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“Great food, family friendly, good value for the location.”
Review of Jolly Chinaman - CLOSED

Jolly Chinaman
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great food, family friendly, good value for the location.”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Took the family there, and had one of the best meals we had on the Gold Coast over two weeks of eating out. Forced the kids to go as they 'don't like chinese', but it was my birthday coming up so I made them. They were converted. For starters we had chicken satay (fantastic spicy satay sauce), Malaysian roti with curry sauce for dipping (beautiful flavour - perhaps wasted on the bread), and some spring rolls (good, but not great - filling a bit chunky with perhaps too much cabbage. Probably the least successful dish we had, but saying that they were still fine).

For mains (with plain rice of course) we had lemon chicken, and crispy duck with plum sauce - both served with the sauce to one side on our request (which was done without an issue). Some of the chicken was a little dry, but otherwise really good and the fussiest kid ate a fair amount of it. The duck was the equal dish of the night (and having the sauce to one side meant not only the kids could choose whether or not to taste it, but the meat also stayed crispy). My 'ewww.... not chinese' daughter loved it, and would have eaten the lot if we'd let her - although she was also shoveling down the calamari in five spice salt - the other top dish of the night that all the kids loved.

So, food ranged from good to excellent. Flavours for the satay sauce and dipping curry sauce stood out for me. The duck & calamari for the kids. Some very interesting dishes on the menu too - so if you have less fussy kids or are running free then I'd definitely consider checking them out. Service was quick and very friendly. Prices were very reasonable for the location, including corkage. Highly recommended - only wish we'd gone there earlier as I am certain we would have visited more than once.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank ninhursag
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Bendico
2 reviews
“Enjoyed the Meal”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We always enjoy eating here. The place is normally busy with a great atmosphere. We've never been disappointed with the food. The staff are always friendly and we never seem to wait too long for our food.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank BendigoJoe
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Gold Coast, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

Excellent food and great value for money, I have not had a bad meal at this restaurant. Nestled in the busy Tedder Ave. great to sit outside and watch the passing traffic. The staff are on the ball and very helpful. We will definitely be returning.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Eileen B
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“So Fresh...!”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

Had a great meal at Jolly Chinaman - wonderful selection, great service and value for money - BYO is great too! Best chinese we've had since the last time we dined here!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Ltd79
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South Australia, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Best Asian Food”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

We dropped into the Jolly Chinaman for a quick meal. Not only were the other diners pleasant the staff were too. We ordered the usual Steak and Black Bean and Lemon Chicken. I told the staff that it was the best dishes we have tasted ever. I am not sure why the Steak and Black Bean was so tasty but I put it down to not over salty and the Lemon Chicken had the crispiest skin. We were suprised at such high quality food. Memorable eat for such basic dishes.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank TraleeTraveller001
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