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BBQ ONE

Cuisine: Chinese

There is probably no better indication of the calibre of a restaurant than its popularity with the locals and it’s not uncommon to see queues running out the door at BBQ One. While there’s definitely nothing fancy about this tiny, no-frills Hong Kong-style eatery — which now has an outlet in the Eastwood Shopping Centre — the food here is worth lining up for. Offerings range from standards such as honey king prawns $18.50 and prawn wonton in soup $10 through to unique dishes not for the faint-hearted, such as pork hock and jellyfish with rice $11.50 and a variety of pork offal. Our favourite from the menu is whole crispy roast duck $26. The meat comes out hot and succulent with irresistibly crispy skin. Eat what you can then get a ducky bag for the rest.

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EASTWOOD GARDEN PEKING

Cuisine: Chinese,Chinese

Duck devotees travel across town for imperial Beijing’s most famous dish Eastwood Garden style. Located in busy Rowe Street, this long narrow room possesses bland decor but the atmosphere is lively as large tables of local families tuck into their meals. The waitstaff are friendly and efficient but not so efficient that you feel rushed. The much-vaunted Peking duck $40.80 (introduced to you then carved in the kitchen) spreads across two courses (and several diners), with the second course a choice between san choy bow and shredded duck with housemade fried noodles. Other noteworthy mains include Peking-style shredded beef $15.80, snowcrab in egg white $17.80, a slippery, egg-based crab-infused dish) and lightly battered chilli squid $15.80, which is also salty and peppery, the way we like it. Be prepared to queue for a table but turnover is fast.

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HUKUYA

Cuisine: Chinese,Chinese,Japanese,Sushi

Thank heavens we booked when we visited because every other seat in this talked-about Eastwood sushi bar was taken — and it was only Thursday. Try for prized position at the fan-shaped window, where people-watching can punctuate mouthfuls of fried salty-sweet okonomiyaki pancake $9 or sliced sushi roll with softshell crab, slaw and fish roe, squiggled with mayonnaise $15. But the dish we really came here for — the one that’s made Hukuya famous, both for its freshness and portion size — is the sashimi. Whether regular or deluxe $18/$35, both boats are feasts of larger-than-normal pieces and eating them is a spectacle that turns fan-window diners into the ones being watched. We’d invite you to share but, lucky for us, you wouldn’t get a seat.

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ZENYA NOODLE BAR

Cuisine: Chinese,Chinese,Japanese,Sushi,Japanese

Japanese cuisine is not as foreign in Chinese- and Korean-dominated Eastwood as it used to be, so perhaps the most out-of-place thing about Zenya now is the flashy decor. By Eastwood (or any) standards, it’s polished: open kitchen, slate-brick walls, wooden benches, dimmed lighting and the structured sight of heads hovering over big bowls of ramen give this noodle bar a contemporary and comfortable feel. Ramen and udon are the specialties here but they also serve traditional and popular Japanese fare, including bento boxes, sashimi and donburi (rice bowl dishes). Choose between soy- or miso-flavoured soups, maybe the cha-shu ramen with tender-as-anything roasted pork, salty boiled egg and a shard of nori paper $14.80 or Tokyo ramen with fishcakes and pork $10.80. Grab a ladle and get slurping.

 

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