If you are a fan of Cantonese-style BBQ and roast pork, you are in for a treat. There is a new player in town that is setting new standards for Hong Kong-style BBQ meats and cooking. Pleasant BBQ Garden opened for business in October 2016 and has been earning accolades from Chinese customers from metro Atlanta.
Located near the Assi Supermarket off Pleasant Hill Road, this tiny seven tables restaurant looks like your typical Cantonese-style restaurant. This family owned and operated business recently relocated from Flushing, New York.
There are several signature dishes to try at this restaurant. Roast duck (1/2 of roast duck, $12.25) is a must try here. The roast duck is moist and tender and roasted to perfection. It is not too salty or greasy like most other BBQ places in town.
Another dish that will blow you away is the BBQ combo (pick two type of roast meat, $12.99) – we decided on Crispy Skin Roast Pork and BBQ pork. Meat is succulent and tender — most importantly, they don’t use any food coloring on their meats.
Crispy pan fried noodle with seafood ($10.99) is cooked to perfection with several large shrimps, scallops, squids, and Chinese kai-lan. The egg noodles blends well with clear white gravy. This is a savory dish to eat during lunch or dinner.
There are only seven tables at this tiny place. Service is prompt and attentive as it is being rendered by Jason Chen and his sister Pink Chen. Their parents and relatives manned the kitchen. It is strictly a family affair.
In addition to BBQ meats and noodles, they also offer Cantonese-style congee “Jook” with choices ranging from preserved eggs, minced meat, sliced fish, sliced chicken, pork blood jello, etc. Freshly fried crispy dough is available at $1.25 apiece.
In keeping with Hong Kong tradition, they also offer clay-pot casserole dishes. Clay-pot dishes is priced at $7.99. House special preserved meat, salted fish and minced pork, black bean spare ribs, chicken with black mushrooms, beef with egg, and frog with preserved pork meat, are some of the casserole dishes available to order.
Prices are reasonable and well below the competitors in town. They should give Ming’s BBQ on Buford Highway, BBQ Corner at Chinatown, and Hoa Binh Market a run for their money.
This place has yet to be discovered by foodies and mainstream diners. Most of its patrons are Chinese and Cantonese speaking customers who appreciate home-style cooking.
They tend to sell out by late afternoon or dinner hours. It is advisable to dine in earlier to savor the highly favored roast meats.
In my humble opinion, you would have just experienced the best Hong Kong-style BBQ in town.
Pleasant BBQ Garden
1630 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 220,
Duluth GA 30096
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm