Review: Ma Ma Sichuan

Ma Ma Sichuan Review

Looking for a cheap lunch buffet? Then maybe you could consider Ma Ma Sichuan...

( The exterior)

(The interior)

See that big red poster? yes! lunch buffet at only AUD 10...  
you might ask yourself what you could get from this restaurant... so lets begin!!!

Above are all the dishes they have for lunch buffet... Quite a lot of varieties for a $10 buffet...  =D

Lets begin with fried noodle and spring roll. The fried noodle was good, although it was a bit tasteless... For the spring roll... it's not really good...  put the blame on the weird filling they have...

Moving on to the next plate...

Fried noodle and Fried rice. The fried rice was tasteless :(  couldn't think of anything good about this fried rice... 

Honey chicken beef in indian-style saucesweet and sour pork... The honey chicken was not bad.. It's just too sweet!!! The beef was weird... I guess, it's because of the sauce having a weird taste and aroma.... The sweet and sour pork was the best!!! It was tasty =D

Stir-fry veggies, black pepper beef and chicken...  Nothing special about the stir-fry veggies , and the black pepper beef and chicken... both of them was alright...

Another mixed veggie stirfry, but this time with chicken (the one on the left).
Personally, I don't really like this one because it's quite sweet. But for people who like their veggie to be sweet, like Rondoletti, you will like it. :D

Well, now we have fried vermicelli with veggies.  I'm not really sure how to describe it. The vermicelli is a bit dry. There taste is somehow similar to the beef in indian-style sauce. There's a specific fragrant that makes it smell like indian food. 

Beside it we have chinese style braised pork ribs, which is a good choice for you to try. The ribs is not that fatty and the sauce is not bad too.

Next, we have fried chicken, fried dumpling, and  mapo tofu.
The fried chicken is crispy on the skin but the meat inside is a bit bland. Maybe it will be much better if they have chili sauce.
For the fried dumpling is quite good. I like the outer side of it since it's chewy. The fillings are made of minced beef, minced mushroom and veggies.
Lastly, mapo tofu. It's quite spicy but overall, again, it's tasteless. We can't expect too much for $10 buffet. :p

We have talked about most of the food at the top. This time I only want to talk about the Braised Pork Leg. For "pork-leg-lovers" maybe this will be a good choice to try. I did take the pork leg but I did not to try it. Sorry about it. It's far too fatty than what I expected.

Finally, to round up our meal we decided to try the soups. As you can see, there 2 types of soup, which are corn soup and chinese mushroom soup. Both are bland. It's not recommended for you. But you really want to try, I suggests you to put some salt and pepper provided there. It may help to fix the taste. :D 

Ma Ma Sichuan also have steamboat buffet, which we've yet to try...  

So in a nutshell....

Price: 8.5/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 6.5/10
Ambience: 5/10

Estimated price/person: $10 (Only available for Lunch)

Ma Ma Sichuan Restaurant
483 Swanston St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: none
-Rondoletti- & ~Rondoletto~

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6 Response to Review: Ma Ma Sichuan

October 9, 2010 at 1:26 AM

I personally think the steamboat buffet isn't really good though. :p For one the food isn't great, the soup base is way too oily and tasteless. And also the service is always terrible (been there 2 or 3 times, the same every time). But on the good side, some of their ready-cooked food are not bad indeed. But for hotpot buffet, I'd recommend the one in Tooronga (金味府) or the one on Elizabeth Street near Melb Uni (ChongQing Hot Pot). :)

October 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Really? Owh... Because I see that it's quite crowded with people eating their steamboat in the evening... So I wonder if it's good.
This place is good for value i guess...

It seems that you love buffet too, don't you?
We love it too.. :D
Let me do some research abt Tooronga (金味府) and ChongQing Hot Pot. It'll be added to our list... :) Thanks for the info.

October 9, 2010 at 2:02 PM

I guess what they do is that they really cater to the Chinese taste buds, as in China Chinese. Cuz I reckon 95% of their customers are from China.

Yup LOVE buffet! Esp the dessert part, always so mouth-watering! Went to New Quay Buffet last weekend. And really, I was drooling when reading your reviews on Kitchen Workshop!

October 9, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Owh... I see... :D

Hahaha.. :D Thx... Maybe I should try New Quay next time. Some of friends told me that their dessert is awesome... What do u think abt their desserts?

October 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

I'd have to say dessert was probably the best, esp the chocolate pudding and chocolate banana cheesecake! Awesomeness! Other desserts were not bad too. Apparently ice-cream was good, but I didn't have time to try it. The Chinese mains were kinda disappointing though - dim sims, BBQ pork & chicken, deep fried seafood were relatively tasteless. Salmon salad was fishy, hence tasted quite weird. Lol.

October 9, 2010 at 5:45 PM

hahaha... Yea. My friends told me so too. The mains are not so good but the dessert is exceptional... :D Well, the only for me to check is to dine there... :p

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