
Looking forward to what promised to be a lovely evening we ordered from the menu based on the recommendation of the chef, who we later found out refined his craft in the kitchen at the Sheraton hotel. It would show in his dishes.
First up were pumpkin soup and a chicken Caesar salad. I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin soup and I usually have to be in the mood for it, but the freshly made soup I was served certainly put me in the right state of mind. The salad was impressive too. What really made it for me was the small poached egg, which upon piercing, imbued the rest of the salad with a subtle added flavor.
Next came the main dishes; prime beef rib on a bed of buttery mash potato, and succulent chicken legs covered in seasoning and herbs. From the quality of the meats, from the way they were cooked, and finally to the presentation, it’s clear that no expense has been spared to produce the finest of fine dining experiences possible.
Although the prime beef rib and the chicken legs were probably the truly standout dishes, my personal favorite was the lasagna. It’s one of my favorites and one that I used to have all the time. It’s harder to find in Dongguan, and even harder to find this good.
On the side we shared a portion of freshly cut fries and fish fingers so good that I nearly ordered another batch. Together they reminded me of fish and chips from the U.K and they certainly wouldn’t have been out of place in a menu from back home.
A part of me kind of wishes I could keep this place as my little secret, but my job compels me otherwise. Come down and sample the very reasonably priced afternoon tea menu one day when you have time. If you are anything like me then you will be back again very soon to try the full menu.