Rating: 3 out of 5
Canton Noodle House
45 Burwood Road, Burwood 2134
Something has to be said about a place that is unfussy to look at, with wipe down tables, fluorescent lighting, and a menu handwritten on coloured paper stuck to the wall, but is always filled with eager Chinese diners.
This restaurant is smack in the middle of Burwood, and is a favourite at lunch time and also in the evening. We dined here on a Monday night, which would normally be a night that restaurant owners have off, but this place is still busy. We are seated quickly and efficiently, with a pot of hot Chinese tea reaching our table before our bums even hit our seats.
The combination chow mein arrived after only a short wait, and we found a generous mix of seafood, vegetables, tender chicken and beef, and BBQ pork in a saucy gravy, poured over a thick nest of crispy thin egg noodles. One of the best things about chow mein is having a mix of textures, with crunchy noodles as well as soft noodles after the gravy has deliciously soaked in.
This dish was generously proportioned, and the meat was tender and juicy. There was also a fairly even ratio of meat and vegetables to noodle, meaning you’re not left with lonely noodles or meat towards the end of the meal. However, the gravy was a little on the salty side, and was a bit too gelatinous, suggesting that the chef was a bit overeager with the corn starch.
Overall, the combination chow mein here is great value at $10.70 for a big serving without the frills but delivers it with no fuss.