“Please don’t tell me everything is wonderful now”
Wonderful Garden describes itself as “The best Chinese food in town”. Your Dear Leader would hazard a guess that this may have been true; in 1978* when it first opened. However, it’s a massive claim to make in 2016. Time machines have not been invented (yet), but you don’t need one in Melbourne. Just take a short walk down an unnamed Melbourne lane-way at the Baghdad end of Collins Street and you will be instantly be transported back in time.
The Dear Luncher has eaten at Wonderful Garden several times. The Wonderful Garden bells always seem to chime at around lunchtime of a hangover day. Your Dear Luncher has no scientific evidence to verify these claims, but the greasy goodness of food like this seems to help in these situations. Retrospective reviews can be fun, but on this occasion The Dear Luncher felt it would be apt to revisit Wonderful Garden and indulge so that the review is current.
Your Dear Luncher was greeted by the proprietor who is familiar with his face due to a dim-sim addiction (The Dear Luncher is seeking help for this). Today’s order consisted of one steamed homemade dim-sim, Mongolian beef with special fried rice. All for the ridiculously low price of $10.80.
Expectations were met. The Dear Luncher does not go to an old-world Chinese take-away shop with bain-marie produce and expect Ginger Boy. The beef was tender and the rice was satisfactory. It may have even been cooked on the same day. This meal filled the gap and also cured a mild hangover. There’s also something quite soothing about giving places like this money. Yes, that right – actual money. The EFTPOS machine has not yet been invented.
2.5 is the pass mark on Zomato and I feel Wonderful Garden achieves this because of their beautiful simplicity, accessible prices and time machine experience. Feed a family of eight for just $14!
* The Dear Luncher has no idea what year Wonderful Gardens actually opened.
Location: Alleyway at 610 Collins Street, Melbourne.
Phone: (03) 9629-5015
Cuisine: Old school Chinese