i love the Women Against Feminism that are like “I dont need feminism because i can admit i need my husband to open a jar for me and thats ok!” cause listen 1. get a towel 2. get the towel damp 3. put it on the lid and twist. BAM now men are completely useless. you, too, can open a jar. time to get a divorce
26 August 2014
The ongoing debate about China Town’s best and worst restaurants is animated enough to end friendships (or at least fuel heated discussions during boozy dinners at said restaurants). Billy Lee’s has officially claimed my prize for “worst Chinese restaurant” in China Town. You can read below to find out more.
It is no wonder that we landed a last-minute booking for our large group when the likes of Uncle Billy’s (yay for similar and confusing names) and City Garden were already booked out. Hawker’s Cuisine might have moved into larger premises outside of busy China Town, but we had no joy scoring a booking there either!
Chilli pepper chicken
The first in a long line of battered, fried, and very salty dishes. Chilli pepper chicken had no real spiciness except the green cut chillies scattered on top. Oily and tasty enough if you’re in the mood for azn KFC.
Salt and pepper squid
We ordered a couple of plates of squid because this is a popular dish in almost every Asian restaurant that I visit (even the oh-so-authentic Kulcha Cafe in Joondalup). I enjoyed one piece even though it was missing the crucial crunchy bits of fried garlic, chilli and spring onion.
Sizzling Japanese tofu
I don’t understand how Billy Lee’s gets this dish so wrong. This is something that even I can cook better myself (and my recipe is in the pipeline, so watch this space). The kitchen obviously relies on tomato sauce for flavour, rather than salted fish which is more expensive. Too sweet and overpowering - the worst version of this dish that I have endured to date.
My fellow diners were a mix of Westerners and Asians, so honey chicken snuck onto the list without my objection. Food court standard battered and fried tiny pieces of chicken, slathered with a sticky honey syrup.
Crispy skin duck
The one time in my life that I was forced by external circumstances to visit a Han’s Cafe restaurant, I ordered the roast duck because almost every place in Perth orders this meal from the same distributor (so you can’t really stuff it up). A tasty dish as expected, but obviously not in the same league as specialist roast meat restaurants like Good Fortune Duck House.
Salt and pepper soft shell crab
The incredibly loud din of the neighbouring tables full of drunk Aussie guys coupled with our waitress’s poor understanding of English to produce this accidental order. An incredibly heavy batter made it near impossible to tell that this was soft shell crab. The flavours were bland and I couldn’t stomach any more identical fried foods.
Golden soft shell crab
Our table wanted a couple more dishes to fill our bellies before heading to a boozy karaoke sesh. I tried again to order golden soft shell crab following the previous disappointment. This time we received the correct dish, but the kitchen had skimped so hard on the salted egg that the flavour barely came through. Argh!!
It might have sizzled once, but this dish was almost room temperature by the time is arrived at our table. Sugary and uninspired gravy. That’s it, I’m done with Billy Lee’s.
Service was below average despite the waitress’s best efforts to communicate with us. The boss couldn’t understand my request for an itemised bill, but the meal was the standard $20pp as expected. Ambience was non-existent and the guys next to us literally arrived holding multiple crates of beer. The boss lady should really have marched upstairs to quieten them down, particularly because the surrounding tables (including families) looked very uncomfortable.
More importantly, Billy Lee’s has the worst food of the restaurants that I have visited in China Town. I doubt they will lift their game because a constant stream of drunk bogans should fund them into retirement. However, I won’t be returning in the foreseeable future.
Likes: last minute bookings for large groups in busy China Town
Dislikes: crap food, poor service, loud bogans with crates of beer
Value for money: below average compared to similar restaurants in China Town
Overall: unimpressed and would not return
Shop 15, 66 Roe St
(08) 9328 4003
Billy Lee’s is bscly my favourite restaurant in Northbridge. Their vegetarian food is amazing.
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