Citi Zen is located inside one of Adelaide’s most historical buildings the old Brenock Hotel. After renovating the interior they are now Adelaide’s largest Chinese restaurant specialising in Cantonese cuisine and traditional yum cha.
Shallot pancake. One of my favourite dishes. The pastry was light and crispy but definitely needed more spring onion inside.
Siu mai. Steamed pork dumplings with prawn and mushrooms wrapped in wonton wrappers.
Char siu bao. Steamed barbecue pork bun. The meat filling was sweet and tender and the bun soft and deliciously fluffy.
Feng zhao. Steamed chicken feet in black bean sauce. A lot of effort goes into making this dish. First the chicken feet are deep fried, braised and then steamed. The skin was so incredibly soft and fell off the bone.
Hom sui gok. Deep fried glutinous rice dumplings filled with pork and shrimp. The dumpling was chewy and luscious on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside.
Deep fried prawn balls with a crunchy noodle coating and topped with sweet and sour sauce. I love how crunchy these prawn balls are.
Stir fried green beans with garlic. This dish was served cold which I found unappetising but that is just my personal taste. I’ve had it at other yum cha places where it is served warm.
Unfortunately on this occasion we didn’t get more steamed items as the cart didn’t have any of the items we wanted.
The yum cha at Citi Zen is fresh and clean on the palate compared to other Chinese restaurants which I find quite greasy and very heavy. They also have a very large variety of dishes ranging from the traditional steamed to more modern and unconventional to keep things interesting.
Their dining rooms are so large and spacious. They can fit you in even if you don’t have a booking and you don’t have to wait very long. A great place to have a long and relaxing lunch with friends.
Apologies for my terrible photos on this occasion, the food wasn’t the prettiest and the lighting was awful inside.