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“Just one thing on the menu....”
Review of China Plate

China Plate
Ranked #242 of 648 Restaurants in Durban
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Peri-peri beef in szechaun style sauce!!! Its the first and only meal I have ordered at China plate. I have tried other meals on the menu such as the pork belly, prawn toasts and sweet and sour pork which didn't disappoint, but the peri-peri beef is by far my favorite. The portions are large and the prices reasonable so make sure you arrive hungry or with company.

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Thank DRohan102
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Reviewed 26 September 2015

The well-loved China Plate, offering probably the best Chinese food you can find in Durban, is let down by its now very jaded décor and a poor outlook.

Situated in a small suburban shopping centre, it is a pity that the car park you look out on has greater appeal than the tired interior which does not do justice to the great range of fresh food.

Busy even on a Saturday lunch, with both seated diners and a stream of takeaway patrons, there's probably no commercial reason for a makeover but unless you're in the neighbourhood Durban offers many more attractive overall dining experiences.

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Thank PennyMilnerSmyth
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

We eat at China Plate at least once or twice during our annual visit to Durban. Owner George is from Shanghai but his food is almost Cantonese in style. Langoustine tails are superb and the roast pork ( actually Shanghai belly of pork and not the usual Hong Kong style ) is very nice. Chins Plate is now under going renovation but take away is available and will be open for diners later this month.

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Thank Ianfung
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

This was part of my review published in the Mercury on July 17

IT WAS a lunch I couldn’t turn
down. Chilli crab in black
bean sauce. Anne Stevens
persuaded me to join her for a
feast at China Plate, the restaurant
of George and Jessie Hu.
George Hu will be remembered
as one of the stars at the Mandarin
Room at the Edward Hotel many
years back. I remember a
landmark birthday there, probably
my 18th, and the sesame crusted
prawns have yet to be repeated.
Today China Plate may be in an
unprepossessing suburban strip
mall, but something is definitely
still cooking in the kitchen.
We started with an enormous
plate of barbecue pork belly on a
bed of fresh wilted greens. Lovely
unctuous stuff. We bagged up
leftovers. Next up were the crispy
garlic langoustines. What a treat.
These were dusted in flour and
quick fried with garlic, so crispy
you could eat the shells. And at
R180 a generous portion, they were
well worth it.
And then the crab. This you
have to order in advance. It was
another generous offering, in a
deliciously spicy black bean sauce
with flavours of ginger coming
through strongly. We both
regretted wearing white, but we
tore through it, no standing on
ceremony. This was good food. And
our shirts told the story.
I know some who believe
Chinese is Chinese is Chinese, but
then what are they ordering?
Yes, the chicken chow mein and
prawn fu yong and veg spring rolls
are all present and correct on the
menu as is a hot and sour soup and
sweet and sour pork. And yes, you
can have bow ties for dessert. But
what makes China Plate is the
more unusual offerings. And Jessie
will gladly take you through the
Chinese menu.
I look forward to trying the
spicy Szechuan fish, the calamari
with leeks or the crispy orange
chicken. And some time soon.
Never skip the prawn toasts.
Venue: China Plate
Address: Shop 12 Park
Boulevard Centre,
Browns Drift Road, Riverside
Telephone: 031 564 6437
Open: Tuesday to Sunday
lunch and dinner

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Thank Frank_Chemaly
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Reviewed 5 July 2015

Food excellent. Husband and wife team always eager to please. I didn't mind the wait, cos the food is freshly made and excellent

Thank reddykami9
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