Alright, I'll admit this isn't going to be my best post. Heck, I'm only writing this one up because I was surprised that foodcourt eateries are listed on Urbanspoon.
We had been shopping for furniture around Nunawading and needed a quick and conveniently located lunch. This is how I found myself at Grain Express, which is located in Box Hill shopping centre's food court. As a rule, I normally avoid Box Hill - it's all a bit much for me - what with the hordes of shoppers. Another rule is that I try and avoid eating at food courts - and to mix some metaphors, they're not exactly tasty beacons of foodie experiences.
I was informed by Mother Hen and Mr Strong that GE does reasonably priced and reasonably tasty food. Going by the other diners in the food court, about 3/4 of all diners were eating GE dishes, and there was pretty much a near constant crowd waiting to put in their orders.
We ordered beef hor fun. This was a fairly generous serve with lots of tender beef. It also had lots of scrambled egg which gave it flavoursome eggyness.
The salt and pepper calamari was a bit average. I couldn't fault the generous serve, but it was obvious that they cook the calamari some time ago and then blitz it in the microwave when someone orders it. As such, the batter and calamari was a bit chewy.
We got some stuffed tofu and capsicum. The stuffing was made with minced pork and prawn. I had the stuffed capsicum. However, I can't really give an opinion on this, as I rarely eat stuffed tofu, etc so I can't really compare this with other places (I don't see what the appeal of this dish is). We also got a serve of congee w century year old egg. This was the best dish that we ordered. A reasonable amount of century year old egg; the congee itself was a nice flavour and consistency.
And who can resist an egg tart - not us, that's for sure. These were okay - the pastry was reasonably flaky but felt a bit stale (perhaps too long in the pie warmer thingy?) and just a wee smaller than what I'd normally expect.
Going by the diners in the foodcourt, GE is clearly the favourite among the locals. For me, the food was okay - I'd rate it as clearly food court quality food, but it was a bit better than the average Chinese foodcourt eatery. Although the food was a smidge or two above average, the price and serving size was pretty good.
Food – 6.5
Service – 6.5
Ambience – 6.5
Price – 9
Box Hill Shopping Centre
17-21 Market St
Box Hill 3128
Telephone: 03 9899 6118