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The Parlour
    • ADDRESS:
      Columbia Circle,
      Bldg 19, 1262 Yan'an Xi Lu,
      near Panyu Lu
      延安西路1262号19栋, 近番禺路

    • PHONE:
      5273 5759
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    • AREA:
    • METRO:
      20 mins walk from Jiaotong University
    • HOURS:
      Tue-Sun, 11am-midnight
      Closed Mondays
    • CARDS:
      Local cards accepted
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    • Editor's Description
      Casual fine dining with a focus on grilled meat, Neapolitan style pizza, and cocktails, cocktails, cocktails from Arthur Joseph, who's previously worked with Claude Bosi in London. Design centerpiece is the disco ball pizza oven, which actually works in both capacities. It is, admittedly, rather neat. Concept is dinner, bougie cocktails, and sticking around for a DJ lounge sort of vibe, and back again into late night food orders. The pizza's decent! The cocktails are fine too, though the names are maybe a little dated. "Shanghai Lady", "Pink Memory", "My Passion" jump out as a little 2010. Music programming's by the China Social Club, and that's cool.
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    • Thought I would give the much-touted Columbia Country Club compound that is sandwiched between Yan'an Xi Lu and Panyu Lu, a second shot. I was somewhat reluctant to venture back, having had a poor experience at another of the restaurants within. My arm was twisted by a fair maiden, what more can one do, but acquiesce.

      Arrived at around 19h30, through what appeared to be the back door of the restaurant? “Shanghai Sign writers” aren't making much money these days, they could make a fortune on directional signage. There were just two other diners seated within the rather large Parlour. Oh dear I thought this does not bode well, especially when “three doors down” Inkwood was “chock a block”, did we choose the right venue for dinner I am saying to myself.

      We were seated at a table, with chairs at the right height to table ratio, wonders never cease! Offered the menu, and drinks list by a charming young waitress called Cathy and opted to start with drinks, a glass of Prosecco and a glass of Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc, both were served at the correct temperature, the pours were generous, and price point spot on for a change.

      Seeing the many reviews from other social platforms, decided to go with what seemed to be the most popular dishes. Wishbone fried chicken wings, Vietnamese style of serving with a tangy dipping sauce, with a mix of crunchy pickled beetroot and radish on the side, which makes a change from the usual fare around town of serving a blue cheese dip with wings. Unsure why they call them wishbone though, a bit tough and dry. Tuna Tartar, now any time one reads a menu, you conjure up what you think the dish might resemble, this dish was actually pretty dam good, two slices of what appeared to be compressed rice cake, topped with the chopped tuna and to round off a quail’s egg atop, could have done with just a little more seasoning of salt in my opinion. Mortadella Pizza, what more can be said it’s a thin crust pizza with a Curly Wurly topping of pistachio sauce. Beef Dripping chips, served with Kimchi sauce, not bad, at least they were once thick cut potatoes, none of your shoestring jobbies. A further three glasses wine, this time a Shiraz from Down Under, again decent pours and affordable pricing To end, a white chocolate parfait, just right and well presented, the chef is obviously talented in this department.

      We were there for about two hours, delighted to see other diners coming in and enjoying the fare, and cross section of folk. Great selection of music, sort of throwback to the 70’s and 80’s sounds of Philly and Motown music played, and not blaring out. Overall a good impression of the venue, certainly value for money at 636RMB for two, just a pity there were not more punters on a Friday evening, but then again it was raining. I would certainly recommend.

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