I don't care about how this place looks, which is good because it doesn't look good, it looks old and tired and about to give up on itself.
I do care about the food it serves. When I visited it with my ever so patriotic Chinese dad about 9 years ago, it was decent. The food is reasonably authentic and the complimentary soup was actually amazing.
I could see why he was crazy enough to eat there every day; it wasn't bad, and he didn't eat anything but Chinese food, so had decided to miss out on all the fantastic dining options Glebe and the surrounding suburbs have to offer.
But I've stopped going here because over the years the soup has had its recipe changed and then started tasting like they just threw some old ingredients into a pot of water (I don't know if they even offer it anymore). The dishes seem to have morphed towards a level of greasiness that only an old Chinese-American type establishment could be proud to advertise, and what horrifies me the most, is the tea.
I know it's not a big deal, tea. But for a Chinese restaurant to have supermarket teabags in a teapot is just embarrassing. It tells me the owners aren't proud of the fantastic range of teas a Chinese restaurant could be offering to its customers. It's not authentic, it's budget without needing to be, and the final straw for me was when I decided to taste the boiled teabag water and found that it tasted like plain water. It was also completely colourless.
They hadn't even bothered to use a fresh teabag when the table had been made for a new customer. A once used teabag would have produced a faint colour, so it was at least two times that they decided filling a pot with a used teabag was good enough as their way of passing off their authentic Chinese tea.
The rest of the restaurant's aspects are about as tired and thin as their tea, and their "who cares, we're just here to make a quick buck, and these customers don't know or care what good authentic Chinese food is anyway" attitude makes me feel embarrassed to tell people I like Chinese food, lest they think I have a bizarre preference towards pouring grease and boiled water down my throat.
From the outside this little place doesn't look like much - honestly I thought it had been closed down from a distance but my husband wanted to check it out so we went in with the intention to grab some take away (once we realised it was open for business lolll) but actually sat down. The restaurant is in desperate need of a renovation - whole place but I can't fault the food. Entree and mains were delightful with authentic homemade flavours and was very cheap for a City location and it is BYO and one of a very few restaurants left that don't charge a surcharge to open the bottle. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Overall I would definitely go back to get take away but would prefer it renovated before eating in again. That said, the place was packed.