Posted July 26, 2012 by Jennifer Lam in Occasion

Eaton Chinese Restaurant, Ashfield

Bits and bobs about Eaton Restaurant have been entering my consciousness for several years now… However, it wasn’t until recently that I finally dined there.

Ashfield may be known for its abundance of Shanghainese restaurants, but at Eaton Chinese Restaurant, it’s all about the live seafood and its mainland and Cantonese dishes.

Eaton Chinese Restaurant, Ashfield, Sydney - complimentary house soup

Unlike the cheap and cheerful Chinese restaurant in my previous blog post,
the Eaton experience is very much refined. As a “proper Chinese
restaurant”, we have the delight of sipping on the complimentary house
while browsing the broad menu. It’s a nourishing soup with watercress and pork bones; I just love picking at the pork bones – the fall-off-the-bone meat is flaky and so tender.

Eaton Chinese Restaurant, Ashfield, Sydney -Chinese style kimchi pickled cabbage

There’s also complimentary pickled cabbage, although I find that everything else is so flavourful, we barely touch it.

Eaton Chinese Restaurant, Ashfield, Sydney - pipis in XO sauce

To start, we have pipis in XO sauce. The market price for these today are $51/kg. Our half kilo order comes in at 560g which rounds off to $28. The XO sauce is smokey with visible bits of bacon, garlic and dried scallops. It could’ve done with a punchier kick of chilli but every pipi shell was still licked clean 🙂

Eaton Chinese Restaurant, Ashfield, Sydney -provencal hong kong harbor eggplant

Something a bit different is the Hong Kong harbour style eggplant ($17.80). Beneath a scrumptious stir-fry of pork mince, dried shrimps, egg and other mystery ingredients are thick batons of dry-fried eggplant chips. The outside is so light and crisp and the insides are soft and creamy. Soooo good!

Eaton Chinese Restaurant, Ashfield, Sydney -Fujian fried rice

The Fujian fried rice ($16.80) is generously peppered with lots of squid, prawns, chicken, mushrooms, Chinese greens and carrots and of course held together with a deliciously thick sauce.

We also have the pork spare ribs ($16.80) because Zen was concerned we didn’t order enough meat. Ha! There’s a faint scent of fermented beancurd in the crust which I find utterly indulgent.

Eaton Chinese Restaurant, Ashfield, Sydney -salt and pepper spare ribs

Despite it being a Sunday night, the restaurant was packed by 7pm and many hungry diners were turned away! Thankfully, the service is considerate and we didn’t feel rushed at all.

Eaton Chinese Restaurant, Ashfield, Sydney - green jelly with coconut cream dessert

We’re even served the complimentary desserts – a plate of oranges and a bowl each of bitter melon jelly with coconut cream – which by the way, I love! The bitter melon jelly has a distinctive flavour that is reminiscent of pennywort or wheatgrass… but the coconut cream leaves a lingering refreshing sweetness.

Free fruit is good but free bitter melon jelly is awesome!

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Eaton Chinese Restaurant
313 Liverpool Road, Ashfield, NSW
Phone: (02) 9798 2332

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Jennifer Lam

Jennifer is the founder of I Ate My Way Through. Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. These days, you'll most likely find Jen blogging about slow & intentional living On The Slow Lane and sharing what she knows now about mindful parenting and play-based learning at Mama's Got This.