If it wasn’t for a friend’s recommendation, we would have never known of this place nestled in the heart of East Hangzhou. It’s called the Garden Restaurant; located right at the junction of Fengqi Road and North Jianguo Road. The decoration at the Garden Restaurant is very Thai, but it actually serves a wide range of cuisine. The menu includes specialties of Thai, Singaporean, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese flair. The restaurant itself is as big as the menu. We especially enjoyed the rooftop terrace. You can sit al fresco, basking in the sun, enjoy a nice lunch and the steady stream of civilization moving on North Jianguo Road.
Our feast included Wild Vegetable Rolls with Sesame Paste 芝麻野菜墩 (18RMB), followed by the daily soup – Ginseng Chicken Soup 花旗参炖老鸡 (19RMB/one), Braised Seafood with Green Curry 青咖喱烩海鲜 (88RMB), Stewed Mandarin Fish with Fragrant Sauce 飘香桂鱼皇 (159RMB), Rice Soup with Seafood and Shrimp 原味虾汤海鲜捞饭 (29RMB), Marinated Soy Bean Skin with Chicken Sauce 鸡汁豆浆皮 (32RMB), and Shrimp Dumplings 鲜虾饺 (19RMB/three). We washed everything down with a pitcher of Iced Lemon and Grapefruit Tea. The Ginseng Chicken Soup is delicious. You can tell it has been stewed for several hours, and the chicken is falling-off-the-bone tender. We also loved the Stewed Mandarin Fish with Fragrant Sauce and Shrimp Dumpling. The fish was blessedly de-boned with the meat nicely laid out and covered in all kinds of spices. The Shrimp Dumplings actually have real big shrimps in them, just the way they should be. The Marinated Soy Bean Skin with Chicken Sauce is quite ok too, the red and green peppers add some kick to the soup, so the spicy lovers should love it. Other dishes such as the Hakka Style Meat with Tea Leaves (59RMB), Shredded Chicken with Scallion Oil (36RMB), Sautéed Meat with Garlic and Thai Pepper (38RMB), Sautéed Beef with Spiced Sauce (48RMB), and Pan-Fried Cod Fish (58RMB) all look mighty good.
If you were hoping this review had more of a Thai lilt, we hate to disappoint, but we don’t recommend the Thai and Portuguese cuisine. Stick with the well-done Chinese food, and don’t forget to enjoy the sun and the tea on the rooftop terrace. English menu, Wi-Fi, and parking available.