435 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000
Phone: (03) 9329 1560
Rose Garden has been on Urbanspoon’s Top 10 Cheap Eats in Melbourne CBD for quite a while now and I have no idea what is all this craze about. Firstly, it does not have a beautiful shop front nor many seats available in store. It is common to see diners sitting outside of the shop along the road on the makeshift tables and chairs. Nobody seems to mind about the condition, the crowd just keeps coming in! I reckon it has got to do with the FOOD served.
I decided to pop by RG and get some takeaway as I was too lazy to cook dinner! The menu was extensive for such a small eatery and a queue was already forming when I got there. For the fact that the food are being cooked on the spot, I reckon the service is still fast and swift!
J had BBQ Pork @ $8. The serving was huge and generous, with the rice almost filling up the whole box and the numerous pieces of pork layered on top. It was a perfect and sumptuous dinner for a cold night!
I got my favourite Sweet and Sour Pork with rice @ $8.50. There was no overpowering sweetness to it, the meat was not too fried and there was a good mix of vegetables too! As mentioned above, the serving was big, but I just wanted to have more with the yummy gravy (even though I know it is very unhealthy)! kekeke!
We also ordered two of their homemade drinks: Lime Barley and Grass Jelly. The barley was refreshing and quench the oiliness after the dinner; as for the grass jelly, it was done differently, the lady actually added condensed milk into it. Personally, I always have it plain with the grass jelly “juice”. Hmmm.
Rose Garden is a hidden gem and warning: NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER! It may be ugly on the outside, but it actually harbours many interesting surprises waiting for foodies like us to explore! 🙂 It is absolutely a place worth visiting again and again and there are so many other temptations for you to put your taste buds to the test. RG also provides telephone order services, so if you are tired after a long day at work and want something fast, give them a call and by the time you get there, the food will be ready for you! 😛