University Asian Restaurant is located within the Broadway Fair Shopping Centre, along the same road as the University of WA. We first heard about this restaurant through my sister’s friend who recommended for us to come here for tasty and cheap mudcrabs. We decided to go one time and had been back occasionally since as the crabs were indeed cheaper than the other restaurants in the city/Northbridge and my parents discovered their new found favourite food there – crocodile meat! However since last year they had stopped selling the crocodile meat dish so we haven’t been back that often.
The restaurant itself is quite simple and looks like a typical Chinese restaurant with lots of red chinese decorations and streamers, and tables with white clothes and red napkins. It also has a small tank of seafood showcased on the side.
One thing I must comment about this place is the restaurant owner whose name is Richard. He is the friendliest and most attentive restaurant owner I’d encountered so far, taking time to chat to all the customers and explaining the dishes that they offer. He even remembered us even though we haven’t been back for a good six months or so and asked where we have been which came as a surprise to me! What good memory!
On this occasion, we had the following dishes:
- Salt and Pepper Soft-shelled Crab - this is a nice alternative to the Salt & Pepper Spare Ribs, it was extra crunchy and you can eat the crab as a whole, delicious!
- Richard’s Vegetarian Stack - one of their specialty dish, it consisted of layers of green vegetables, carrot and mushrooms topped with japanese tofu – another alternative to the Sizzling Japanese Tofu we always order. It came with a thick gravy which went nicely with the steamed rice.
- Stir-fry King Prawns with Asparagus - tasted as expected but slightly oily.
- Sizzling Fillet Steak - big serving of tender steaks topped with broccoli, cauliflower and onions, great for the meat lovers!
We always have a good meal everytime we go for dinner here and this time is no different - although on this occasion, the service was not as good as Richard was missing and the staff did not seem to know what was going on so they took ages to take our order. I found out later whilst paying that he had actually went out for a walk to catch some fresh air and fell asleep on the bench! Poor guy, he must have been too tired! Anyways he apologised for the slow service by waiving the cost of the fried ice creams we had. What a champ! We were quite happy that he even thought of doing that! Great customer service! We will definitely be back (well, I know my parents will) with such service and reasonably priced tasty dishes!
Rating by: N.L.
University Asian Restaurant
Telephone: 9389 1168
Address: Shop 7/88 Broadway, Broadway Fair Shopping Centre