There is nothing more Australian than a BBQ on a public holiday – unless it’s a Chinese dinner. Finding ourselves hungry on a public holiday night and with limited dining out options, we decided to take the opportunity to check out May Kwai, a popular Chinese restaurant in Rose Bay. I’d heard a lot about this little gem, and had been wanting to check it out for a while. The slightly inattentive service notwithstanding, I wasn’t disappointed.
In comparison to many other restaurants serving traditional Chinese food, May Kwai is small in terms of space, but the portion sizes and options available are anything but. The menu is divided up into sections according to the protein used, or to the style of dish. If you like your scallops five different ways, or something different for dinner like an omelette; this is the place for you.
As we settled in, I could see that the San Choy Bow was a very popular menu. A vast number of lettuce cups sailed past our table, and I have to say, they looked very tempting; but after family negotiations, we decided on something else.
For starters, we ordered the Gow Gee ($11). Perfectly steamed they were very tasty – not at all rubbery, and each contained a substantial amount of prawn meat.
We then moved on to the mixed king prawn stir fry ($25.80) – a combination of delicious, plump prawns and scallops stir fried with mushrooms and shallots served on a sizzling serving dish. This was my favourite main. I felt like the whole ocean was sitting in front of me on a plate.
Back on land, our next dish was the the half duck served with plum sauce ($20.80). Again there was lots of meat in this dish. The skin was golden and crispy, and the sauce plentiful.
Our third main was the fillet of honey pepper chicken which was sweet and tasty, but did have a an after kick which required a glass of water on standby.
All of these were accompanied by a large serve of the vegetarian fried rice ($10), which was the only dish that fell flat for me. I found it too salty but my family liked it.
It was a great family night out. May Kwai could become our new public holiday tradition.
Where: 710 New South Head Road Rose Bay NSW
Why: Lots of options and big portions.
When: 7 days, lunch and dinner.
Good for kids: Yes
Take away: Yes