We had not visited this restaurant in recent years and noticed a tempting online 'daily deal' offer in early May for '3-course meal', sharing an entree, half-Peking duck and main, all at a good discount. It seemed to be a great opportunity to dine at this restaurant and experience Peking duck again at a reasonable cost, so we went there for dinner last Saturday night. Our first impression was to note the vastness of the main dining area, this being able to accommodate 300 diners, not counting the two separate smaller rooms on the mezzanine level reserved for large private groups. High-backed traditional chairs are a pleasant feature of its decor, with its smaller tables wider than at most similar eateries, these spaciously set apart. Apart from a dozen or so at one large table, there were only five couples dining that evening whilst we were there, this admittedly being at an early hour. However, many of these were ethnic Chinese, frequently in itself a reliable sign of the standard of an Asian eatery's cuisine.
Whilst the menu is extremely extensive, we were largely spared the need to make decisions on what to order, ours being a set menu but for mains. Our mixed entree, served with three separate dipping sauces, gave us a tasty spring roll, fried dumpling and spicy chicken wing each, and was a good starter. We then shared a half-Peking duck, partly sliced, with which to fill our thin crepes/pancakes, accompanied by another tasty sauce, and partly minced with veges to fill and eat enclosed in lettuce leaves in the traditional manner of a Peking duck feast. We felt that the skin was a little too chewy and could have been more crispy, but it was otherwise very satisfying. The only missing item was the usual soup made from the remainder of the duck, although this was admittedly not part of the deal. As a main, we chose to share sliced pork, shrimps and veges served with steamed rice, this being also very tasty, although with perhaps too many vegetables for our liking, especially the chunky pieces of bok choi. As against that, considering the menu price of this dish, the shrimps were fairly generous.
Although we would normally have taken advantage of the BYO wine facilities, we accompanied our meals on this occasion with chinese tea included in our deal, our pot being regularly re-filled by wait staff as needed. In was, all in all, a most enjoyable repast, and different from our usual pattern for dinner at Asian eateries. As well as having plenty of choices, the menu offers a wide range generally of prices with quite a few mains options below the $20 mark, although some are much dearer. Our dinner at normal menu prices would not in our view represent reasonable value for money. However, we may still return one to try their lunch-time yum cha, or maybe make another visit for dinner on a suitable occasion.
Group of 8 went to yum cha last Sunday. It was chocker. Nevertheless they were able to take the time to set up a highchair for our toddler and get him a glass of water. It was boiling hot, but suited the exotic vibe. The standout dishes were the roast pork and stuffed eggplant. Dumplings all good. Greens (bok choy)? tough and chewy -- the only disappointment. Jasmine tea replenished repeatedly. Recommend for family and big groups.
I've been to Grand Century before, and it has always been a fine restaurant. Today was the first time back in about a year.
We ordered deep fried prawn balls as the entree and a barbecue chicken as the main. Both were stale with a foul smell in each. Even the complimentary mints at the counter were stale.
It was never this bad, over the year 2012 it seems to have gotten much worse.
Went to this place for yum char a few times. Its getting worse. The food are really oily especially the stir-fry dishes. Once we ordered a dish called green onion pancake. It was cook using pan-fry. The staff/kitchen staff/chef were really sneaky. One side of the pancake was completely burnt but they served it upside down and folded to hide away the burnt part. After picking it up, we noticed this and asked for a replacement. They replaced it unwillingly and gave us a shocked look like we were trying to cause problems. Not keen to go back at all.
Came here a couple of times for dinner in recent months with our table of twelve diners both times on a Tuesday night. Its seem the Grand Century restaurant is only really busy for yum char lunches in the weekends and on special private functions. There was hardly any other table of diners present, which is a shame as our ten courses of food ordered on both occasions was nice and tasty and the service was good. Perhaps it was our cold chilly Wellington winter nights keeping their diners away.