Gold Leaf is your typical Chinese restaurant that offers Dim Sum aka Yum Cha. This location is located on the outskirts of Melbourne.
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Gold Leaf’s decor is the usual Chinese restaurant decor. They have the white cloth on the tables, red pillars and bright red dragons on the wall. The tacky decor is only match by the servers tacky outfit. However, it makes it an authentic experience. Just the way I like it.
Gold Leaf servers speaks pretty good English. There wasn’t a huge crowd for us because luckily for us we arrived right when it opened. Actually, they weren’t opened. We just barged our way through the door and screamed “Thug Life. Westside til we die.” Okay. We didn’t do that. My Aussie uncle is a regular here, so they seated us.
Now, the Yum Cha portion of the review also known as dim sum for non-Chinese folks. Here were my favorite items on the menu:
- Shiu Mai – It’s your typical item on all of dim sum menu. It’s a pork and shrimp dumpling and came out in 3. It comes out piping hot on the table just the way I like it. It’s succulent, tasty, full of flavor and sweet like yours truly.
- Har Gow – This is another typical item found on all dim sum menus. Har Gow is traditionally one of the dish dim sum chefs are judged. The skin wasn’t thick and you can see the generous portion. It was cooked perfectly and plump like yours truly.
- Won tons – This was by far my favorite item on their menu. There were only 3 won tons but the size of them were generous. I could taste flavor of the shrimp inside the won ton. It was definitely succulent. It was juicy. It was all a dream. I used to read word up magazine. Salt N Pepa, Heavy D up in the limousine.
- Shrimp dumpling – The shrimp dumpling was topped with fried shallots. The shrimp was cut right down the middle to give it a more plump and juicy flavor to it. It had a massive shrimp on top of it and the shrimp was the size of Texas. Well, not really but you get the analogy.
Lastly, I have to say Gold Leaf ranks in my top 10 dim sum spots in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to have had dim sum in Vancouver, Lima, Macau, Shanghai, Philadelphia, Beijing, Washington DC, Seattle, Boston, Taipei, San Francisco, Orange County, Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Seoul, Melbourne, Sydney, Chicago, San Diego, San Jose, and Cranford. With all those cities, Gold Leaf in Melbourne is definitely up there. I highly recommend them like not posting shirtless selfies on dating sites.[adinserter name=”Block 1″]
- Service - 7/107/10
- Presentation - 6.5/106.5/10
- Flavors - 8.5/108.5/10
- Decor - 5/105/10
- Ambiance - 6.5/106.5/10