You know how you never really check out little alley-way restaurants because you don't venture into little alleyways? Okay, maybe you do, but I don't, and I never really dined at those little alleyway Chinatown places despite being here for the 6th year counting. Yes, I am unadventurous and I suck.
Anyway, my sister's friend recommended this rather hidden place called 蓝天 Blue Sky a while back, and she liked the food there, so a bunch of us went there yesterday before Pirates of the Carribean 3: At World's End (BTW Orlando Bloom is HOT).
It was quite bustly-busy, but it was Friday night after all.
Because I wasn't very hungry, me and Turtle decided to split a plate of Scallop Fried Rice with XO Sauce ($8).
It was very good fried rice. We both liked it a lot; there were plenty of scallops, and although they were little ones, they were fresh scallops, and tasted fresh and springy, with a gorgeous texture. The rice was fried to the right amount of dryness, and with pieces of yummy fried egg everywhere. The sauce was good too; not too spicy which is to my liking (yes, I can't really eat spicy, I fail as a Malaysian), and very fragant. Very successful scallop fried rice!
CC had the Roast Duck on Rice ($8) because she adores duck. *coughs*
I only had a little taste of it, and I thought it was good roast duck. CC seemed to like it. She did say it was a little too salty though, and had to be eaten with rice. It was nothing really spectacular as it goes, but it was good and filling. There was a lot of meat with the rice, and it's good value for money.
San and my sister both had the Mandarin Spare Ribs on Rice ($8), which was what my sister had and liked from her first visit.
Had a piece of meat courtesy of both girls, and I have to say I really really like it. I don't normally like spare ribs, but I think these were very well done ribs. They were cooked to perfection, so the meat was just nice to bite and not too tough. The mandarin sauce (a kind of sweet-sour sauce but not the usual Chinese sweet-sour sauce) was a great complement with the ribs, and it was coated just the right sticky amount, flavoring the ribs nicely. I'm definitely having this the next time I go back there, and yes, we will go back there. :D
Ben had some congee, but she didn't really like it, and I didn't take a picture of that, so.
There's also the option of ordering dishes to share, as in fish and chicken and veggies and stuff to be shared with white rice and all. I didn't notice the prices for those dishes, but I don't think it'll be too expensive.
Overall, I think it's a place worth going. The service was quite good for a Chinatown restaurant, they were polite and quite efficient. Environment wasn't too bad either. Food's definitely worth it for the value, less than $10 will feed one nice and full for dinner; and if you're not much for drinks, there's a free flow of Chinese tea, so you don't need to order any beverages. ^~
And oh, sorry, all the photos had a date stamp to them. I am too lazy to airbrush those out. :D
Blue Sky Chinese Restaurant
7 Waratah Place
Phone: (03) 9663 9888