We had a nice dinner here however there were a coupple things which threw me off here. The second I walked in (with a mask may i note) i noticed a pungent smell of cigarettes. The later once we got our meal I found a hair in it. Not a huge deal as these things happen, but just something to think about. Otherwise the food was wonderfull.
We enjoyed the food, it was great, the service by the staff was amazing, very accommodating to our requirements for the evening.
Few of the Chinese restaurants that did an awesome job at Chinese food. It is awesome. Recommend the fired rice.
Tucked down a side street (Allen St.) off Wakefield Street you could be forgiven for overlooking BTCR as it is somewhat off the beaten track of the Courtenay Place plethora of pubs and eateries with their loud pub music and merry patrons especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
This little gem will not disappoint especially if it's brunch or Yum Char you're after. It's as good if not better than some older or larger Chinese Restaurants offering similar fare. There are dishes galore from dim sims to lotus-wrapped rice (one of the nicest sticky rice parcels to date with finely diced chicken), to succulent roast pork (the melt-in-your-mouth crackling is simply the BEST in town!), seafood dumplings, etc. and of course there are desserts as well such as the quintessential egg custard tarts and other Chinese cakes for those who like to finish their banquet with sweeter treats.
The only negative is the chilli sauce which is so bland it is devoid of any kick (unlike the All Blacks :) or flavour. You may have to resort to bringing your own chilli-oil sauce, preferably one that's designed for yum chars to score more cuisine goals. On the whole though the parceled delicacies have been deliciously crafted to perfection, enabling BT to be a serious contender for the Gold Medal of Yum Char Olympics!
Service is very quick and the hostess is very gracious and friendly. You will never run out of tea as she is ever so attentive. If you are looking for a fabulous Chinese yum char brunchquet to share with friends or/and family in convivial surroundings then visit the Big Thumb Restaurant! So here's a BIG THUMB to them!
PS: Taking the family out to brunch after your Covid-19 vaccine jabs is a great way to "make the medicine go down in the most delightful way"!... (Mary Poppins). Bon Appetit !
After enjoying yum cha in many of wellington's restaurants over the last 20 years I can quite honestly say that today's yum cha at big thumb was the absolute best I have ever had! The flavours were amazing, the food was beautifully cooked and the service was very attentive.
Highly highly recommended.
Maybe the decor is looking a bit tired but that is the least your concerns when you are enjoying food that is this good 👍