It's not like me to go to Castle Hill RSL for a meal. But that's exactly what I've dine for the past two Sundays.
It's also not like Castle Hill RSL to be home to a buzzing new Chinese restaurant. It is a welcome change - both for the RSL, and for those familiar with restaurants in the area.
The RSL on the whole seems to have gone through a serious makeover, and walking into Jin Yan, you get the feel that this modern Chinese restaurant is a comfortable and natural fit with the revamped RSL.
The restaurant isn't huge, but they seem to have done a good job of fitting in a lot of tables comfortably. There are a mix of traditional round tables with lazy susans as well as rectangular ones located in the covered balcony.
The food is worth a mention too. The first time I came was actually as a guest of a family friend who very generously ordered an incredibly lavish meal starting with a dish of lobster with ee fu noodles. The Chinese style lobster dish was probably the best I've had in awhile, but it probably cost a fair bit too.
The dishes that followed were no less than spectacular. There was a free range ginger chicken dish, a mixed Asian mushroom and Chinese spinach dish, a fried tofu and prawn dish, amongst others. I've eaten at many a Chinese restaurant, but somehow these dishes were relatively unfamiliar.
The second time I came, we ordered yum cha. It gets super busy, so you want to get there before 12 to avoid a wait.
The food is great and prices are reasonable. The egg tarts are UH-MAZING so if that's your thing, be sure to get some.
A must-visit, especially if you're a local. Good work on making Castle Hill less of a dump.
In the words of a famous cyborg/actor/politician, "I'll be back."