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avoid imperial at swinger

By wendysoh - 30 August 2007 30

We went for a meal at the imperial chinese restaurant at the swinger hill shops on a wed night.  We were the only patrons – but what the heck!  After being seated, an older lady come out from the kitchen and loudly complained in Cantonese that we were basically a nuisance as they now have to stay open longer.

My friend asked for a fork as he had arthritis in his hands which made eating with a chopstick fairly hard.  The waitress then demanded why he couldn’t use the chopstick – we have never been interrogated in this way before!!  At the end of the meal, the older lady flung the bill on our table saying they were closing – this was 9:30pm.  We paid at the counter – she tried to short change me!  After sorting out the bill, we checked the closing time – it was 10pm.

Conclusion:  food wasn’t great – service was horrendous!!  Recommendation – AVIOD IT LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!! 

By the way, if you want to mouth off at someone in Cantonese, you better make sure they don’t understand what you’re saying!!!

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avoid imperial at swinger
bonfire 3:11 pm 30 Aug 07

im told the civic asian noodle house, which apart from location is identical in every respect to the asian dickson noodle house, is in fact an unauthorised knockoff operation right down to the menu…

anyone know if this is true or if potential mrs bonfire was leg pulling.

caf 2:57 pm 30 Aug 07

The Tip Top, upstairs in Garema Pl, is one of my faves.

Loose Brown 1:56 pm 30 Aug 07

Don’t forget the Dickson Noodle House – their laska is consistently good.

Danman 1:30 pm 30 Aug 07

ginger and spice is a good local for me – mmm 10 spice chicken – but a ne competitor around the corner is Hot Chillies – they do a really really nice lemon and basil beef

astrojax 1:15 pm 30 Aug 07

for good chinese-style food, tak kee at dickson was first roast duck place in cbr, and is still the best. china tea club at nth lyneham is also tasty. and sammy’s… what can you say, but yum!

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:59 pm 30 Aug 07

swinger hill is a sht hole

WTF?

Thanks for the tip re Imperial – now everybody in my office has it as well 🙂

Stung 12:51 pm 30 Aug 07

What i mean is that swinger hill is a sht hole, so I wouldnt expect too much of the restaurants. Can’t speak on the indian there though.

I didn’t say anything about Pearce however – Ramas is one of my favourites.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 12:24 pm 30 Aug 07

Has anyone here tried My’s at Cooleman Court. I’ve been there twice, and I would say they have some of the best food I’ve ever tasted.

astrojax 12:21 pm 30 Aug 07

stung, what do you mean by the reference to s/h shops? the indian restaurant there is sensational, as is the one at pearce shops – so why should the location cause concern??

MEATBEE 12:20 pm 30 Aug 07

swinger hill shops: have you been to jahengir? (spelling?). Possible the best indian in canberra.

I had a very similar experience at that indian place in belco next to the old ground floor. When they want you to leave they turn the heating and lights off and open the door. again – well before closing time.

hingo 12:11 pm 30 Aug 07

Ginger & Spice @ Gungahlin FTW! Best food ever!

S4anta 12:02 pm 30 Aug 07

word DMD, word.

Deadmandrinking 11:54 am 30 Aug 07

To follow up Justbands, I’ve also found the Vietnamese restaurant at the old Macquarie shops to be one of the best restaurants ever. The owner is good-humored and friendly and the food…mmmm…fried icecream. I’m gonna get me some of that soon.

justbands 11:46 am 30 Aug 07

Did you respond in Cantonese when they were abusing you? That would be funny.

Somewhat related….not Chinese, however the Vietnamese place at Fisher Shops is the exact opposite of what you’ve just described. Food is great, service even better.

Stung 11:30 am 30 Aug 07

“swinger hill shops”

wtf did you expect??

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