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Respond to Review of Zenhouse Vegetarian Yum Cha
by Tiggy

Review: I had been to this place a couple of years ago just to have their vegan ice cream but remembered little about it (except that I learnt the hard way that I really don't like durian ice cream). We went there again this weekend and had dinner, as it was the only vegan-friendly place open after 4pm in Adelaide. The setup is very simple, with plain furniture, Lino floor, Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling, as well as calligraphic wall hangings and a wide variety of teas on display. The menu includes a number of yum-cha-style entrees, four each of western and Asian main dishes, several burgers. (although there is also a special on the blackboard). On this occasion we started with the Fried Spinach Dumplings. These were nice and crispy and not too oily, but, although there was a pleasant subtle savoury flavour to them, they were a bit dominated by a 'spinachy' (or even 'silverbeety') taste and texture. My partner ordered the Red Roasted Slices, which is mock roasted duck accompanied by cucumber and tomato. I tried it and the 'duck' was chewy/crispy, quite tasty but a little sweet. My own order, Zenhouse Claypot Noodles, consisted of tofu and vegetables and hokkein boodles in a savoury but slightly bland broth and ultimately didn't have a lot of flavour. These meals were reasonably priced at around $14-$15. However, I was slightly appalled when I ordered three different-flavoured scoops of vegan ice cream and they cost $15 - more than either of our mains. Strangely, according the woman serving me, if I'd ordered them all the same flavour it would have been $12. I queried the price but was told it was correct. We returned the next evening and discovered there was actually an entire (extensive) other dinner menu (as opposed to the Daily Menu we had ordered from the night before) that we had not seen because it had not been on our table, so make sure you don't miss this. This time we ordered a mild coconut-based vegetable curry which was quite delicious, as well as a steaming mushroom and vegetable stirfry - a tad sweet for my taste. The food is generally fine and the opening hours mean I'll be back next time I'm looking for dinner out in Adelaide. (Four stars means 'good' not 'very good')


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