The Husband and I have been rather impressed with a newly opened restaurant in Box Hill, Fancy Oriental. We ventured in their last week for lunch and at first, I was like, “Meh, whateverrrr!” – but then the food came and the more I ate, the more I liked it. In fact, we returned a few nights later for dinner and left the place with big, round bellies full of good food.
Fancy Oriental Lunch Review
Sunday Lunch time is always busy in Box Hill eateries and Fancy Oriental was no exception. The waitress who pointed us to an empty table must have forgotten about us because after a few minutes of sitting there looking like lost sheep, we had to ask a passing waiter for menus. The laminated Lunch menus are written in Chinese with poorly translated English – but what put me off was that a number of items had been crossed out with black marker pen. I also noticed that the free serving of Chinese tea was not offered to us – damn them! I love free stuff and I love Chinese tea!
It was a warm-ish day and I spied Hong Kong Cold Milk Tea on offer so I ordered that whereas The Husband ordered a Hong Kong Cold Milk Tea & Coffee. The drinks were okay – but I won’t be ordering them the next time I go in for lunch. I want my free Chinese tea!!!!
If you don’t know me, then let me tell you that I am incapable of making decisions when it comes to ordering food. I feel weirdly selfish if I insist on ordering a specific dish which only I, myself, can eat. For example, my Husband, cannot eat prawns as he is allergic to them and even though, I love prawns, I never order a prawn dish because it means I cannot share it with him. He, on the other hand, will happily eat a cheeseburger in front of me – and I’d rather go anorexic for a day than eat a cheeseburger – YUKKIES to the max!
Anyway, I let him do the ordering and he successfully picked two dishes that I secretly wanted to choose! YAY!
Eggplant in XO Sauce Noodles was dumped in front of us minutes after ordering. Presentation is clearly lacking but we were hungry so we dug in. Meatlovers may not like this non-meat dish, but I loved it. The eggplant (or aubergine as I would prefer to call it) was soft and gooey and sweet – and very fattening from being deep fried. The thick noodles were cooked perfectly and had this lovely shrimp XO sauce running through it. (He had to stop eating after a while because well…the shrimp got to his throat…poor boy and his allergies!) Would I order Eggplant in XO Sauce Noodles again? Oh yes!!! Do I care about the calories? La-la-la-I-can’t-hear-you!!
And the second dish was Deep Fried Fish with Sweetcorn on Rice - which looked like cat vomit (not that I’ve ever seen cat vomit!) At first, he looked at me and I looked at him. I think it must have just hit him that there was no MEAT! LOL. The thick eggy creamy sweetcorn sauce hit the right spot. It reminded me of my childhood in my Dad’s takeaway where I ate chicken and sweetcorn soup every single time I was there! There were six chunks of fish which had been deep fried with a light coating of flour – nothing impressive as the fish wasn’t straight out of the sea. Rice lovers will love this dish because this bowl is filled with epic servings of rice! We couldn’t stomach all of it!
Total bill for lunch was around $25.
Fancy Oriental Dinner Review
It was Saturday night and we umm-ed and ahh-ed a long time before we decided that it was MY turn to decide where to eat. And so I chose Fancy Oriental.
I got my Chinese tea…I got my Chinese tea…but I don’t think it was free because it was served in a teapot with tea cups (whereas during lunch hours at our previous visit, tea was served by staff with plastic cups…) Ah well, never mind…
I thought we could choose $10 meals like we did on our first visit, but it turns out that the menu which we looked at last time was a Lunch Menu. Main dishes were on average around $20 and the cheapskate me was none too pleased. The Husband, on the other hand, was hungry and keen to order, so he ordered Salted & Century Egg with Spinach and Fried Beef Ribs, Eggplant in Honey Black Pepper.
A couple of minutes after taking our order, the waiter plonked two bowls of soup on the table. What was I thinking? I was thinking FREE soup! NICE!!! This Chinese soup is the pork and orange carrot and the green carrot (hence the green oil swimming on top of the soup)- if you don’t know what this means, then either your Mum is not Chinese or if she is Chinese, then she has failed you as a Mother!!! No, I am kidding. My Mum makes this all the time and it stinks out the house because of the “green carrot” shizz, but it is still tasty. The Fancy Oriental version was pretty average and I couldn’t taste any MSG so that was good.
If you’re Popeye, then Salted & Century Egg with Spinach is perfect for you. This dish is packed full of greens!!! Both of us love eggs – chicken eggs, salted eggs, century eggs!! The cubed pieces of egg had been mixed with pieces of ginger (I love ginger!), slices of carrots and odd sprigs of beansprouts and all this paired with spinach was a perfect combo. It was a popular choice as I spied it on another table in the restaurant.
The Fried Beef Ribs, Eggplant in Honey Black Pepper (Sauce) arrived in a metallic version of a claypot (does that mean it’s a metalpot??) and I think it would have been more impressive if it had been delivered with sizzle. Sizzling dishes always appeal to me. Anyway, this dish is jam-packed with fried aubergine (which was a tad oily) and the odd pieces of thinly sliced beef ribs. The sauce was delicious. The black pepper cut through the sweetness of the honey making it very appetising with steamed rice.
We managed to finish both dishes, even though it was a struggle. I asked him if he would come back to Fancy Oriental to eat again. He said, “Yes, but not for dinner.” Just as he was about to head off to pay, the waiter plonked down two bowls of Chinese dessert. The Husband promptly said, “Dessert??!! I’m coming back for dinner again!”
The Chinese dessert was the hot sweet soup (“tong sui”) which had red bean, sago, black glutinous rice and barley bathed in a coconut milk type. Do NOT ask me for the English translation – there is none I know of. I’m not a huge fan of desserts but I liked this one – not too sweet and not too creamy. I finished it even though I was already stuffed to the max.
Total bill for dinner was around $37.
Fancy Oriental In A Nutshell
- Service : So-so. “Dear Staff, just because we look Chinese, we don’t speak Mandarin Chinese!”
- Menu Choices : Nice range but please sort out the dodgy English
- Food : Tickled our fancy!
- Toilets : Didn’t have the urge to pee so haven’t checked out the Ladies yet
- Value For Money : Worth it – but a moment on the lips and a lifetime on the hips!
- Recommend : Yes, of course!
606 Station Street, Box Hill