Relocating from Hawthorn to Kew in 2006, San Choi was revamped with typical Hong Kong-style decor – low-slung red lanterns, a sea-green, gold and mahogany colour scheme – and even more ways to enjoy seafood than you thought possible. Despite a nearly ten-minute wait for a menu (before it was even busy), the large meal did not disappoint. It’s not surprising, considering head chef Chan Man has many years’ experience in Chinese cuisine.
The menu is extensive and offers a wide range of vegetarian options, rice and noodles, poultry, beef and pork, but people come here for the seafood. The feature wall of water tanks is a floating wonderland for the freshest dishes including king crab, coral trout, tiger prawn and barramundi. If none of these options sound appealing then check out what appears to be lovely Chinese art decorating the walls. These red fancy scrolls are actually interesting specials not on the printed menu.
Traditional Chinese music fills any silences – but these are rare as the staff love chatting to guests.
300 High Street, Kew
(03) 9852 9119, www.sanchoi.com.au