Eating Out: The Beijing Dragon, Grimsby
FOR the crispiest spring rolls and the richest duck in Grimsby, there is only one place to go.
The Beijing Dragon, in Abbey Road, offers an authentic Chinese dining experience provided by a family-run business.
Upon arrival at the restaurant, my party of three was given a warm welcome and shown to our seats in a large dining room with traditional Chinese decoration.
It soon became apparent that the welcome was a lot warmer than the temperature in this restaurant.
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However, our drink orders were soon taken, which consisted of two pints of lemonades costing £5.60 and a bottle of Tiger, which came to £3.20.
With our drinks, a basket of prawn crackers and a sweet chilli dip was presented.
This little palate teaser did not last long and after the crunch of the last cracker had been muffled, a fresh new basket was gifted to us – much to our delight.
Following this, our order was taken and it was a unanimous decision to go for a set menu for three, which came to £51.
The pre-selected menu started with mixed hors d’oeuvre, consisting of spring rolls, which were full to burst, sticky chicken satay sticks, as well as crisp seaweed and Chinese spare ribs.
However, the prawn toast sprinkled with sesame seeds was the highlight of this dish.
The three individual portions were perfectly cooked, full of flavour and a generous size compared to what you would usually receive.
By this point the chill of the restaurant was long forgotten and soon half an aromatic crispy duck was delivered with spring onions, cucumber, pancakes and Hoisin sauce.
The duck was both crispy on the outside and moist in the middle and was accompanied by a thick, flavoursome sauce.
After a short break, the final round of dishes came sizzling out of the kitchen.
It was a feast of lemon chicken, king prawns in spring onion and ginger sauce, beef in black pepper sauce as well as special rice and plain noodles.
Each dish was perfectly presented and placed on a hot plate.
The different flavours were mouth-watering and tasted even better.
Although some of the beef was a bit on the chewy side, this could be overlooked due to the fact that everything else was perfect.
Overall, there was an excellent selection of well-cooked and tasty food, although a little more heating would not have gone a miss.