Ocean Reef Chinese Restaurant is located in the Heathridge Shopping Centre and is a small but cosy restaurant in the northern suburb. I hardly ever go north for food but my friends suggested this place for our ‘cell group’ reunion as they know the owner. For those who are wondering what a ‘cell group’ is, it’s part what we do at church, where people are allocated into different groups and meet up weekly for fellowship and bible study in homes, basically to share lives together. It is vital for the growth of any Christian!
Back to the restaurant, it is very near Mitchell Freeway so is quite convenient and easy to find for those who are not used to the roads up north (like me!). As with any suburban chinese restaurant, the place is decorated with chinese lanterns and filled with big round tables adorned with red napkins! Very typical I thought. Even their placemats are very chinesey!
I was very late to dinner on this occasion as I got the time wrong and so did not take part in ordering the dishes. However, some dishes turned out to be what I would normally order anyways, so I guess we must all have the same taste? haha …They were as follow:
- Sizzling Japanese Tofu with Chicken
- Chilli Beef
- Sizzling Garlic King Prawn
- Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs
- Singapore style Fish
- “Fat San” Chicken – Crispy chicken with chilli and vinegar
- Garlic Kai Lan
The food turned out quite yummy (more so as I was very hungry!). I especially liked the Singapore-Style Fish as it reminded me of the Singapore Chilli Crab dish, very saucy and went well with the steamed rice. It made you want to eat more and more. The other dishes were as expected, they tasted about the same as other suburban chinese restaurants I had tried. The servings were reasonable too and we were all very full by the end of the meal. No complaint whatsoever.
The restaurant was very full that night which is always a good sign! Service was prompt and friendly. If I live nearer, I would probably go back for more – a good place to try some chinese tucker if you live around the area.