Highfields' Own - - RESTAURANT REVIEW -

Qi’lin Ori­en­tal Cui­sine has long held a spe­cial place in the hearts of Toowoomba res­i­dents, and their new menu boasts fur­ther rea­sons to visit.

En­ter­ing Qi’lin at the Hooper Cen­tre you are trans­ported to the old world charm of China, in­stantly greeted by the smells of a kitchen that ex­cels in its field.

First on the day’s menu was the Sweet Chilli Chicken, a fresh twist on the more tra­di­tional honey or lemon chicken.

A re­fresh­ing bite of chilli is pitched against the sweet sauce of the dish, com­ple­ment­ing the fresh­ness of the meat and in­stantly com­pelling you to reach for more.

Take a seat at their ta­ble to sam­ple the Sha Cha Beef with Veg­eta­bles.

Deep, rich flavours of the beef are set off by owner An­nette’s fresh take on tra­di­tional Chi­nese sta­ple, Sha Cha sauce.

This sauce is a fu­sion of iconic Chi­nese flavours and fea­tures a med­ley of veg­eta­bles in­clud­ing onion, car­rot, cap­sicum and zuc­chini. The next dish was the im­mensely pop­u­lar Seafood Fried Rice. Fea­tur­ing the suc­cu­lent flavours of scored squid, the meaty tex­ture of great prawns and beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated with crafted veg­etable art, this dish is a sig­na­ture one for the restau­rant.

A visit that in­cludes Qi’lin Bar­be­cue Pork Ribs is also mem­o­rable, with a stun­ningly sculpted red onion lo­tus flower adorn­ing a bed of feath­ered fen­nel for gar­nish.

Mouth­wa­ter­ingly, the meat falls eas­ily from the bone, slathered in a gen­er­ous por­tion of the house bar­be­cue sauce.

The fi­nal dish was a fit­ting finish for the sit­ting; Chilli Soya Bean Lamb With Veg­eta­bles.

Ten­der and steeped in flavour, the lamb is set off mas­ter­fully by the sauce; a twist on the pop­u­lar black bean sauce of­ten used in Chi­nese cook­ing.

The veg­eta­bles too have ab­sorbed the rich flavours of the dish and com­ple­ment the ex­quis­ite flavour of the lamb.

A glass of Qi Lin’s fa­mous Dragon Tea, an iced in­fu­sion of Chi­nese herbal tea and lemon, is the per­fect palate cleanser.

It is a new menu that will leave you sat­is­fied, en­chanted and plan­ning your re­turn visit.

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