If you haven't been to Cabra-vale Diggers for some time, you should come back and check out their new $18 million dollar renovated venue including the brand new spanking dining area called "District 8". I went there for a family meal and was eager to see what has changed.
As I walked in, I notice how new and welcoming District 8 is. It reminds me of a bigger, more spacious version of Chatswood's hawker lane - A fancy Asian eating area with an extensive menu. I quickly learn that it's called District 8 because there are 8 key areas that you can dine at. They include
- Dumplings, Congee and Soup, Noodles
- BBQ Asian Meats
- Grilled and Stir Fries
- Chinese a la carte in Horizon Restaurant
- Asian Bakery (nice desserts)
- Fruit juices / salads
- Drinks Bar
I already eye off some of the fellow tables to see what they are eating. I see lots of delicious dumplings and noodle soups at the tables next to me. There is so much variety at District 8 from Chinese to Thai to Malaysian and Vietnamese food. I'm overwhelmed with choice.
I poke my head into one of the rooms and the staff tell me that there are function rooms available for big groups or even Christmas parties. It looks very swish and intimate. I also like the decorations and furnishings, especially the lucky cat wall.
The signature dumplings - the xiao long bao ($7.50 for 6) are delicious with thin dough skin and hot soup awaiting soy, vinegar and chilli sauce. This is the must order dish. The dumplings are incredibly high quality and perfectly balanced.
The mushroom dumplings ($6.50) have perfectly silky skin and are nice and hot with mushroom and vegetable filling. These dumplings are best eaten with chilli sauce. This is also a good option for your vegetarian friends. I eat most of these as i really enjoy them
Rhonda also says the highlight of the meal for her is the Massaman Curry ($12.50). She's tried quite a few in the area at Thai restaurants but claims this is the best one as the beef is incredibly tender. The mildly creamy sauce with the chunks of potato and cashews make for a moreish curry.
We're having a really nice family dinner at District 8!
All the food I ordered was high quality, reasonably priced and delicious. My picks are the dumplings and that massamam curry
Price: $12-14 for most mains.
Location: 1 Bartley St, Canley Vale
Opening Hours: 11am to late daily