Bambamboo located within the 140 Perth building opened its door three weeks ago to the public, much to the delight of many in the foodie community. I am not sure whether it was the cuteness of the sign (Kungfu Panda much?) or the promise of delicious dumplings that did it, but there was a buzz surrounding its opening with much anticipation of sampling what Bambamboo has to offer evident from all the mentions on social media.
When an opportunity came to take our vacation student out for lunch towards the end of his placement in our office, I quickly suggested going to Bambamboo. My colleagues readily agreed. One of them proceeded to inform me that there was a 50% discount on meals at Bambamboo for the first two days of their opening. Bonus! We visited on the second day!
As expected, the place was flooded with people even though we headed there earlier to try to beat the lunch crowd. We were informed that there will be a 45 minutes wait for food. Not wanting to miss out, we waited. It turned out the wait was only approx. 20 – 30 minutes for the food to arrive, not as long as initially expected.
Bambamboo has a DIY ordering system with Ipad stations located at the front and back of the restaurant. One has to find a seat, proceed to the ordering station to put in the order and then pay at the counter. The whole menu is loaded into each Ipad with pictures, description and price clearly shown of each dish. Very easy!
It is also self-service when it comes to the food and beverage. Orders are called out when ready and picked up at the food counter. The same goes with beverages, picking up cutleries, napkins and condiments. Quite efficient I suppose.
We may have gone slightly overboard with the ordering due to the 50% discount we were entitled to, here are the items we had for lunch!
- Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork buns) 11pc ($9) – the skin was a bit thick but I liked the meat filling on the inside. It was tender and juicy, and soupy. However it is not comparable to restaurant like Din Tai Fung.
- Shui Jiao (boiled dumpling) 13pc ($9) – the skin was once again quite thick on these in my opinion but the taste was good. Generous serving too for the price.
- Pork Belly Noodle Soup ($10.80) – this was my order and it was great albeit too oily for my liking. Not a dish I would order on the regular but I enjoyed it while it lasted! The pork belly was tender, soup was flavorsome and noodles were smooth.
Other dishes ordered by my colleagues were the Zajiang Noodle (fried sauce noodles)($10.80) and the BBQ Pork and Shui Jiao noodle ($10.80). They both liked their dishes.
Our vac student being a vegetarian went for the Clear Noodle Soup ($5) with a serving of Chive Puff ($5). No complaints from him whatsoever, he was happily enjoying the meal.
To round the meal off, we had a serve of Black Sesame Pudding ($5). It tasted like black sesame jelly to me. I quite enjoyed this dessert.
Besides the usual hot and soft drinks, Bambamboo serves a range of unique teas which can be bought as a pack to take home. We had the Pu-Erh tea ($3.50) and Bilouchun tea ($3.50). The teas were served in a double insulated cup, no more burning fingers!
Overall I had an enjoyable meal and a great experience at Bambamboo, from the DIY ordering system to sampling the meals themselves. I love the contemporary and modern Chinese feel to the place! Prices are quite reasonable too. Another option for lunch at 140 Perth!