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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Wongson's Chinese Restaurant, Waterford

High Street in Waterford is an odd little street. Behind a shopping centre, you've got the Wine Cellar (Irish/bistro), Emiliano's (Italian), Wongson's (Chinese, formerly Johnny Fan's) and an Indian (can't remember the name). It's an whirlwind tour of the ethnic side of Waterford.

We went for lunch today's to Wongson's with the in-laws. Wongson's is offering a two course meal (main + tea/coffee for E9-11ish) but you can add in a starter for just E1.5o. So overall, a three course lunch can come in around the E12 mark if you stay away from the more expensive options.

I went for wontons as a starter and Wongson's special beef as a main. 4 huge wontons arrived with a really meaty prawn filling. A delicious tomato-chili sauce accompanied them, which was definitely above the norm. My main turned out to be a huge portion of thin-sliced beef and vegetables in a dark, sweet spicy sauce. It reminded me of hoi-sin, with a chilli kick and it had a definite hint of caramel. Other mains were tom yum prawns, hot garlic beef and crispy onion chilli.

Wongson's does good, regular Chinese food with generous servings. I think that there's also an early bird menu with 3 courses for E18.95 (or there abouts). If you're an authentic chinese food junkie (like us) then it won't set your world on fire. If however, you want a good chinese meal, then it's definitely an option. Total cost for 4 starters, 4 mains (including tea/coffee) was E45.

Wongson's, John Collins House, High Street, Waterford. 051 - 854 866

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