Oh dear, how does one
Big Wang BBQ is a relatively new restaurant on Morphett Street, just one block away from the Central Markets. No big signage, no phone number, no menu displayed, just tacky BIG WANG BBQ stuck on the windows, so you might need a magnifying glass to find it. We only knew about this restaurant on Twitter when MasterChef food guru Matt Preston tweeted a pic of himself standing in front of the sign.
small, little, no expectations because there
was absolutely nothing on the internet about this place, so we decided to head
there early in case there were any schlong long queues. Arriving at 5:30pm we saw that a few tables
had customers and could smell charcoal spicy meats being cooked.
We were quickly seated, and noticed menus on the table. The menus were interestingly handwritten in English on one side and the reverse side the Chinese menu was printed. They must have forgotten they were setting up shop in Australia?
We waited, and waited and waited and were never approached by any of the anime lookalike waitresses. So we finally waved to one of the waitresses and began ordering (with a lot of communication issues) random dishes off the menu.
Within 5 minutes after ordering, the plates of skewered meats started
coming to be brought out.
A little premature quick we thought, but none the less we dug
One of the first dishes that
came arrived was crushed
cucumber and peanuts. A very refreshing
dish of small pieces of cucumber, peanuts served in a tangy, slightly spicy soy/vinegar
The lamb on skewers was very nice. Full of spice and tender pieces of lamb. Each skewer is 80 cents, but that is not even a mouthful. So you’ll need to order a few to satisfy your thirst for meat. The beef on the other hand, was a bit hard to chew and swallow....
Chicken wings were nice tasting at the start, but the centres were cold. So basically the wings may be boiled and cooled, and when requested would be dipped in the marinating sauces and placed over the coals, hence the
arrival of many of the dishes. In
addition, we ordered the pork belly + enoki dish twice, and on both occasions
the middle piece of the skewer was uncooked.
Poor form..... Our hopes for Big Wang was shrinking...
Out came prawns, meh... octopus, cold again, meh.....chicken hearts, I wasn't even sure if they were hearts, definitely didn't taste like them...fried noodles, they were ok, but nothing great. After eating for over an hour and sampling pretty much the entire menu, I realised everything tasted the same. They were all average, nothing outstanding.
The highlight of the night was the fish, a $5.60 dish with 2 large pieces of fish fillet, covered with dry spices, the rest of the other dishes, just didn't ‘measure up’.
Now, eating at a BBQ restaurant with skewers, chicken wings and the like, you’d expect pretty greasy hands. There weren't any curtains on the walls so we asked multiple times to get more napkins, and only once were we provided with an additional napkin each, yes singular, 1 each.
Overall, Big Wang failed to deliver a happy ending.