Every now and then my family dines at Belmont Forum for a quality brunch. Then are the times we go out for a Chinese Meal. But in my 11 years of staying in Australia, my family have never had a Chinese meal in Belmont Forum, until this week. So what has changed you might ask? Well, a lot. Starting from the rejuvenation of Belmont Forum to the addition of quality bites, the whole Forum is changing. Rapidly. From GYG Mexican and Schnitz to San Churros, a new Chinese restaurant called Canton Lane has opened and it was epic.
Familiar faces at Canton Lane tells me that the restaurant is a quality chain that includes Canton Bay and Hong Kong BBQ. With that being said, I expect the Roast Meat at Canton Lane to be top notch so I decided to give the Peking Duck a try.
This was the Peking Duck (without the deep fried Mantou). Describing it in one sentence, Canton Lane has used crispy duck skin paired with juicy duck flesh wrapped with refreshing pickled vegetables finished with a dollop of sweet sauce! Its been awhile since I had Peking Duck so this was really enjoyable!
We also had another appetiser of XO Radish Cake. This one ticks all the boxes with their perfectly browned radish cake which is fluffy and soft on the inside. The XO sauce packed a decent punch with hints of scallops present through-out the fry-up. If anything, I would have liked it a little stickier (i.e. more sauce)! Nonetheless, it was every bit satisfying.
Prawns with Salted Egg
Japanese Beancurd on Hot Plate with Diced Chicken and Salted Fish.
The Canton Lane’s main menu has all the usual Canton suspects. Pictured are the Prawns with Salted Egg, Pan Fried Tooth Fish, and Japanese Beancurd on Hot Plate. Other favourites like Peking Ribs and Roast Meat are also on the menu. The cooking at Canton Lane hit all the sweet spots I would want when I dine at a Cantonese Restaurant. Execution of the Deep Fried food such as the prawn and fish was kept really clean. No sense of overpowering greasiness in the fragrance or to the taste. Salted egg dressing was really traditional (and generous)! What more could you ask for? Even the Garlic Kailan was delicious!
Dad is very critical about his Chinese food and felt that Canton Lane exceeded his expectations for a restaurant soft launch. For me, I was super keen to know we no longer needed to go through the struggle of finding parking in Northbridge!! A much welcomed addition to Belmont Forum. Canton Lane opened on the 10th of April serving Dim Sum during the day and Chinese meals. From delicious Dim Sum to perfectly Roasted Meats to traditional Cantonese fare, you can get it all at Canton Lane at Belmont Forum.