A Koala in China
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As an Australian (and after 10 days straight of Bow-zar), it was a real delight to discover a Koala in China. A colleague introduced me to a wonderful little restaurant owned by a Chinese born Australian, called "Koala". It is the only one of its kind in all of northern China. The owner was born in China and has lived in Australia for the past 25 years before returning to China just 3 years ago. He trained professionally as a chef for 5 years in Australia and ran his own successful restaurant in Sydney. When he returned to China, he realised that there was no one in northern China who offered Australian food and recognised a new business opportunity. The food is genuinely Australian (with a few adjustments for the Chinese taste).
The star of the menu is the Gnocci. It is available in a cream sauce or a tomatoe sauce. It certainly lived up to the hype and was absolutely perfect, melt in the mouth, seriously delicious comfort food. Just perfect to warm the heart!
I ordered the Potato and Leek soup, followed by a Beef Salad and Spinach Gnocci. The chef then told us they had just made some fresh hand-made Creme Caramel, so of course we ordered one each! It was the best I have ever had anywhere!! I would have licked the plate if I could.
I am not a coffee drinker, but my companions orderd expresso coffee, and I could tell by the moans of delight that it had to be good.
It is the perfect place if you want to eat something that is 5 star gourmet quality yet avoiding the major and usual chains of Western outlets (KFC, McDonalds, Starbucks) and the pricey hotel restuarants. It is also great to support a true local family business. Every member of the family works in the restuarant and the service is genuine and personal. The owner has plans to expand the restaurant and we were delighted to discuss catering plans for our all of our campus sites in Shenyang.
It really is the best combination of Australian (western) and China culture and food. It all blends very well in a natural and understated way. It is not overdone like other attempts of having a western-style overseas restaurant I have seen (such as Walkabout). Koala is completely genuine and authentic.
Koala is definitely a must destination for any traveller through Shenyang.