PULSE Recipes FengHuang Lou – Reviewed

FengHuang Lou – Reviewed

2016 Dec 21

by Yasonil Piyatissa


Overall:       ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ 

Cuisine:       Chinese

Open:          Lunch: 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. Dinner: 6.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.  

Food:          ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ 

Drinks:        ☺ ☺

 

Ambience

Fenghuang Lou is a classic Chinese restaurant that will meet any foodie’s expectations when hoping for an authentic and traditional Chinese meal. The outer appearance of the restaurant radiates a sense of class while the inner ambience is complete with bright lighting and the hum of soft traditional Chinese music playing in the background. The seating arrangement was slightly too cramped for my liking, however the area upstairs was more open and offered a choice to customers who would prefer a more intimate dining experience.

Moreover, the service was excellent! Fast, efficient and extremely hospitable. Our table was constantly attended to and there wasn’t a moment where my empty glass wasn’t refilled with water.

Food and Drinks

Drinks

The drinks didn’t offer anything special other than a few fruit juices as it was clear that the main focus at Fenghuang Lou was the food. I would personally recommend going for a fresh lime juice as the sour taste refreshingly balances out the rich food.

Appetizers: Spring Rolls – Rs.  320,  Crab Dumplings – Rs. 650

We started off our meal with the Vegetable Spring Rolls and Crab Dumpling appetizers. The Spring Rolls accompanied by a sweet & sour sauce was deliciously crisp. The subtle flavor in the rolls was complemented by the rich tang in the sauce which resulted in a fantastic balance of taste.

The Crab Dumplings was an extremely small portion of only 3 pieces and was definitely not worth the price. I prefer light dumplings while these were too thick and rather tasteless.

 

Mains: Wok Fried Singapore Noodles – Rs. 850, Mixed Vegetables – Rs. 400, Chinese Style Chili Crab – Rs.350 per 100g, Chinese Roast Chicken – Rs. 520, Sizzling Cuttlefish – Rs. 990, Hot Butter Prawns – Rs. 900

As our main dish we tried the Wok Fried Singapore Noodles, which was absolutely delicious. It was generously packed with seafood and the combination of spices was simply heavenly. To accompany the noodles we had the Mixed Vegetables, Chinese Style Chili Crab, Chinese Roast Chicken, Sizzling Cuttlefish and Hot Butter Prawns.

The Mixed Vegetables was well seasoned and bathed in a sweet sauce that had a refreshing punch to it with the addition of sesame seeds.

The Chinese Style Chili Crab was amazing! The meat was soft and tender and was bursting with that sweet and spicy flavor we all love.

The Chinese Roast Chicken was well worth the price and tasted even better than it looked. The meat was appetizingly full of colour and succulent. The dry texture of the chicken complimented the other dishes which were all deliciously saucey. Accordingly, I would definitely recommend ordering the Roast Chicken because it is bound to go well with any dish.

The Sizzling Cuttlefish was undoubtedly the most exciting dish I enjoyed that night. I could hear the mouthwatering sizzle all the way from the kitchen and the presentation was absolutely perfect.

The Hot Butter Prawns were so soft and crisp that it practically melted in your mouth.

Dessert: Pineapple Fritters with Ice Cream– Rs.  and Crème Brule – Rs. 500

For dessert there was a small selection that ranged from Pineapple Fritters with Ice Cream and Crème Brule. All in all, the food ranged from nothing special to absolutely amazing; One would just have to hope that they order the right dishes.

 

The food had its ups and downs but overall it was quite delicious and some dishes, such as the Chinese Style Roast Chicken, was the best I’ve ever had. Pricing was reasonable with a few exceptions where there was high overpricing. Ample space for parking and the service was at its best. I definitely plan on dining at Fenghuang Lou again!

Let us know what you think of Fenghuang Lou in the comments below! Is there anything we’ve missed?

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