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“Try the squirrel fish!”

Wu MenRen Jia (Pan Ru Xiang)
Ranked #51 of 773 Restaurants in Suzhou
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

The squirrel fish was the highlight of our meal here. Don't worry, no squirrels were harmed in the preparation of this dish.

The price for squirrel fish in most restaurants seems high compared to other fish dishes, but the result is highly labour intensive.

The chef parbroils the fish, before deboning the body section without filleting, to retain the basic shape of the fish. It is rhen fried with a yummy sauce, with the flesh cut and turned inside oyt in such a way that the cooked appearance resembles a squirrel with its fur all puffed up.

As there are no bones in it (if prepared properly), this dish is suitable for everyone, including the elderly and young children.

2  Thank Andrew_Alin
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

The food is authentic suzhou food but we found it quite oily.
The setting is ancient style which was nice. Waitresses were attentive.
Overall, found it quite over-rated.

Thank jwee92
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Had a bit of trouble finding the Resturant as it is in a alley off the main drag, and there is no signage. We actually thought we were in the wrong the place. -BTW the alley is directly opposite the empty lot, with a white wall so sorrounding it, used as a parking lot by buses and drivers
But once we got seated, the place was insanely busy, it was well worth it.
No one speaks English but the menu has pictures and everything we had was delicious.
Very quick service, once you order, but don't be polite, and wait for the staff to come to you, just grab the nearest staff member when you can.

To sum up, make the effort to find this Resturant and prepare for the best old you have ever eaten and when the bill arrives you will be even happier as our bill for 4 people was less than $50aud

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2  Thank Jo S
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

You cannot find better restaurants down the tourist area... this one is quite acceptable. Dishes are very big. Can be quite busy during noon though.

Thank Sylvieluk
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

We found this place easily, but then I wasn't sure we had found the right place, but yes, that restaurant in the small alley is the right restaurant. The food was excellent. We got there early and were easily able to get a table. The menu had photos making the ordering very easy.

We had crystal duck livers, sweet and sour "squirrel" fish, Empress Cixi cherry pork, shrimp with BiLu tea leaves, stir fried clover and chickpea leaves, water shield and egg whites (slippery!), "black" blueberry leaves rice, and "eyebrow" baked dumplings (filled with soupy sweet bean.)

My favorites were the river shrimp, the watershield and egg whites and the baked dumplings. We had way too much food for two people, but we wanted a variety.

When it came time to settle up the overseas credit cards did not work! and we didn't have enough cash! so exciting, but a very kind waiter took my partner on the back of his electric scooter to an ATM. That is some pretty amazing hospitality. I am smitten and will return every time I am in Suzhou. We saw many local/Chinese people eating here and they were ordering similar things.

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4  Thank debbieannSydney
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