Stacy bought a group of us jet-boat ride on the swan river which was so much fun! The jet boat took off from Barrack St jetty and took us out past the old swan brewery, then they unleashed the full power of the jet at nearly 80km/h, with a continual mix of 360 degree spins, wild fish tail spins and incredible power brake stops. Some of us were half drenched and others were drenched from top to toe. Thanks Stacy & Tim, it was great! If you are a thrill seeker, check it out.
After the jet-boat ride, we were starved so off we went to dim sum at Dragon Palace on Francis St, Northbridge. Since 2008, Dragon Palace has held the mantle as the largest Chinese restaurant in Perth, offering seating for more than 400 people in the main dining room, and a space-age-style, late-night-early-morning karaoke bar with a gob-smacking 28 rooms. The huge, curved building and prominent Chinese lettering forms a presence on Francis St as dominating as the Great Wall of China and probably just as visible from the moon.
Everything is writ large at Dragon Palace, and that’s definitely a good thing if you love Chinese, particularly Cantonese, cuisine. Dim sum and noodles reign supreme during the daytime, while lobsters, crabs, crocodiles, pigeons, prawns and ducks come to the table at night. The banquet and steamboat seafood buffet options are great for large groups looking to fill up before stretching those vocal chords in the karaoke bar.
It was pretty packed when we got there and that’s not unusual of dim sum on a Sunday. We had to wait for about half an hour before we had enough people on our table to be taken to our seats. Then the onslaught of food arrived on our table. We had the usual steamed spare ribs with black bean sauce, baked BBQ pork buns, pork dumplings, prawn dumplings, roast duck, steamed chicken, steamed beancurd rolls and pan-fried pork dumplings much like Japanese gyoza.
There were also these steamed buns with a sweet bean paste that John didn’t like but I didn’t mind it. Some of us had rice porridge which looked really good. The food was great, freshly made and tasty as well. I loved their fresh watermelon juice which was so sweet! And their deserts were good too, there was the grass jelly, mango pudding and the usual sago with coconut milk too.
The meal came up to $260 for about 11 of us including kids which works out to be $30 per person and I think that it’s pretty reasonable seeing that we had lots to eat and were stuffed for the rest of the afternoon. The only thing about the service is that the waitresses were not very quick is clearing the empty plates and steamers off the table. Also the food didn’t seem to come around anymore after awhile. We were still a little hungry and ordered some more food but they had forgotten about some of our order.
On the whole, 8 for the food quality, 9 for the atmosphere, 8 for pricing and 7 ½ for service.
66 Francis St
08 9228 2888
Open Lunch: Weekdays 10:30am – 3:00pm Weekends 10:00am – 3:00pm