It’s a bit of a long bow to say that a restaurant that’s been around 28 years and with ties to Jackie Chan is a hidden gem.
But at the same time a lot of experienced Wooley St regulars have never been in to The Ruby in Dickson.
Which is odd as in many ways Dickson’s China Town strip is there because of this venerable restaurant paving the way.
Yesterday after dog walking a friend and I, with a three year old in tow, were looking for a suitable place to lunch and decided to give it a go.
Walking through the door the first impression is off the large tanks full of crayfish, crabs, eels, and other fish.
The second thing was that the rest of the clientelle were in sharp suits and we were dressed for dog walking, and had a three year old in company.
But here’s where one of two really good things happened. The staff didn’t blink, provided excellent service, and engaged wonderfully with the three year old.
The other really good thing is the food.
The menu runs a huge gamut of the very expensive and unusual. Dishes such as lobster, duck’s tongues, pigeon, crocodile, goat hot pot.
But it’s also got more usual, and cheaply priced standards like good old mongolian lamb, and the execution is spot-on
The spring rolls, for instance were stuffed with delicious tid-bits (I’ve never found calamari in a roll by way of example, it worked well).
We had a very tasty meal, with a couple of bottles of Tsing Tao beer for $30 each with flawless service; attentive but not intrusive.
Compared to the service with a snarl of the noodle and BBQ pits of Wooley St it was remarkable, but the service was right up there with the $100 a head eateries servicing the top end of town.
It may be a little unfashionable. But the Ruby is well worth checking out if you’re in Dickson.