Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Local Eats: Two Penny Chinese

A few weeks ago, I met Greg downtown for lunch since I had to pick up my race package for the Dino Dash.  I texted him and told him I was on my way to pick him up and that he needed to choose a place to eat by the time I got to his office.  He had 3 suggestions and I picked Two Penny because I had heard great things about it and I was excited to try it. 

It's a fair size restaurant, beautifully decorated and very spacious.  It wasn't very busy when we were there but I am guessing it wouldn't get too loud in there when it was.  It is located right next door to Ten Foot Henry (another favorite) on 1st street se.  

We started with steamed bbq buns which I was both excited and sad about.  Excited because I had never tried them before and they sounded like they should be good.  But sad because when they arrived they reminded me of the Disney short film that was shown before the start of The Incredibles 2.  If you have no idea what i am talking about, you can read about it HERE.  It feels so sad to me.  But I got over that and ate one of the dumplings and they were sooooooooo good.  How have i missed out on these all of my life??  Greg said he would buy me the steamer if I learned how to make these but I don't see that happening ever haha. 

Greg and I both ordered the lunch bowls where you chose rice noodles or rice, a protein and then they added some vegetables.  i chose the rice with crispy pork and I was disappointed it with my meal overall.  It was sooooooo bland.  Nothing on the race, a little flavor on what I think was bokchoy and the crispy pork belly had a faint lemongrass flavor to it but nothing to write home about.  I would never ever order this meal again. 

Greg ordered the rice noodles with the duck on the bone and his came with a delicious rich broth and even a suace on the side.  It was so much better than mine.  I used some of his sauce to make mine a little more better.  He loved his and he tried mine and didn't love it. 

Despite my disappointing meal, I would love to come back in the evening and try some more dishes.  Their vegetable section looks amazing.  And I want to try the shrimp and lobster dumplings too.  Just never plain rice and pork belly again.  The service was really good and both the server and the waitress were really friendly too.  You can make reservations on opentable and while it is not needed for lunches, I hear it is really recommended for supper time hours.  Go check it out!

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