Saturday, 22 September 2012
There are limited places in Footscray to go have Yum Cha which is odd considering it has such a large Vietnamese community who LOVE yum cha.
The assumption was that we could have just visited Dai Duong (oh how much i dislike that place) but they no longer operate. There are no signs at the front telling you it's closed. My bet is that the current site is going to make way for more apartment development.
And so, we (being my parents and I) ended up Master Restaurant (shop 184/83 Hopkins St) for some Yum Cha. I didn't even know they served yum cha until we were standing outside Nhu Lan Bakery and saw a make shift sign that said "Yum Cha Daily".
I can honestly say this much...
It was our first and last time we'd ever visit Master restaurant for yum cha. The food was absolutely terrible and the service was lacking (but most yum cha places are).
The carts weren't being regularly pushed around, for whatever reason the waitresses just left them there at the end of the restaurant (where nobody was sitting) as they were too busy standing at the door greeting customers who were wanting to buy BBQ pork and the like.
When the carts did come around, we found the usual dumpling servings such as Ha Cao- Su Mai to be really soggy and over-steamed (if that's even possible). I've had better dumplings from the pre-made ones that you buy from asian groceries.And the selection of food being carted around was very limited. My dad said the chicken feet was terribly marinated- the sauce was terrible.
I asked for sweet and sour sauce twice- twice it didn't arrive. We asked for fresh chilli, we got chilli sauce. At least something came out.
Everytime the lady pushed the cart of food around, for whatever reason she had her back to us. When we wanted her attention, it was almost like we were the ones hassling her. It's ridiculous considering it's not even a packed restaurant with hundreds of patrons. There were less than 10 tables of people eating. The same lady would squeeze into terrible spots just to show people her platter of dishes and by doing this almost knocked a few patrons across the head. Talk about being unprofessional and stupid.
If I compare this to the array of Yum Cha places out there, this has to be one of the BEST worst ones I've ever been to.
I wouldn't recommend it unless you're stuck in Footscray and have no other way to either visit the better ones either in the city or in the eastern suburbs.