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Dinner at Kingsleys Woolloomooloo (not the Kingsleys Steakhouse in the city!) was oh so very omnomnom-worthy.
The restaurant’s in the middle of the wharf near Harris’ de Wheels and my first thought when we arrived was “holy crap that’s so dark”. We sat outside and had these weird flickering candles that did crap-all for lighting. Had to use my iPhone to read the menu and also took photos blindly, surprised it turned out alright.
So… before arriving, I already knew exactly what I wanted – those Alaskan Crab Legs (chilled) and a Wagyu rib eye steak (although I was certain I read rump before…)
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- Alaskan King Crab Legs 200g – Oh. my. god… so juicy, so sweet, so fresh, so tasty!!! So much meat in that thin and easy to take off crab shell. Seriously, the meat fell out of the shell when le bf opened the already cut up shell. It was great with or without the sauce, but I like lemony things so adding a bit of lemon was just pure awesomeness as well. I’m Asian, and while I don’t regularly eat crabs because I’m not made of a million bucks, I tend to have them in Chinese restaurants and after this… I feel like I’ve been missing out on really good crab… despite the fact that they’re cooked completely differently. ._.
- Baby Octopus – This was nice too, but nothing too special. Still a nice addition to our entre.
- Wagyu Rib Eye – We ended up ordering two of these in Medium Rare with Pepper sauce and didn’t bother trying different steaks lol. Pretty damn satisfying steak. It came out thinner than I had expected, but still retained enough juice and was close to being perfectly cooked. Kingsleys on King St? Pffttttt.
- Also ordered a Steakhouse Chips as side.
The only thing that caught us by surprise was the still water for $8.50. I assumed still water was tap water ha ha ha… oh well. Good meal justified being ripped off of water. Nice work. Meal would have been $150 but we had our entertainment card! So $50 off!
Oh oh oh, service was great too! The nice waitress for our table asked if we wanted mustard ;_; (this is important yo) and regularly helped pour le water and was very nice in general.
This was my b’day meal with le bf and I’m so happy we went here for it. Will definitely go back for some more alaskan crab legs… mmm dem legs…
Verdict: Really crap.
I’m going to make a lot of references to Din Tai Fung (DTF), because Lynn Shanghai said they had better dumplings and everyone else seems to compare the two.
Let’s just get straight into the food shall we, and then I’ll explain at the end of my post.
Going left to right.
- Milk Pearl Tea – alright, I give you this one. It’s decent.
- Steamed Pork Buns $8.80 – first thing we noticed – they’re a lot bigger than DTFs and the taste isn’t bad either. Does it beat DTF? Well, no, but it’s not bad.
- Braised Beef Noodle Soup $12.80 – again, a very large bowl and also quite tasty.
- Hot & Sour Soup $9.80 – well wtf, is this a restaurant for giants or just large groups only because this is big. Still, pretty tasty.
The images also indicate what arrived first so as you can see, we were pretty happy about the food, although the portions were a lot larger than what we had expected. A little bit too large in fact – and too bad because they don’t offer different sizes like many other restaurants. Size becomes a problem later in our meal.
- Green Sprout with Mushroom $16.80 – this came out sweet. Like, ice cream sweet. I’ve never tasted a green sprout dish so bad… so bad… we were sure the chef swapped the sugar and salt.
- Baked Sesame Pocket $18.80 – ah, the most expensive dish in this meal and also the worst. If only they had added seasoning then maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. Absolutely bland.
- Beef Belly in Chilli Sauce 12.80 – hmm, doesn’t quite look like what it did in the menu and this may actually beat the baked sesame pocket in terms of how crap it tastes. It’s literally a piece of cold meat with some sweet sauce on it. It’s meant to be an entre, but unfortunately was the size of a main dish.
- First piece, last piece, left over Beef Belly in Chilli Sauce – couldn’t quite finish this…
- Famous Steamed “Panda Face” Buns $7.90 – very cute isn’t it. Unfortunately tastes like badly cooked frozen buns from a few months ago.
- Red Bean inside Panda Face
- Failed Panda Face – also left over Panda Face
- Steamed Pumpkin Pastry Dumplings $7.80 – haven’t tried this one, but apparently it was one of the decent ones.
All dishes above are their signature dishes. But apparently 50% of the menu are signature dishes too. There’s just something seriously wrong about that.
Did I have high expectations? Yes, it was 83% on urbanspoon and 8.4 on eatability. People and I believe, the owner said it rivaled DTF, of course I had expectations. How did they do? I don’t even… how are they even comparing? They’re a thousand years too early to go against DTF, whether it’s food or service or menu or decor or location.
What was wrong with the large portions? Because by halfway of each dish, it felt like a chore and eventually started tasting like crap. Why oh why did they not have a smaller size hot and sour soup?
Revisit value? None. The meal turned out to be very, very expensive for what it was. I can safely say it is one of the top 5 worst Asian meals I’ve had in Sydney.
So why does urbanspoon and eatability have such a high rating? I have no bloody clue. Because some people just have terrible Asian tastes?
Photo’s a little bit blurry isn’t it? Ma bad.
Went to Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse on King St yesterday for a friend’s birthday. It was a littttle bit disappointing for me. Two of us ordered the rib-eye and le bf ordered a T-bone in medium-rare. The steak tasted like a pretty good quality steak for… a pub. It was a tad dry, not juicy enough and tasted fairly plain. So for a $40-50 a steak, I probably wouldn’t bother going back. For the same amount of money, I could get a pretty juicy nomnom steak at Hurricanes or Prime. But then I did use my Entertainment Card (25% off max $50) so I guess it wasn’t exactly $40-50, so that’s not too bad!
The sides weren’t anything special, we ordered a garlic mushroom and onion rings. The mushroom tasted like plain cooked mushroom.
Service was shite. Took forever to get the attention of the waiter for the damn bill.
My next steak journey is going to be at Chophouse on Bligh St for my own birthday! Or maybe the other Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse… or maaaybe Prime to be safe… :O options!