Old Town Hong Kong Barangaroo
- Date Visited: 24th of July, 2017
- Order: Stir-Fried Noodles with 2 choices of BBQ, Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab
- Final bill: $45.60 AUD
If you have ever been to Hong Kong, then you are aware of the hustle and bustle that lives in the heart of their streets and markets. From the loud chattering to the constant shouting across the floor between waiters and chefs trying to fulfil orders. The acoustics of utensils and chinaware clattering with the background noise of chopping board and ambiences coming from inside the kitchen. Well, Old Town Hong Kong in Barangaroo is no exception.
The store filled with excitement and aroma from the hanging BBQ meat and the sizzling sound of the wok produced a familiarity of Hong Kong cuisine.
There is nothing more authentic than seeing pieces of Char Siu (BBQ pork), Siu Yuk (roast pork) and Shaoyazi (Peking duck) hanging on display waiting to be served.
If you visit Old Town Hong Kong in Barangaroo around lunch time (12 pm), be prepared to wait at least 15-20 minutes to be seated. My advice is to go after lunch hours (1:30 or 2 pm) where you can almost get a table instantly without queueing.
The waiters are very fast in their service and you are immediately presented with a menu as you sit down. Drink orders are taken before they give you some time to decide on your food. You can always find someone around ready to assist you or take your order once you are ready.
As for the food service, depending on your order, it can take anywhere between 8-10 minutes or for more complicated dishes like deep fried soft shell crab it may take up to 15 minutes.
Now, down to business! Presentation-wise, everything was assembled nicely on very simple white plates with some floral design. Unfortunately, the soft shell crab was presented on a chipped plate this time around. As this is a Hong Kong style eatery, I would not expect everything to be perfect as you would find in more high-end restaurants.
You will definitely find the oil shine that you would expect on stir-fried Asian cuisines balanced with some blanched greens or finely chopped herbs sprinkled on top to bring more vibrancy to the plate.
The authenticity in the taste of the barbecued meats makes my childhood memories of living in Hong Kong resurface every time I come here to eat. It definitely brings back memories of the Peking duck and soya sauce chicken as if I was back in Hong Kong. Each piece of meat was succulent and bursting with flavour on every bite. The soya sauce stir-fried noodle adds more body to the dish and hones in on the taste to give you an unforgettable experience. I have ordered this dish many times and Old Town Hong Kong at Barangaroo continues to deliver consistently.
Another one of my favourites at Old Town Hong Kong in Barangaroo, deep fried soft shell crab with chilli salt. I am a sucker for soft shell crab, but not everyone can deliver this dish perfectly. Some are over seasoned whilst others are dry and overcooked that the crab meat loses its luxurious texture.
Old Town Hong Kong at Barangaroo absolutely nails this dish. From the actual pieces of soft shell crab to the slices of chilli and salted crispy bits, everything was perfectly seasoned and balanced to make a harmonious plate. As you bite into the pieces of soft shell crab, you can taste the crunchy salted tempura layered on top of the beautifully cooked, juicy pieces of sweet crab meat.
I am not going to hide the fact that this may be a bit more expensive than your normal lunches, averaging around $19-26 AUD per person. But you are guaranteed satisfaction and won’t feel like eating or be hungry until dinner time!
This is as close as it gets to a high-end restaurant offering Hong Kong/Chinese cuisine around the city without trekking all the way towards Chinatown/Market City area.
I have been a happy returning customer of Old Town Hong Kong at Barangaroo since its opening. Whether lunch or dinner, the food is always consistent and provides satisfaction to anyone I bring along. Even my old man, who lived part of his life in Hong Kong and is particularly picky about Chinese cuisine, was happy with his experience. That says a lot about the quality and authenticity of Old Town Hong Kong in Barangaroo!