Springwood Gardens Chinese Restaurant has been an old favourite of mine for over fifteen years with its welcoming ambience and traditional menu. Itís a combination of the owners friendly greeting upon every visit; the wafting fragrance of stir fried veggies, and a host of great memories that keep me coming back.
The Filet steak with Peking sauce is a stand out
A decor of oriental art and modest light pink vinyl back chairs are the design of choice, with a stunning large window facing the Fairy Dell bush reserve. Prawn crackers and bright green chopsticks are laid out on every table which is neatly decorated with red napkins folded into delicate shapes.
Prawn Crackers and Chopsticks
Views of the Fairy Dell Reserve
The starters range from $4 up to $16.80, and feature all the old school favourites like Ham and Chicken Roll Deluxe, Sang Choy Bow and Pork Dumplings. Being a massive dumpling fan this was the obvious choice: $16.80 for 12 pieces served with ginger sauce. I did feel it was a bit expensive given the serving size.
Pork Dumplings with Ginger sauce
Options for a main course are extensive and range from Omelettes to Noodles and house specials. Traditional recipes like the Mongolian Lamb ($18.50), Fillet Steak with Peking sauce ($18.50) and Beef in Black Bean sauce all come out on sizzling hot plates, filling the air with a delicious aroma.
Boiled rice is $3 per person for a small, or $4 for a large which is plenty to share between two people.
House Special menu
Boiled Fresh Rice
I went with the Lamb with Ginger and Shallot ($18.50) which was a good serving size, and came with a small portion of julienne vegetables. The lamb was tender and finely cut, and went well in the ginger infused sauce.
I also sampled the Fillet Steak with Peking sauce, and loved the flavours of the sauce. Rich and vibrant.
Lamb with Ginger and Shallots
Surprisingly I did have room for desert, but was a bit disappointed at the limited desert menu options. All deserts are priced at $6 and feature the quintessential deep fried ice cream with toppings, Banana or Pineapple Fritter, Lychees or Strawberries with cream/ice cream.
I had the Banana fritter, and unfortunately found this not to be the ideal desert I was hoping for. The banana tasted like it was a way over itís used by date, and there were lumps of residual corn flour left over from the batter. I was relieved when the waitress bought out the fortune cookies, as this was a much more enjoyable sweet.
The banana fritter
The owners are delightful and make everyone who walks in feel welcome, however the waitstaff did seem a bit disinterested and non approachable. This is a good location for large groups and families with large tables available.
Besides the desert and waitstaff, the entree and mains were delicious and fresh.
I think Springwood Gardens is a good spot to come for a mid week dinner, offering both dine in or take away options.
Reading my fortune from the cookies
Where: 5 Raymond Rd Springwood NSW
Why: Good Chinese food and a relaxing ambience
Cost: $40 per person