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Hong Tai
Saturday, 28 July, 2007, 12:07 am
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Darwin, Dining

Last night we went to an old faithful, the Hong Tai for dinner.  Located in Aralia Street in Nightcliff, this restaurant is pretty daggy, but the food is outstanding.  They have one waitress that manages the floor and considering how busy it was last night (booked out and it is only a small restaurant) she did a good job.

The Hong Tai serves both Chinese and Thai food and is BYO.  Last night we had vintage Moet (2000) and Piper Hiedsieck as our drinks of choice and they complemented the food perfectly.  We are such regulars, that the waitress does not mind us getting our own drinks and letting her know what we had.  In fact, sometimes when it is busy we seem to serve ourselves.  That is the type of place it is – very casual.

On that note, there is no need to dress up.  Casual dress is the way to go.

Between the seven of us we ate garlic squid, sweet and sour pork, crispy fried chicken, Mongolian lamb, tofu with Chinese vegetables, duck with brown mushrooms, beancurd combination soup, tom yum soup and four serves of mixed entrees.  Let’s not forget the special fried rice and the prawn crackers.

All up, the meal cost $50 per couple and was extremely good value.  The taste was superb and as usual we gorged ourselves.  We left the restaurant very full, content and not to mention a little merry.

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