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Rain’s contemporary Asian cuisine is presented in an equally modern interior with funky orange lighting that matches the birds of paradise which flock together in large vases. Cushioned, cafe-style seating forms an orderly line down the long dining room and two large booths at its end are perfect to gather around for a cosy meal of all the very best flavours that Asia is renowned for. Shallot pancakes are a traditional, home-made treat in Northern China and proprietor Denise Yip believes Rain’s are the best, along with the in-house dumplings. Generously stuffed with pork mince, prawns and mushrooms, she guarantees they will make your yum cha trips to Chinatown redundant. The Thai lemongrass chilli soup is also a serious draw card and brims with prawns, mushrooms and bamboo shoots in a broth with basil leaves, tomato, ginger and chilli paste.
Mains boast a succulent assortment of meat and seafood dishes. Hong Kong spicy fish is battered and comes served with a unique addition of deep-fried vegetable leaves. King prawns with chilli and long beans are tossed in a spicy garlic sauce, while the blue swimmer crab and rocket omelette goes perfectly with a crisp white wine. Duck smoked in Chinese tea leaves and brown sugar is served with Peking sauce and is definitely a menu highlight, while salt and pepper chicken is wok-finished with chilli, shallots and coriander. For the vegos in the house the bean curd hot-pot combines the delicate deep-fried pillows with shallots, mushrooms and oyster sauce.