Fan Tan Cafe is a fun little eatery nestled in the heart of Chinatown. This place has ambiance to spare. Lighting is soft, the tables are candle lit and they play groovy jazz music. Cheerful paintings adorn the walls. The menu features mainly Cantonese cuisine with a few Szechwan dishes if you like it spicy!
Fan Tan Cafe is one of the best bargains around for lunch if, like me, you occasionally crave "white folks" Chinese food. What can I say? It’s a guilty pleasure and I daresay a great hangover cure. For only 7.50 you can make your own combo plate. Choose three items from a lengthy list. Try ginger tofu or that venerable favourite sweet and sour pork. If you abhor this sort of thing take heart, this restaurant also makes many authentic Chinese dishes that Asian people will actually eat. Try the beef and ginger chow funn - tender slices of lean beef sauteed with oyster sauce and bok choy on a mound of saucy rice noodles. On a rainy day order a bowl of wonton soup topped with crispy duck. Wash it down with plenty of green tea. In the evening you can order a martini and lounge in front of the colourful goldfish tank while you wait for your pot stickers to arrive.
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I love Fan Tan Cafe! I'm glad to hear they are still there! Their shrimp dumplings are yummy... and all the dishes you mentioned sound great! And I also love their decor and great music.ReplyDelete
I'll have to try the shrimp dumplings! I am obsessed by dumplings and have rarely met one I didn't like. My Chinese friend was once terribly impressed that I could hoover them down in the early morning liberally doused with chili sauce no less (mmm, dim sum!)ReplyDelete
They have amazing deals on lunch combos. Taken a few friends there & they were impressed with how little things cost.ReplyDelete