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Fortune Garden

Fortune Garden Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoOur boss took us to Fortune Garden for lunch. We ordered a bunch of dishes to share. It’s a mid sized restaurant with a very simple boxy layout. Since we’ve returned several times, this posts included review from several visits.


idearabbit_fortunegarden1 idearabbit_fortunegarden2Tea is not complimentary! I didn’t know the first time, but the second time we went with 2 persons, it was $1.60, so not sure if it’s $1.60/pot or $0.80/person.
idearabbit_fortunegarden10Steamed Scallop and Prawn Dumplings $5.75

Yum!! I love this! So did my co-worker. The prawns and scallops were juicy and plumpy. A big thumbs up. Would love to just order a bunch of these, lol.


Xiaolongbao $5.75

Served in a small bamboo steaming basket, there were 4 pieces of dumpling inside. Unlike some places that don’t seem to have enough juice inside, this one was pretty good. One who loved them also complimented on them.


Fortune Garden Special Chow Mein $14.25

A fairly large portion with lots of plumpy, fresh ingredients. I LOVE crispy chow mein, and it’s surprisingly hard to find as not every Chinese restaurants offer them. This had to be one of the best ones. Not too salty – perfect for me. I would love to order just this for my ‘take-out’ lunch for myself next time. The second time we ordered though, there weren’t that much sauce, and it wasn’t that crispy. My boss was disappointed the second time.

idearabbit_fortunegarden8Rice Flour Roll in Soy Sauce $6.75

My co-worker liked this one after trying it for the first time. Simple, but filling, and with some added chili sauce to spice it up a bit, it’s pretty good. She always orders this every time we go back.


Every Chinese restaurant has this dish, and every time, I wish I had knives to cut them into bit-size pieces. Still, the veggie is great. Nothing special as it’s just steamed without added flavouring, but it’s nice to take a break from the overly savourly dishes. It also goes great with just about every sauce from other dishes.

Lunch Menu below: (sorry for the flash in some areas!)

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Western Lake Chinese Restaurant

Click to add a blog post for Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant on Zomato We had a reservation for 6 people on a Saturday at 7:30pm. The place was jam packed with lineups at the door.



idearabbit-westernlake idearabbit-westernlake2 idearabbit-westernlake7Since my friends had been here several times and were familiar with the menu, we mostly let them decide. I ordered the House Special Chow Mein $14.80. It was a pretty big portion and fair price. It was loaded with veggies and meat. Would I order this dish again? Yes.
The Ling Cod $33.80 (no pic) was good, though I thought it was pretty pricey. Since it was on the other side of the table (without the turning table), I didn’t get to try that much of it. Would I order this dish again? No.

idearabbit-westernlake4Squab $15.80. We had 2 orders of it ($31.60), and it was my first time trying a squab. At the time of serving, I didn’t know that they were young domestic pigeons…(usually under four weeks old). It didn’t have much meat on it, but the flavour was pretty good. For westerners that have grown up with buying meat from the store as just ‘meat’, beware that you will also get the deep fried head of the bird on the plate as well. Would I order this dish again? No.

idearabbit-westernlake6Diced Beef with Mushroom $14.80. This one was really tasty, though quite salty, so goes well with a bowl of rice. It came wrapped up in tinfoil in a shape of a swan. The staff unwrapped it to show steaming hot food inside. Would I order this dish again? Yes.

idearabbit-westernlake3Chef’s Specialty Shredded Chicken $12.80. Decent sized dish. Sheepie was surprised that it was a cold dish. Would I order this dish again? No.
The restaurant was kept well, service was good, though my friends did all the Chinese conversing, so not sure on their English. It was interesting to try different dishes – it’s always nice to go along with friends that know the cuisine well.

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Bashu Sichuan Restaurant

Bashu Sichuan Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato I had a Social Shopper voucher for 4 people. Located on Broadway on the second level, it is quite spacious and nice, I was surprised of the lack of customers on a Friday evening at 7pm. The seats were golden and red clean seats, nice curtains and decor and overall very clean. The red neon lights that came on during our dinner was odd, but to me, it wasn’t that distracting.

idearabbit-bashu idearabbit-bashu11idearabbit-bashu2idearabbit-bashu7We ordered the Sweet & Sour Chicken $12.98 which was really crunchy and not soggy like the ones you get at food courts which could be sitting there for a long time.

Kong Pao Chicken $13.98, unfortunately had peanuts in it (like whole chunks), so I had to avoid the dish altogether :(


idearabbit-bashu6Beef and Broccoli $12.98 had a good flavour that went really well with the bland fried rice.

idearabbit-bashu102 orders of dumplings $6.98 each, so 8 pieces in total were on the dry side, and my Chinese friend said that the skin was too thick. My Taiwanese friend on the other hand didn’t mind them.

idearabbit-bashu5Shrimp with Peas $16.98 had sooooooooooo many peas. It was little shrimps buried in a ball of greens. It was still good, but not worth $14 for mostly peas.

idearabbit-bashu8Fried Rice $8.98 was bland, but since the other dishes were salty, it was ok.

idearabbit-bashu4Noodles $8.98 were ordinary. Nothing special to note.

idearabbit-bashu9I actually didn’t know the prices of the dishes until blogging about it later on. When we arrived and told them we had a voucher, they brought a notebook (paper notebook – not the electronic notebook) that had lots of writing. Inside the cover, they had a paper stuck onto it with the available list of dishes we could choose from. It seemed worn. For a higher-end restaurant, this seemed so cheap. Perhaps I’m a designer that I take this into account, but if they printed out a sheet and can only keep in a notebook that is crumpled and used, how much more effort is it to print it out on one single letter-sized paper to present it like a real menu to the customers instead of trying to check in their notebooks with scribbles and notes inside?

The servers seems to be family members? Not too sure, but the two young girls seems to almost being forced to work there by their parents. They don’t really seem to care much about giving a pleasant service.

Now seeing the prices, they were definitely not worth the prices they were charging. The Shrimp and Peas is outrageously expensive for a can of green peas and a little bit of shrimp. Over all, everything was too expensive for the quality and delicious-ness.

It was filling and nice experience, but I would not go back for their food for regular prices.

For Lunch

My company took us out for lunch at Bashu. It was during the weekday, and though it was around 1pm, the restaurant was a little more than half full. We sat by the window.

idearabbit-bachusichuan_21Stir Fried Green Beans were quite salty, but would go really well with plain rice. Even one staff who had never gone to Dim Sum seemed to like this one the most.


The Rice Rolls were the best I’ve had at any Chinese restaurant so far. It was quite flavourful. My company had asked for two servings of sauce, so it was tasty.

idearabbit-bachusichuan_20The Singapore Style Noodles $6.98 were quite spicy and since both of us weren’t too fond of spicy (actually, I love spicy food, my tummy on the other hand begs to differ…), so we decided to take-out for one of our other coworker who likes them.

idearabbit-bachusichuan_23Shrimp Dumplings were good. Hot and juicy.

idearabbit-bachusichuan_22Xiao Long Pao (dumplings), didn’t have much juice in them, but still tasted good.

Calamari Squid was hot (temp) and cripsy, but I thought it was too salty.

nut_allery_allery_icon_smallTan Tan Men $7.98 had to be stirred after the server brings it to your table. It was sprinkled with peanuts, so I had to pass.

Beef with rice patty was deep fried. It had a heavy sauce wrapped inside. It was pretty good.

 Take Out for Lunch

I had a take out order this time. I had their Chicken Chow Mein $8.95 which surprisingly came with a mini hot and sour soup and veggies, mostly cabbages. idearabbit_bashu-sichuan30

Chow mein: Too salty and greasy. Good portion.

Hot and sour soup: too spicy and heavy on the soy sauce. I usually love this soup, but theirs was too spicy for me. I didn’t finish it.

Veggie: It is a cold dish, which I didn’t mind. It had a good herbal taste, but the red chilli peppers made it spicy, leaving my tongue tingling.

Overall: Good price for portion, but the flavour isn’t to my liking.

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