On Mother’s Day we dropped into Bava Chinese Restaurant and were fortunate to get seated without a booking. The first thing I noticed was the very clean dining area. With acrylic artworks on the walls and modern interior it’s a different feel for a Chinese restaurant. The waiting staff too had handsome uniforms and were very friendly and efficient.
As there were five of us we decided to order a mix of dishes and share as you tend to do in Chinese restaurants. Our orders were:
Sizzling Garlic Seafood Combination - $18.80
A lightly sauced mix of prawn, fish, scallops and calamari that was delicious, fresh and just the right amount of spice.
Peppercorn Duck - $18.80
I’m not usually a duck eater, but I thought I’d try this Chef special and loved it. Lightly battered and with a dipping sauce it was tender and not dry.
Sizziling Chicken with Satay Sauce - $15.80
My wife’s choice dish when we go asian. For her it’s a safe bet. She’s not big on vegetables (shame as some Asian restaurants offer amazing vegetable dishes) and she loved it. We all sampled this and the sauce was just the right texture. Cheaper restaurants tend to water the peanut sauce down, making the food a poor version of what is a popular choice by westerners eating Chinese. Thankfully Bava gets it right. The chicken too was tasty and fresh.
Salt and Pepper Flounder - $18.80
A whole flounder with lot’s of chopped onion, garlic and spices. Very good. Tasty with just the right salt and pepper to ensure the skin has that salty seafood taste you want.
Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs - $16.80
These were very good. Unusually not the red colour some restaurants make, but more a chocolate colour but tasty and spicy.
3 x Bava Special Fried Rice - $29.40
I always think you can tell a good Chinese restaurant by trying the rice alone. A poor restaurant will make a half hearted attempt at fried rice with a few peas for decoration and a touch of salt. Bava got the mix right with a tasty rice, subtle and not overwhelming but instead a just right compliment to the main dishes.
If you’re in the city and wanting a good Chinese meal, Bava Chinese Restaurant on Gouger Street is a good choice. Much better then some that are lazy and pushing out below par dishes and at an affordable price. Recommended if you want a good Chinese meal, clean place to eat and don’t want to spend a fortune.
Bava Chinese Restaurant
57 Gouger Street
Phone 8231 4648