Respond to Review of Gong De Lin
Review: I first reviewed this place in February this year and was not particularly impressed but now having been a few times my opinion has changed a bit. I still think you have to be selective about what you order and some menu items - especially some mock-meaty ones - are pretty bad (for example the 'steak'). However, some dishes have taken me by surprise: the soy fillets are actually quite nice. I was here with a friend this week and we took the cramped lift (now attended by a security guard during busy periods) up to the very clean and slightly tacky restaurant and were seated in a booth by a friendly staff member. We ordered from the menu and took photos of our food as it arrived (me for this site, my friend for Facebook). Our meal consisted of: spring rolls (nice but not exceptional), pan-fried mushrooms with rice (tasty), pan-fried rice cakes (unfortunately a bit doughey) and stirfried string beans (a recommended staple of mine at this place, with a delicious garlicky flavour). My non-veg*n friend remarked on how good it was. Mains come with free orchids (as garnish). Previously I had found it a little challenging to know what was vegan but now it is clearer. There is a business card saying "Fully Vegan" and I have been informed by staff that all dishes are vegan except some desserts. I still find this place a little expensive for what it is: mains are in my experience around $18-$20. After gaining some familiarity, I feel this place is fine as an option when you're in the Melbourne CBD but order judiciously.