Small servings spoil Starlight experience
Starlight is the new Chinese kid on the block at Remarkables Park, and appears to be keenly anticipated judging by the steady flow of locals through the doors. The restaurant itself is a bit of a box with some simple decor and a touch of the Orient.
None of us were sure what would appeal to the 7-and-unders. A children’s menu was available and sounded like good value at $10 for a prawn cracker entree, a choice of mains (all chicken, including lemon, sweet and sour, and chow mein) and ice cream dessert, but we were not keen on ordering them a single dish when chances were they would like the look of their parents’ better. Fortunately, it is one of the joys of Asian dining that the dishes can be shared, and we decided to order a selection to try to suit all tastes. The vegetable spring rolls ($8) were nicely presented with a smart slice through the middle and sweet and sour sauce. The seafood menu was limited to five items and we opted for king prawns with broccoli and mushroom in oyster sauce ($22). The meal was small and grey, the least appealing of our dishes. While many of the others had great flavour, it soon became clear that the small quantities – about the size of a bread and butter plate – were standard. Two favourites, chicken in lemon sauce ($18) and chicken with vegetables and cashew nuts ($18) were solid versions. Perhaps the highlight was the sweet and sour pork ($18), which had great flavour. We ordered a ‘‘big’’ bowl of rice ($5) but as soon as we saw it ordered another. There was a good selection of drinks and we enjoyed Speight’s ($6) and a Settlers Hill chardonnay ($7.50)
I felt a bit sorry for the serving staff on the night we visited. Our crew rolled in like a small storm already fortified by an afternoon of socialising. We ordered items that weren’t on the menu, and were cheerfully accommodated. No-one stayed in their seats and the children were most delighted when they discovered long beads
at the entrance way to the toilets.
Starlight is a good addition to the Remarkables Park shopping centre. We enjoyed the meal and were made welcome despite being a probably overwhelming addition to the clientele on a Saturday night. We were disappointed with the size of the dishes and I was surprised to learn from friends who had lunch there the next day that their meals were very large. Maybe we dined at the wrong time of day but there is a lot to be said for consistency.
Rising star?: Starlight Restaurant, the new Chinese kid on the block at Remarkables Park.